Garden Rooms, Balconies, Decks & Patios

Decorate your outdoor living spaces
Spring is almost upon us and warmer days are not far away. If you have ideas for your outdoor spaces, now is the time to get cracking. 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
Forget my last feature for DIY outdoor furniture, this is definitely one garden suite that I want to build. 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 any reclaimed timber you manage to get your hands on.
New 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. The product provides a durable, tough finish that will dress up any patio or take the hard work out of maintaining a deck.
Add a paved patio area
Winter is the perfect time to get cracking on outdoor projects such as adding a paved patio. 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. Hire a catering table for the day if you don't already have a large dining table, and use items that you already have in and around the home to create a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Shady ideas for a patio
When the hot summer sun beats down you need a place to take respite that's cool and relaxing. 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 a deck or patio for entertaining
Transform a deck for patio into the ultimate outdoor space for your family - or for entertaining friends. With some DIY creativity you can create the ultimate outdoor space. 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. You will find this project budget-friendly and easy to do with basic DIY skills and tools.
Make the most of your 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. Even a tiny balcony that only seats two - at a squeeze - can still be dressed up and made comfortable.
Simple, affordable pergola design
Browse the Internet and you will find plenty of projects that show you how to build a pergola, some of which range from designs that will blow over in the wind, to those that are way over the top when it comes to materials and technique. 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
Depending on the type of wood used for your deck installation you may have a deck that is looking worn and faded and definitely not the beautiful deck that was originally installed. 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 patio or 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. With any flooring choice their are pros and cons as to durability, maintenance, appearance and safety. In this article we look at the various flooring options available and how each one offers benefits and disadvantages - helping you to make the right choice.
Set the outdoor 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
A medium or large size balcony can be decorated to provide additional 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. They are just as much a part of house design as any room in the home. 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?
Decks are becoming a popular choice, whether DIY or professionally installed, for adding an entertainment or additional living area to a garden. But if staining or sanding aren't something you're willing to do to keep the deck looking sharp, you need to carefully consider your choice of deck material. You need to decide what materials to use and whether or not to finish the surface of your deck or leave it unfinished.
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. We show you how to use Plascon Floor Paint and Plascon Velvaglo to transform a drab and boring porch floor.
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. As long as the finish is in good condition, or only requires a few fix ups here and there, you can paint the slab any colour, and add any design you like.
Transform a garden shed, hut or wendy house
I have a garden shed, but it doesn't look anything like this one. My garden shed is packed to the brim with stuff that has nowhere else to go. But I love the idea of buying a ready-made garden shed and transforming it into a sanctuary for the garden. 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 townhouse 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
Building a deck is a project that can be tackled over a weekend - for a small one - or over a couple of weekends for a larger 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 and affordable 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. These table settings can easily be achieved with just a few items that you might already have, or can be purchased affordably.
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. If you have welding experience, you can design a bed using square or round steel. While the average DIY-er will use timber to build a day bed - don't this you are limited in any way.
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. A basic timber deck like the one in this project, won't cost a fortune but will add to the value of your property.
Great DIY patio ideas
As South Africans, 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. In this feature we take a look at great DIY patio ideas and patio designs that are manageable for the DIY-er.

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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 marquis for the event. He built an enclosure out of marine plywood and transparent plastic sheet.
Maintain a timber deck
When the rainy season is over, this is the perfect time to tackle maintenance and any repairs that need to be done, and while it is true that maintenance can be labour intensive, with the right equipment and the proper products on hand you can easily tackle this project over a free weekend.
Extend your summer living
As summer comes to an end it gives you time to think about how you can extend the time you spend outdoors. South Africans 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. With the exception of a few components, everything needed was bought at Builders Warehouse.
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. Here is what you’ll need for such project:
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
It's the time of the year when spending time outdoors is getting a bit on the chilly side, but it's a great time to think about the spring and summer months ahead. 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, and here are some ideas to help you:
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. Being able to entertain outdoors is something most people take for granted in our warm, sunny climate. Here's how to ...
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. What immediately caught my attention was the simple yet stunning design of the outside area.
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. Check out Woodoc's guidelines for refinishing a deck.
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 to keep it looking beautiful.
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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