Australians embrace the concept of indoor-outdoor living more today than in previous decades. The most sought-after properties, in Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills and the surrounding suburbs, typically include a stylish and fully functional outdoor entertaining space.

If your Hills District home has an oversized backyard, but you’ve not yet fully utilising the area, then why not transform it into a place for relaxing and entertaining, with friends and family? It’s not only a great addition for you and your family and an excellent way to increase the value of your home.

Today we share details of which outdoor entertaining features are on trend and ticking those all-important boxes with Hills Shire home buyers.

Why have an outdoor entertaining area

With our year-round mild climate and almost-endless summers, it’s no wonder Sydney-siders look forward to spending as much time as possible outdoors. Having a lovely deck and some weatherproof furniture gives you an opportunity to enjoy your backyard as much as the children or grandchildren do!

Upgrading your outdoor area is an excellent way to add extra living or dining room, particularly if you construct a pergola with a roof, as showcased by local award-winning business Aussie Outdoor Living. And the best part is that you can continue to eat meals outside in the warmer months even if there’s a rain shower or it’s an extremely sunny day.

If you’re planning on selling your home, transforming an outdoor space can be a relatively cost-effective way to make your home more appealing to home buyers. For renovation inspiration, check out local renovation company Three Birds. They’ve delivered several home makeover projects that have completely revitalised outdoor spaces with clever use of decking.

Latest trends in Hills District outdoor entertaining

Outdoor Kitchens

If you’re serving food to your guests in an outdoor entertaining area, do you cook outside as well? The humble bbq has evolved into a full-blown outdoor kitchen, complete with preparation surfaces, cook-tops, sinks and fridges. When researching this feature, look for materials which stand up to the elements, and are easy to clean.

Fire pits and fireplaces

Fire pits and fireplaces are also hot property for outdoor entertaining areas right now. The range of styles are vast, from in-built fireplaces with a chimney to a free-standing chiminea, or a portable brazier, there are lots of fun options for toasting delicious marshmallows!

Overhead cover

There’s also trends in patio roofing materials including traditional Colorbond or insulated panels, or use translucent polycarbonate, which will let in light but not UV rays. Add built-in lights, space heaters and ceiling fans to make the space even more practical for year-round use.

How to upgrade your outdoor area

Consider how you plan to use your outdoor area when going through the design process. If you’re a keen cook, that built-in outdoor kitchen is a must-have. Otherwise, you can probably get away with a sturdy deck, some shading and comfortable outdoor furniture.

As mentioned, the way your home flows from inside to out is important too. Design your outdoor space so it is as easy as possible to access from the house. A set of sliding or French doors will make it easy to bring the outside in and let the fresh air flow.

Finally, keep landscaping in mind. Your outdoor entertaining area will fall flat if your garden doesn’t match. Talk to a landscaper about optimising the layout of your outside space, or visit a local Hills District nursery, such as Flower Power to source durable plants which stay looking their best all year round.

As well as making your home more attractive to buyers and boosting its sale price, an outdoor entertaining area can make your home a more enjoyable, functional and comfortable place to live.

Amazing outdoor entertaining areas in The Hills

Main Photo courtesy Three Birds Renovations

Jane Booty, Tony Didd and team

Jane Booty, Tony Didd and team

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