The outside of your home sets the tone and atmosphere. So it’s important to put some time and effort into how you want the outside to look and feel. Just about all our homes are a square shape or a series of squares put together, so it is what you do on the outside that dresses your home up.
Afterall, the outside of your home is the first thing you see when you arrive home, it’s your guest’s first impressions, and as Kiwi’s, we spend a lot of time basking in the outdoors.
If you have a transportable home in the pipeline, before it gets delivered, there are things you can be thinking about to transform the outside so that your home fits right into its new surroundings. Remember it can be what you do on the outside that makes your house your home.
Read on for 6 great ideas that’ll make your outside look well established and welcoming.
#1 Limit excavation work prior to delivery
When our homes are transported they require huge trucks for delivery. It’s best not to start on any excavation work before the home is delivered. The trucks get a lot better traction on grass than on mud or stones.
Excavated ground can quickly turn to mud whereas ground with grass on holds together a lot better. In most cases, the grass holds up next to perfect, which leaves you a landscape canvas to work with. Once your home is sited you can then plan your lawn.
Here are some classrooms we had delivered on grass. You can’t tell where the truck has been.
#2 Add practical features
Features that are practical will always get a thumbs up from us.
Features such as decks and pergolas transform the environment. The home goes from a free-standing house to having an indoor/outdoor flow. They allow you to enjoy the outside space so much more, especially when BBQ season arrives.
If you are thinking of a deck, bare this in mind at the start of the build. Ezyline have deck options that will make sure you’re getting the most out of the layout of your home.
#3 Creative privacy, fast
Having established trees and bushes provides great privacy. But when growing from scratch you could be waiting a decade before they do anything for you.
The trick is to research fast-growing trees that are known for providing good privacy. Here are a few suggestions:
- Some species of bamboo are super fast growing and great for giving you a privacy screen.
- Lilly pilly can act as a dense hedge and is one of the faster-growing hedges available.
- Pittosporum is a medium to fast growing bush that can grow up to 3 metres. Plant enough of them and you have a wall of green to enjoy.
Image: Green Machine
If you can afford to, you could spend a bit more and buy larger more advanced trees, or you could plan it and plant slower growing trees amongst the faster-growing varieties, then remove the faster-growing ones once the other plants are more established.
#4 Light up your life
Outdoor lights have the ability to totally transform the look and feel of your outdoor area.
There are lots of lighting options out there, from stick-in-the-ground solar lights to built-in deck lights or fun festival lights that hang over the deck. You’ll need to think about where you’re going to be spending time and what areas of the outside you want to light up.
#5 Fencing for effect
Fencing can be quite costly, but it should be done right. An untidy fence can detract from the look of your home.
You will need to consider whether you need to keep pets and children safe or possibly just plant a hedge which would take longer to become established but the cost would be less initially.
Usual heights for fences are around 1 to 1.2 metres up to approximately 1.8 metres for a paling fence. A rough sawn paling fence is usually the most economic and easiest to construct if you need privacy and security, but a post and rail could be cheaper and more effective visually if these factors aren’t important.
Image: Boundry Line
#6 Pathway to heaven
Footpaths and driveways are often left to last but if done early in the project they can give you the borders and outline for gardens and lawns making it easier to finish. You can just put timber borders in and use shingle for your footpaths and driveways if you wish until you’re ready for more permanent driveways such as concrete, cobble stones or bitumen.
Image: Handyman Magazine
There is a variety of concrete driveways such as exposed aggregate, coloured concrete or just plain concrete. Having nicely finished footpaths and driveways is certainly convenient and puts the finishing touches to your home.
We hope we’ve given you some ideas and direction for what you can do to transform your outdoor area. With some dedicated thought, you’ll be able to create a little outdoor sanctuary perfect for you and your friends to enjoy and to dress your home up to look like a mansion.
Have fun with it.