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Pave outdoor entertainment area
The newly paved outdoor area is designed to provide more open space for seating and raise the level of the ground to allow for water drainage problems.
Turn outdoor areas into living spaces
Transform outdoor areas into comfortable living spaces using decor accessories and recycled materials and some DIY savvy.
Turn a carport into a stylish patio
Whether you renovate an existing carport into a patio or decide to have a basic carport erected, the simple design of a carport allows you to set up an easy patio area in a small or large garden.
How not to fit a shade sail !
So, I rushed out and bought a shade sail at my local Builders Warehouse, only to find that the sail was far too small and didn't even offer shade over the area that needed to be covered.
I made my own outdoor patio furniture!
Some time back I wrote on making your own designer patio furniture. I did mention that this was my dream patio suite and that I would be making my own patio furniture when time allowed and I have now completed the sofa part of the suite.
Transform a plain patio
When you have nothing more than a concrete slab for a patio, it's nice to know there is something you can do to transform the space into a lovely outdoor area that has everything you need to sit outdoors during spring and summer.


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Make the most of outdoor living areas
I was putting finishing touches to my new outdoor area and trying to decide whether to make an outdoor dining table and add chairs or make an outdoor lounge set. I put together ideas to turn a plain outdoor area into a great living space.
Decorate your outdoor living spaces
Turn that boring outdoor area into a relaxing spot to laze away summer days or entertain on balmy evenings. All you need is a little imagination and a few accessories.
Multi-level DIY deck
A courtyard with concrete slab floor was transformed from a dull and dreary outdoor area into a multi-level entertainment space. The entire project involved a DIY deck installation using pine wood planks in two widths and on varying levels.
DIY designer patio furniture
The outdoor patio suite probably costs a small fortune but is a simple DIY project that anyone could tackle. I would probably use Meranti for the construction, but you could just as easily use reclaimed timber.


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Rust-Oleum Restore for concrete patio
Just in time for summer, Rust-Oleum have launched a range of Restore products that are ideal for painting on wood or concrete.
Add a paved patio area
If you don't already have a paved or concrete patio, using cement paving bricks, clay bricks, or even reclaimed bricks, is an affordable and reasonably easy project that can be done in a weekend - or two - tops!
End-of-summer entertaining ideas
As we head towards autumn and the weather starts to cool down, set up your garden for an afternoon or evening's get together with family or friends.
Shady ideas for a patio
A structure, whether fixed or freestanding, natural or constructed, should provide enough shade to cool down your guests or family and stay out of the sun's harmful UV rays.
Transform patio for entertaining
Perfect for entertaining friends, dining outdoors, or simply sitting back to relax, transform your deck or patio into the perfect place to while away warm summer evenings.
Make the most of a small balcony
Living in a flat or townhouse might only offer a small balcony to sit outdoors and enjoy the sun, but that doesn't mean that you can't make the most of the space.


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Simple, affordable pergola design
We managed to find a pergola design that is simple and affordable, and that anyone with some DIY savvy can tackle in a weekend or two.
Get your deck in shape for the holidays
Wood needs a regular application of nourishing treatments to protect and preserve, so here's how to get your wood deck looking good for the holidays.
Flooring options for outdoor dining
Choosing the right floor for your patio or entertainment area can be as difficult as selecting the right flooring for your home interior. In this article we look at the various flooring options available and how each one offers benefits and disadvantages.
Set the table for alfresco dining
Warm summer days and cool evenings normally mean family gatherings or lunch or dinner with friends. Decorate and prepare a beautiful table for your family or guests with alfresco dining infused with colour and atmosphere.
Balcony becomes added living space
Use your imagination to design an outdoor living area that fits within the space and provides comfortable seating and a place to relax in the cool evenings.
Practical outdoor structures
Today's outdoor areas are more than just a walk in the garden. Small or large, gardens are being utilized for extending outdoor living spaces - and with our beautiful climate, why not?


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Decking: Finish or leave unfinished?
DIY or professionally installed, decks are popular for adding an entertainment or additional living area to a garden. But if regular maintenance isn't something you're willing to do you need to carefully consider your choice of deck material.
Decorate a porch floor with paint
You can use today's paints to transform any feature in a home and today we look at how to paint a porch, whether it's concrete or wood.
Paint a concrete slab or patio
There's no reason why you can't paint a design onto a concrete slab or patio, in fact, painting concrete is a quick and easy way to update a boring concrete slab.
Transform a garden shed
Buying a garden shed that's already assembled means you have more time to spend tweaking it here and there to make it perfect for your garden.
Design a comfortable patio area
It might be getting chilly outdoors but now is the perfect time to start planning for that patio you've always dreamed of. If you start on the project now - your new patio will be ready for action as soon as warm weather arrives.
Patio design for a small garden
When planning or designing a patio area for a small garden take into consideration that sometimes less is more. With the right materials and clever planting, even a small patio can feel more expansive.


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Build a beautiful DIY deck
 Making your own deck can save you thousands of rands and is not as difficult as you may think. I have included a video at the bottom of this feature that shows just how easy it is to build your own DIY deck.
Simple ideas for table setting
With the holidays soon upon us, I thought it might be nice to have a feature on simple, yet elegant, table settings that can be laid indoors or outdoors, depending upon the weather.
Options for patio roof
Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. You've already realised that it's time to put a roof on the patio so that you can spend more time outdoors. But what roof options are there...?
Relax outdoors in a daybed
What could be more luxurious than having a daybed to relax on when it's sunny and hot. You can design and build your own daybed using a variety of materials.
Build a basic deck
Not only gorgeous to look at, building your own freestanding deck allows you to set up an entertainment area wherever you like, without having to spend money on plans and waiting months for approval.
Great DIY patio ideas
We spend a lot of our time outdoors, so it makes sense to design an outdoor space - a patio - that provides everything we need for spending time in the garden relaxing or entertaining friends and family.


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Creative with plywood
Having to host a large party at home, Roberto Gil decided to get creative rather than hire an expensive marquee for the event. He built an enclosure out of marine plywood and transparent plastic sheet.
Maintain a timber deck
This is the perfect time to tackle maintenance and any repairs that need to be done. With the right equipment and the proper products on hand you can easily tackle this project over a weekend.
Extend your summer living
We are lucky enough to have beautiful weather for most of the year, and it makes sense to use whatever space is available outdoors to not only take advantage of this, but also to extend living spaces.
Build a deck in a day
Here's how to build your own deck. My new deck took approximately two weeks from start to finish and came in at well under R10,000 for a complete entertainment area that is covered and decorated.
Paint a rug on a dated deck
Add some colour to your deck or patio and add a painted rug. you wanna spice up a dining area on your deck you might want to place a rug there. Although not many rugs can survive there for long. The best way is to paint a rug there.
Design an affordable outdoor retreat
Creating a separate space in the garden gives you a great getaway for work, hobbies, or just some piece and quiet.


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High style - low maintenance gardens
 While the garden is dormant you have the time to plan for any changes that you want to make to increase your enjoyment of your own home for entertainment.
Decorate a balcony
For many townhouse and flat dwellers, spending time in the garden is a tiny shaded balcony that overlooks a neighbour's balcony or garden. There are ways to make the space feel more welcoming and private.
Merge outdoors and indoors
Want to create a room that blends seamlessly with the garden beyond? Doing so will make your interior space feel bigger, brighter and contemporary - and it will draw attention to your garden beyond, too.
Extend your living space
If your home does not have the luxury of large, open living spaces look to the garden to add on to your home. This is definitely a more affordable option than building extra rooms.
Minimalist garden with high style
The moment I saw this courtyard garden I fell in love! Designed by talented architects from Ong & Ong Singapore, this is a stunning, truly breathtaking property - with everything designed to perfection.
Create a shady patio
Here's a fairly simple way to add a structure to create a patio for shade during the hottest times of the day.


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Deck in need of some TLC?
Refinishing your deck regularly, usually every eight to twelve months, avoids cracking and splintering of the wood, keeping the surface of the deck attractive and safe.
Give your deck a makeover
Exposed to extreme climate, excess moisture and exposure to harsh UV sunlight, your deck can easily become worn and faded. But you can transform your deck in no time at all, by performing annual maintenance.
Faux stone patio
Concrete is a sturdy and durable floor for a patio, but it’s certainly not charming. Learn how to transform your concrete slab into a faux-stone living space.
 


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