The team here at Oasis Patios love the outdoors! That’s why we enjoy consulting, designing and building patios, gazebos and carports for our clients rain, hail or shine. Whilst a patio can provide a whole new entertainment space for you, there is a lot more involved in creating an amazing back garden which is why we’ve created this blog with over 30 articles to help you get the most from your outdoors.
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Read on below to learn about improving your garden, balcony, choosing outdoor furniture and much much more.
There are many ten’s of thousands of patios installed across Australia each year, providing shade and extra living space to Australian families. These patios come in many shapes and sizes to suit their respective backyards and the client’s needs. Whether you’re planning on getting a patio for extra shade, more storage space or to create your own outdoor oasis, there are many patio designs to suit your tastes.
We’ve compiled a list of the 5 most popular patio designs that we’re asked to build.
Flat patios create a sleek modern look for your outdoor space. This design of patio has become increasingly popular over the past few years.
The great thing about flat patios is they can be raised to give you a high ceiling. This doesn’t just make the space seem larger but improve airflow through the patio area unlike other builds that trap a layer of hot air.
This advantage is great in summer when the weather is hot but louvers and patio blinds are a definite must for trapping hot air in the winter months. For an ultra modern, stylish look, consider using Glosswood boards on the ceiling.
Find out more about Oasis Patio’s Flat Patios, HERE.
If you’ve got an ‘L shaped’ home, with a square section in the back garden, then a Pyramid patio is probably right for you.
These types of patios usually join to your homes eaves on two sides straight into your gutters. This is the main reason for the pyramid shape, giving you a higher ceiling inside the patio whilst still joining to the gutters.
Usually your usual gutters are adequate for getting rid of the extra water, however, depending on the size of your new patio, we may need to upgrade your guttering.
The main advantages are that the raised inside with exposed metal work gives you the ability to hang plants, lights, heaters and decorations whilst also trapping in some heat during winter. Interested in a pyramid patio? Find out more.
Enclosing the triangulated ends of the gables with translucent or completely transparent sheeting will give you the low angle sun into your patio in Winter without getting that horrible glare. This will really add to your patio’s lighting in the afternoons, especially if you enclose it.
As with flat patios, slanted patios can be raised above the line of your homes eaves in order to create the feeling of a larger area and more headspace. Slanted patios, like the one pictured left, reduce the amount of rain from the patio roof into your home’s gutters, thus making for an easier, cheaper install.
The pitch of the patio can even make it suitable for solar panel installations or an easy connection via the lower sides gutter into a backgarden rain water tank. These advantages makes slanted patios great for eco-friendly homes.
It’s easy to see why, with the dome design being both stylish and expansive. We can build dome patios with overlapping half-arcs, see picture, that allow hot air to escape the top. This encourages convection currents, therefore passively cooling your patio area more.
Semi-transparent sheeting material is a good choice to encourage UV-friendly light, however we also build using solid tin if preferred.
Raising the height of a dome style patio is also easy and we can custom design one to suit your home!
Well, there is a short lesson in Patio design and the associated advantages of each style. For more patio tips and tricks, regularly updated, check out our Facebook page.
Here at Oasis Patios, we are committed to helping you enjoy the outdoors with our patios! However, climate change is threatening our outdoor lifestyle with hotter summers and unpredictable weather. This must change and requires immediate action! This is why we have gone carbon-neutral.
Over the past few months, we’ve moved our business from Maddington to our new location at Unit 22, 1736 Albany Hwy in the Kenwick Business Park.
This hasn’t just provided us with more space, a nicer display room and the basis from which to provide our customers with better service, but also the ability to do our own thing and install rooftop solar panels.
In doing so, we now make more electricity than we use. This wasn’t just done to reduce our electricity bill but because we have a real passion for the climate and ensuring that our future generations will be able to enjoy their outdoor entertainment area without smog, extreme heat or crazy weather.
Thanks to our new neighbours, TheLightingStore, we’ve cut down on our electricity bill. We’ve done this through changing our lights from semi-efficient fluorescents to these LED filament bulbs, halving our lighting costs.
Complimenting this, we’ve also installed motion sensors to turn off lights and other appliances when we’re out of the office.
To learn more about our solar panel system, Contact us.
Especially in Australia, where land is bountiful, we dream of a huge back garden. Nothing attracts us more than a near-endless landscape to which we can retreat at will.
However, the rise of inner-city living means housing density has skyrocketed, and homeowners are finding themselves with ever-smaller lots. There has to be a way to maximise your tiny outdoor space and make it work for you, without feeling like you’re missing out.
If you had a huge property, you’d have to invest in bargain-basement designs to fill the whole thing. The good news is, if you have a smaller garden, you have less space to fill – and are able to fill the space with higher-end designs. Even though they might cost a little more per square metre, you’ll be paying less overall. Enjoy the luxury you’ve always wanted!
Let’s face it – chores in the garden aren’t a lot of fun. And if you have a huge yard, you’ll need to spend even more time digging, weeding and mowing. A smaller garden cuts this time in half and means you’ll spend more time enjoying – not cleaning – your outdoor space.
If you live by yourself or in a couple, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time by yourself. A massive lot may feel more comfortable, homely and pleasantly self-contained.
Who said small living had to be boring? A small space means you’ll own fewer things, and have more room in your life for the things that matter more.
What’s more, it will be a lot more peaceful and zen-like in your own tidy sanctuary.
To clear up space in your miniscule garden, consider some of the most interesting design elements. A vertical garden, for instance, will help you create a beautiful focal point on your wall. Mix the plants right, with different textures and styles. Add a watering system and you’ll have a point of interest.
When people think of patios, it’s often the summer months they have in mind. After all, there’s nothing better than a long, warm night spent in your garden enjoying the company of your nearest and dearest. We’re here to tell you that patios are also a perfect investment for the winter months – even if you could think of nothing worse than venturing out into the cold. A couple of simple adjustments will have you making use of your patio and getting the most from your investment. Here is how to utilise your outdoor entertainment area all year round.
Think the kind of overhead heating that keeps you warm in cafes. Energy-efficient (and therefore cheap to run), this type of heating will make your outdoor adventures pleasant.
If you prefer, a wood heater also provides a great ambience – all you have to worry about is collecting firewood and keeping the fire smouldering, and you’re set.
With winter comes rain, and rain means you’ll avoid going outside as much as possible. Ensure your patio or deck is protected from the elements, either by installing a drop sheet, shade cloth or robust roof.
And, while we’re on the topic of shelter, it’s important to let the sunlight in sometimes. Invest in an outdoor roof that you can close in summer, to keep out the harmful UV rays, and open in winter to let the sunlight in. Alternatively, speak to us about installing translucent paneling to improve the amount of light under your patio area.
Nothing says escaping from the frost than slipping into a bubbling hot spa in your own backyard. It may be pricey, but you’ll come to love spending time in the heat.
Sometimes, the early sunset and dark nights can make winter feel oppressive. Choosing decorative lights, lanterns and candles means you’ll bring some warmth to your space, and have your guests enjoying the outdoors well into the night.
Make your space more inviting and you won’t be able to resist going outdoors as much as possible. Install an outdoor stove, BBQ or pizza oven and you’ll be cooking up a storm through the winter months. What’s more, the stovetop will keep your outdoor space warm, even on the coldest winter day.
As well as cookware, you can ensure your patio space is magnetic with beautiful throw cushions, weather-proof furniture and soft blankets. When you’re all rugged up, it’ll be easy to spend time outdoors.
Just by selecting a few well-chosen elements for your patio, you’ll be able to enjoy your investment all year.
When it comes to decorating your outdoor areas, you have a lot of options at your disposal. You could go all-out and choose the most expensive options on the market. But let’s face it; who has that kind of money?
We’re all for on-budget landscaping that packs a punch without breaking a hole in your bank account. Here are our top ideas for keeping your garden looking great – with irresistible prices.
Stick to evergreens
If there’s one thing that ensures your garden looks good all year ‘round, it’s investing in evergreen plants. Sure, you might like the look of deciduous trees – particularly when they don their autumnal foliage – but come winter and you’re left with a bare bones tree that does nothing for the look of your garden.
Instead of plants that only show their true colours in some months of the year, opt for the ones that are gorgeous throughout the year. They’ll be a worthy investment.
Use low-cost lights
There’s nothing better than spending time outdoors when the sun has gone down. From summertime barbeques to winter stargazing sessions, the great outdoors truly is the place to be.
But outdoor lighting can be pricey, what with the cost of electrical work and installation. Instead, choose outdoor fairy lights, which provide a gorgeous focal point, while helping you enjoy your backyard well into the night.
Build a retaining wall
If you’re looking for a tip that won’t just look great, but will improve the quality of your yard, look no further than the simple retaining wall. Built around a flower bed, elevating the plants within, the wall doesn’t just look great but prevents soil erosion when it rains, too. Add a point of interest that ties your whole garden together – and ensure you don’t have to attend to the soil too often.
Create a veggie garden
Stop shopping at the supermarkets and start to grow your own veggies. The right ones will look great in the corner of your garden, and will help you save on your grocery bills.
If your project is simple enough, see if you can do it yourself. It might take a bit of time but with some high-quality products and the right know-how, you could be on your way to creating something spectacular. Plus, think about the looks you’ll get when you tell people who created your new masterpiece!
They’re the bane of every barbecue. Whether flies, mosquitos or something else, flying insects are nothing but a pest for owners of outdoor dining and entertaining areas. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep them at bay, so you and your guests can enjoy your meal and your time together in peace.
Shed some light on the situation
Citronella oil candles are almost as Aussie as a boxing kangaroo. They’re a favourite of families across our bug-infested continent with good reason. These candles have been proven to effectively repel a variety of flying insects including a range of mosquitos and common flies. Derived from different species of lemongrass, they provide a pleasant, herbal scent while also helping keep your meal pest-free.
For maximum effectiveness, combine candles with a bug lantern placed outside the scented area. Once ugly, plastic, practical-looking things, these useful devices have been reinvented to offer more in the way of decoration to users. Take a look around and find one that suits your décor. A word of caution about using these devices: they’ve been known to also attract insects that aren’t harmful such as bees and beetles. Therefore it’s a good idea to only turn yours on when you’re using the space.
Some smart thinking can minimise the risk of bugs in the first place. Standing water and high grass are both great ways to attract flying insects, so make sure to keep your lawn trimmed short. Ensure there’s proper drainage throughout your property and especially around your patio or deck. Not only will you be contending with more pests, you run the risk of encouraging moisture damage to outdoor structures. Keep your lawn well-manicured and dry and you’ll hopefully remove a lot of the appeal for insects.
If you’re still battling flying insects, the sure-fire way to solve the problem for good is to erect mosquito netting.
Take a look at department stores and budget furniture stores. You’re sure to be able to find high-quality, machine-washable netting at a great price. It can even add to certain décors, helping to close off the space and make it feel more cosy and intimate.
For more information on making the most of your outdoor area, get in touch with Oasis Patios. We can help you build a deck or patio you’ll love to throw barbecues, parties and dinners on.
Even if you’re not a gym nut, ensuring that you have some fitness equipment around the home can help you keep in shape without an expensive gym membership. One of the most common complaints about working out is finding the motivation to get out of bed, get changed, drive/cycle/jog to the gym and check in is harder than the actual workout! Avoid all of those problems by turning your patio or deck into an at-home gym. Whether you’re into cardio, strength or flexibility training, it’s easy to tailor your space to your exact requirements.
Movable or permanent?
The first decision you have to make is do you want to leave the equipment out there full-time, or will you be moving it under cover when not in use? Your decision will largely depend on the size of your yard, what else you do in your yard, and whether you mind the equipment being seen by guests. Fortunately, regardless of your choice, you’ll have a range of choices. Permanent installations can be anything as basic as a pull up bar right up to weather-resistant exercise gear designed for public parks. If you’re not so keen about leaving it all out there 365 days a year, you can get many of the same exercises and target the same muscle groups with some innovative temporary options.
Think simple and versatile
You don’t need to run out and spend thousands and thousands of dollars on expensive, state-of-the-art fitness systems. Many, many exercises can be performed with simple equipment that be put away after use, or constructed cheaply. Balance beams, yoga props and incline benches can all be made at home for very little money and left outside or moved under cover as necessary.
Store-bought equipment such as kettlebells, dumbbells, sandbags, skipping ropes and more can all augment your outdoor workout. The important thing is to think low-tech – work out the way your grandfather did. Even if your equipment is movable, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll accidentally leave it outside, so make sure that you don’t buy anything that’ll rust, and especially that you don’t buy anything powered! Look for steel, wood and leather exercise materials and look up some workouts on YouTube to ensure you’re getting a varied workout.
Start with the right foundation and speak to the team at Oasis Patios to find out what we can do for you and your property.
September has rolled around which means that Spring has arrived! All those plants that have gone dormant will soon blossom, and the longer, warmer days will mean you’ll be spending more time outside, and may even be hosting some events with friends and family.
As the seasons change, so should your home. Welcome spring into your house and your yard with some clever, fresh new decorations for your outdoor area. You won’t have to do a lot to make the most of this beautiful season around your property.
A little work goes a long way
Small touches like some a new potted plant near the front door, stringing up some fairy lights or setting up the outdoor dining area in anticipation of some quality time really signal a change around your home. You’ll be spending more time outside than during winter, so think about how you can make it an inviting space for you, your family and any guests. Keeping the space warm and well-lit with portable gas heaters and soft, indirect lighting can instantly get your space party ready.
Practical things like growing window boxes of herbs or laying out citronella candles to keep the mosquitos at bay do more than look good. Look for ways you can blend form and function around your patio.
So much beautiful colour is just springing out of the soil this month that it’d be a shame not to make the most of it. Buy some flowers or grow your own, cut them and try your hand at arranging them next to your front or back door, or in your outdoor dining area. It gives the whole area such a lift.
If you’ve got a green thumb, the beginning of spring is the perfect time to do some gardening. Do some weeding now while the shoots are still small to keep the workload light, and start preparing the lawn by removing debris from winter. When you’re ready, you can start planting some early spring vegetables such as peas, lettuces and spinach, followed later on by radishes, new potatoes and onions. Plan intelligently and you can reap a fantastic harvest through this season and into summer.
For the perfect start to a beautiful outdoor space this spring, speak to the experts at Oasis Patios about how we can help you.
Cuttings are a great way to give your garden new growth: they’re free, they’re easy to plant and they grow quickly. In case you don’t know, a cutting is part of a plant that can be removed and grow its own roots. When you take a cutting, try to take a piece that springs back once bent. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it is something to aim for when you go out looking for a plant. It’s also worth noting that while you may find success in any time of year, the colder months typically cause plants to establish roots at a slower rate.
There is some grey area when it comes to growing cuttings—some seem to thrive in the most unlikely circumstances, while others are treated perfectly and never quite make it. Either way, here’s our tips on what to do to give it the best chance of flourishing.
Taking a cutting
Once you’ve found a healthy plant, take some shears or a sharp knife and cut on an angle just below the point at which a leaf is growing from a stem. It’s important to try and make a clean cut, as this makes it easier for the cutting to establish roots once it’s planted. Cut the leaves off the lower part of the stem, leaving a few near the top, and try slightly scraping parts of the stem to encourage more growth.
Planting the cutting
For best results, it’s a great idea to use some form of potting mix when you plant your cutting. The ideal potting mix can vary between plants, so have a quick search on the web for the best recipe to use for your particular specimen. Some avid gardeners like to try a few different combinations to see what gets the best result, but you may find a standard mix is sufficient.
Once your potting mix is ready, pour it into a pot or a hole in your garden and leave a space for the stem of your cutting. Place the cutting in the gap and fill in the rest of the hole with potting mix before giving it a reasonable amount of water.
Encouraging the cutting to grow
Humidity and fresh air helps cuttings establish roots. If the cutting is planted in a pot, try covering it using a plastic lid with air holes; if it’s in the ground, you can surround it with a plastic bag (not touching the cutting itself) using sticks or a wireframe.
Giving the cutting a light spray every morning and evening, along with the occasional hosing, helps it stay moist. Roots can sometimes be established within as little as four weeks during warmer months, but patience may be required during winter.
When you finally see roots growing upon gentle and diligent inspection, it’s time that the little battler gets used to the real world! Taking the cover away from the plant will help it acclimatise to the elements, especially the cooler temperatures in the evening. With plenty of persistence and a little bit of luck, you’ll have a brand new addition to the garden!
When you have a pool, the best thing you can do is keep it looking beautiful and luscious, all year long. Not only does a well-adorned pool create a great point of interest in your home, it gives somewhere for native plants and animals to enjoy when they visit your home.
In winter or summer, plants will provide a welcome addition. But which plants are the right ones your outdoor landscape?
If you have a saltwater pool
Make sure you choose plants that naturally grow in coastal areas. Otherwise, you may find that they are being damaged by the corrosive salt.
To decorate the surrounds of your saltwater pool, choose plants like a Chinese Hibiscus or even Rosemary to add some extra interest. Any plant whose leaves have a silvery sheen, or are a little furry or waxy are your best bet.
If your pool is chlorinated
Even though chlorine isn’t as corrosive as saltwater, it still pays to find hardy plants that will be able to withstand the odd chemical-laden splash.
Bright and cheerful Birds of Paradise will provide a splash of colour by your poolside. Otherwise, Papyrus or Agapanthus can be used in your outdoor decorating.
If you’re looking for native plants
Of course, the best kind to choose are Australian natives, which will attract the most diverse animals, birdlife and insects to your garden.
The best natives for the poolside are trees like Banksia or Blueberry Ash. You could also choose a groundcover such as Grevillea or Australe Storksbill.
For any pool, stay away from deep roots
No matter what kind of pool you have, it’s important not to buy plants with deep roots. As these plants grow their roots may burrow deep underground, posing a threat to the structure of your pool. In the long term, this would be a waste of money and time as you fork out for costly repairs (and could endanger your family or home, too). Unfortunately, this means you might have to forego the bamboo.
Ensure you choose species that don’t leave a lot of waste. Even though you may like the look of a large overhanging tree, the leaf litter will clog your filter and require even more maintenance in the future.