Anyone who’s built a new home will know what it’s like to breathe a huge sigh of relief and flick the ‘Off’ switch. No more tradies, no more deliveries, no more decisions, no more discussions about colour matching that seem to go round and round in circles – and (hopefully) no more bills…….
You can’t really argue with that, can you? No reasonable person could, especially if they’ve put off having the backyard makeover – or, being realistic, it’s been put in the ‘too hard’ basket.
Basically, it’s about liveable space – making the most of your investment in home and garden. It’s a no brainer (or should be) – having an outside area where you can entertain is a given.
MAKE IT HAPPEN
Such is life. And such are the possibilities that present when gearing up for action. This is where things should be fun and serious at the same time – if you get the drift. Fun, because if you approach it in the right frame of mind, researching the web is worthwhile, interesting, and most important, you get to visualise the outcome you want. Serious, because it actually will save you time and money in the long run.
It’s about knowing where to start – asking the right sort of questions, like ‘what sort of budget?’ This last point is the most important question of all, because it’s no fun getting in too deep.
FROM THE EARTH …
For most landscaping jobs, clay pavers are the obvious starting point. Long lasting, low maintenance, colourfast, and stain resistant, the look and feel of clay continues to be a favourite around home and garden.
Clay has standout appeal for many different reasons. It’s available and extracted locally here in Australia, and requires very little processing. Clay products are fired at high temperatures which guarantees that their strong, natural, earthy colours remain permanent. What’s more, the aesthetics of clay are hard to go past. Clay burns to achieve colours that are fundamentally honest, an expression often used by designers when they talk about building materials. What you see is what you get. Clay tells no lies. It speaks for itself, reminding us of the red earth so characteristic of much of Outback Australia.
Clay can be textured during the manufacturing process, providing grip in all types of weather conditions, with the assurance of added safety for little feet. Not forgetting older feet which appreciate a firm footing, so to speak.
Since clay pavers are easy to clean and maintain, there’s more time to enjoy the outdoors. Only clay pavers offer such a combination of qualities.
Which brings us back to the need to celebrate important events such as anniversaries, birthdays, family get togethers, pool parties and the like. And celebrate them in places we call home.