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Three DIY outdoor projects to do this summer:

Here are summer activities for you!
By Expert Tips
Date: December 07 2022
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Summer in Australia means spending more time outside thanks to daylight savings, backyard barbeques, alfresco entertaining, and family gatherings. Whilst you are home over the summer holidays, consider completing a few DIY projects that are both cost-effective and add dimension and functionality to your outdoor space. A backyard project will be a gift that you can continue to enjoy for years to come. 

“There are lots of great and simple projects that can be done in the backyard that will complement the home and spruce up the outdoors, ready for summer. It’s a great way to get the whole family involved and enjoy our beautiful climate,” says landscape expert and Adbri Masonry brand ambassador, Jason Hodges.

Here, Jason Hodges suggests three DIY functional and low-cost projects, that you can do over the summer season:

The Outdoor Shower

Embrace nature and create a tranquil space in your backyard with an outdoor shower. For those who don’t have the space for a pool, an outdoor shower is a great alternative to cooling off during those scorching Aussie heat waves. It is important to consider the plumbing points, screening for privacy and a sustainable water management system. Opt for Adbri Masonry’s Ecotrihex Permeable Pavers which are specially designed to allow water to permeate through the surface into the layers below where water can be harvested or redirected. Surface water runoff is minimised and the need for additional surface drainage is reduced. 

 Outdoor Pizza Oven or BBQ

The Aussie love affair with the great outdoors means we can create an outdoor kitchen that is both enjoyable and practical. Creating the perfect base for a BBQ bench top or pizza oven is made easy with Adbri Masonry’s Versaloc®. This dry stack system is easy to lay, does not require any mortar or glues, and gives a clean finish. They provide a genuine DIY solution to creating functional, individualised outdoor kitchens for any backyard. 

“The beauty of these blocks is, with no glue or mortar required to keep them in place, you aren’t stuck to one location. If you want to move your BBQ in the future, you can easily do so. Another great advantage, you can paint, render, or even clad the blocks to match the look of your outdoor entertaining area. Adding a wood fire pizza oven can really make that outdoor area your favourite room of the house,” says Jason Hodges.

Built-in Furniture

Extend your entertaining possibilities and invest in built-in furniture that will add structure, dimension and aesthetics to the backyard while maximising your space and allowing you to comfortably entertain more people this summer. You can easily construct custom, freestanding walls that double as seats. To achieve a neat contemporary look, use Adbri Masonry’s Versasmooth® which provides a smooth, flat surface texture in a range of colours.  To complete, add a few soft furnishings and your seating area is instantly transformed.

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