You’re Planning for the Future: But with so many options, how do you get started?
The perfect addition to any Australian home is a great outdoor entertaining area. Not only does it enhance your home lifestyle with an ideal atmosphere to entertain family and friends, it’s also a great way to add value to your home, making it wonderfully sound investment.
With such a wide range of styles, materials and inclusions to consider, we know that the decision can be daunting at first, so we’ve put together this simple guide to tell you all you need to know about the different options available to make your outdoor entertaining project a success.
Patios, Pergolas & Verandahs
A patio, pergola or verandah is the perfect way to create an outdoor entertaining space and is must-have for most Australian families. Not only will it add value to your home, it will also turn an un-used backyard into a versatile and functional asset that can serve a multitude of purposes.
When we think about weatherproofing a Patio, we often think about protecting against rain. But it is also just as important to consider protection from the harsh Australian sun and windy conditions too. Properly weatherproofing your Patio is vital to ensuring the year-round enjoyment and usability for the whole family.
HINT: If you are looking for an all year-round solution the family will love, check out the Apollo All Weather Patio.
At Apollo we offer a huge range of designs and finishes for your outdoor home addition. Whichever style you choose, rest assured in our quality workmanship and exclusive products that will stand the test of time with durable finishes that resist peeling, cracking, or chipping.
Apollo’s exclusive building system creates a beautiful clean ceiling look, hiding away structural elements such as support struts or beams. Our unique DuraSheen paint will keep you cool inside your patio or pergola, with a high-gloss finish that ensures your space is light and bright.
Whether you opt for a patio, pergola or verandah, the key design considerations include:
Possibly the first thing to consider when creating a patio, pergola or verandah is the roofing style. The 3 most common types of roofing are:
Gabled rooves are instantly recognizable for their triangular shape and almost house-like aesthetics. Not only attractive, these provide superior durability and resilience. They also provide extra space and height, making it perhaps the most ideal roof that can be had for your home-outdoor entertaining area.
Probably the most recognised style, a traditional flat-top patio will allow you to create a sectioned area while still letting in the air and sunshine.
Pergola Open Top
Most commonly, the roof is made from open rafters that might feature a living, green canopy. But it’s not uncommon, particularly these days, for pergolas to be completely open, making for a perfect spot to relax while the sun shines bright.
A deck is a great way to create a sectioned outdoor entertaining area. Decks even work well on sloping, uneven, or poorly draining sites and are a great solution for avoiding muddy grass underfoot. Apollo Patios’ decks are built with a steel under structure, overlaid with our exclusive Apollo Outdoor Flooring which provides a beautiful finish. Unlike natural wood, our decks wont splinter or warp and have a seamless look with hidden screws and fixtures, which prevents insects from popping up thru the surface to say hello.
Concrete or Tiles
You will be amazed at the different looks that can be achieved with concrete these days, at a very economical rate. Gone are the days where you have to settle for the old, dull grey concrete slab. The design. Colour & finish options are almost endless. Also stamped concrete can give you a similar visual effect like tiles of pavers while generally being more cost-effective. Tiles are also available in a wide variety of colours, sizes, textures, and finishes. Tiles can give you the natural stone look if that is the look you are going with.
3. Screens & Walls
Apollo All Weather Patio Screens
Remember that special occasion that had to be moved indoors when the unexpected rain and wind crashed the party? Unfortunately for most, their Pergola-Patios are a no-go zone during the colder months. But not anymore!
Enter the Apollo All Weather Patio Screens, a true lifestyle changer when it comes to all-year-round living!
Whether you’re building from scratch or upgrading an existing patio or pergola the Apollo All Weather Patio Screens are customised to suit your existing space in a variety of configurations including multi stacker & bifolding. Our Screens are made from Crystal Clear and Dimensionally Stable Polyvinyl. This allows you to enjoy a relaxing and fully open Patio during the warmer months and closed, cosy Patio during the colder months with minimal fuss and effort.
If your building a new patio or you have got an existing patio / pergola that you are wanting to upgrade, then privacy screens need to be a consideration. Our privacy screens are made from aluminium or wood-grained aluminium slats. They will not chip, do not require maintenance and will last for years and years.
Apollo Thermo Fixed Louvers
In general terms A louver is a horizontal slat angled to admit light, air, and sunshine. The Apollo Patios fixed thermo-louvers are specially designed for maximum privacy and ventilation.
A balustrade is a type of railing, usually found lining staircases or terraces. If you need balustrades added, we have a range of tubular, slatted or stainless-steel wire options available.
Sunroom / Glassed enclosures
A sunroom or glass enclosure from Apollo Patios will give you a home addition that can be enjoyed all year round, perfect outdoor living and entertaining. A sunroom or glass enclosure gives you protection from the all-weather elements as well as being insect / bug proof. A sunroom or glass enclosure is an extension to the home that the whole family can enjoy all-year-round without interruption.
So, there you have it! Hopefully now you’re better equipped to take the first step in making your outdoor entertaining goals a reality. If you need a little more style inspiration – check out our Gallery & Testimonials to see some of our amazing before and after backyard transformations.