2. Deck in a box
Multi-level decks can be complex to build, but the whole process can be simplified by using a modular deck system. Here, our deck has a top level of about 2 x 3m, a lower ‘day bed’ level of 1 x 3m, and two 1 x 1m step platforms. Each level is made of multiples of 1116mm² modules linked together. These kits are approved for decks less than 1m high, with frames available for both domestic and commercial use. Also, the components weigh no more than 20kg each – super easy!
Love the look of this modular decking? Click here for the decking instructions.
3. Growing up
Add life and colour to the walls of your courtyard or backyard with a vertical garden. You can make your own from scratch or buy DIY modular kits that take out all the guesswork. Here, we used the Holman GreenWall Vertical Planting Kit (available from Bunnings stores nationally at $99). Each kit comes with a panel that can hold up to eight small removable pots, which means you can easily replace or swap plants as you wish. The panel can also be connected to more panels to make a bigger garden. To water, just attach a hose to any of the side connections as each pot has its own dripper.
4. Turn up the heat
If you have the room, there's nothing like the warmth of a flickering fire to add to your outdoor entertaining space! There are plenty of backyard heating options for you to explore, from portable fire pits to clay chimeneas.
5. Light it up!
Think of outdoor lighting as the cherry on top. Not just for aesthetics, exterior lighting provides an extra reason for you to linger a bit longer in your brand new courtyard. Opt for a mixture of spotlights and mood lighting (like fairy lights, candles or festoon lights).