An outdoor entertainment area for your home is ideal in warm climates like South Africa. Before the hot, summer months arrive, find some HOMEMAKERS inspiration to get your outdoor area ready. A lovely outdoor space is great all year round and can bring months of joy to you and your family.
Outdoor entertainment areas are about functionality and space. When the time comes for you to design, build and decorate your own outdoor space, you will have endless options to choose from. Here are a few tips to get your outdoor entertainment area guest-ready!
Make it a Functional Space
Having a functional space where you cook food and entertain people is essential. Create a space where people can do more than just stand around a braai. Start with well-crafted, outdoor furniture. Later you can include a games area and if it suits your lifestyle, a TV or an audio-visual system to watch the game too!
Get Your Braai On
First things first. What type of braai are you looking to use in your outdoor area? What do you find most comfortable and most efficient for your style of braaing? Decide whether you want to keep it traditional with wood fires or if you are going with a fast-heating gas braai. You may want both options. See what suppliers can offer and choose what’s right for you.
Plant a selection of herbs and plants close to or in and around your entertainment area. This makes it easy to grab a few fresh herbs and use their flowers and leaves for seasoning and cocktails. Want to jazz up those lamb sosaties? Grab a few sprigs of rosemary. Need a little extra zing for your dressing? A ripe lemon from your lemon tree will do the trick.
Ventilation and Lighting
A great outdoor area will require an outdoor kitchen or built-in braai. This requires good ventilation and lighting. You will need a good chimney installed to ensure most of the smoke stays out of the way. An extraction fan to assist in ventilation, especially with an indoor, built-in type of setup, is crucial.
Lighting is really important. Invest in eco-friendly, overhead lighting where you can prepare food and drinks for your guests confidently!
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