Entertaining Areas

Upgrade your lifestyle by extending your living spaces to the outdoors, keeping all the style and comfort of the indoors. You can create an outdoor room to use for cooking, eating or relaxing, or one for all three. Get tips on designing and styling these space plus DIY advice on how to makeover and maintain them.

How To Install A Built-In Barbecue
This barbecue originally sat on a wobbly cart, which made cooking difficult and caused the oil to pool in a corner. The new built-in bench is made from special concrete blocks that have been clad with tiles, with meranti doors added to conceal th...
Cooking a steak to perfection is an essential skill that any barbecue enthusiast should know, as it’s one of the most popular barbecue meals and is absolutely delicious when done right.   In this how-to video from Matador, barbecue guru and chef Ben...
The Ultimate Guide To Cooking On The Barbecue

Cook meat and vegies to perfection every time

There’s more to barbecuing than just firing up the barbie and adding the food. Follow this guide so that your meals will be cooked to perfection every time. Barbecuing Traditionally, this means cooking on the hotplate, the flat solid part of th...
In this DIY video, we show you how to build a barbecue bench to transform an empty patio into a tidy outdoor cooking space. Subscribe to Handyman on Youtube The entrance area of this inner city townhouse was bare and unused. A more private rear cou...
In this DIY video from Bosch, big wave surfer Mark Visser shows how to make a portable fire pit using an old washing machine drum. Click here to get the full step-by-step instructions for this project Click here to download the project PDF Washin...
How To Waterproof Outdoor Cushions

Cover cushion inserts with plastic to protect them from the elements

Cushions are a must-have for outdoor living, but remembering to bring them indoors whenever it rains can be a chore. To make cushions waterproof, remove the insert and slip it into a resealable plastic bag, then replace it in the cover. It may...
Clean the Barbecue
There’s nothing worse than opening up the barbecue to find the hotplate and grill are still encrusted with the greasy remnants of last summer’s meals. Barbies should be cleaned after every use and deep-cleaned yearly. To thoroughly clean it, fi...
Built-In BBQ Bench
Create an outdoor kitchen DIY with a custom-made cabinet for a hooded barbie, side burner and bar fridge.  The covered verandah on the back of this Sydney home was built as part of a major reno, where half the house was demolished to make way for...
Protector Aluminium Decorative Screens

Transform an outdoor area by installing decorative screening.

Sponsored article   Relaxing in a comfortable outdoor area is a dream of many homeowners, as the warm weather of the summer months creates the ideal conditions for al fresco entertaining.   However, if your outdoor space lacks privacy or has an unsig...
Outdoor Heating Options For Your Entertaining Area

Warm up the winter deck with table heaters, candlelight and cushions. Image: Alamy 

Anyone who has gone house hunting knows that properties with a deck, outdoor living area or garden come at a premium.  This is because a welcoming and usable outdoor space can add as much as $100,000 value, according to the Housing Industry Assoc...
Concrete BBQ Bench
This durable construction material is ideal for building an outdoor trolley. Concrete is becoming more and more popular as a domestic finish, with wet-look floors, benchtops and other surfaces addinga sleek look to modern interiors. The cool, i...
Create A Corner Courtyard, Handyman Magazine,
Create an urban oasis in your front yard with a private paved retreat.  When kids take over a backyard there’s often no room left for the parents to relax. So this front yard corner has been transformed into a grown-ups’ retreat.  From the stre...
The first step to buying the right barbecue for your backyard is deciding whether you want to use charcoal or gas as a fuel source.   Each option has pros and cons, so do the research and base your choice on your budget, lifestyle and the size...
In this how-to DIY video, Adam Woodhams installs a Matador barbecue into a custom-made barbecue bench made from lightweight aerated concrete blocks.   This barbecue area was little-used, so the concrete slab was extended and a new barbecue benc...
Make over an unused outdoor space for under $300 by updating surfaces and concealing unsightly equipment.  The balcony of this south-facing inner-city apartment was uninspiring to say the least. A large rainwater tank occupied one end, the pavi...
Make An Alfresco Drinks Tray , Handyman Magazine
Upcycle an old timber tabletop into a handy accessory for serving cocktails and canapes outdoors.  A homemade gift is a budget-friendly labour of love that can be customised to suit Mum’s taste and gift wish-list.  This drinks tray was made fro...

Transform your outdoor area in to a warm and cosy space this winter

Aussies love making the most of outdoor living spaces, with many homeowners putting a lot of time and design dollars into the verandah, deck or pergola to be able to use it year round.  If winter weather keeps you inside for a few months or more,...
It only takes a day to build a classic outdoor picnic table.   There are good reasons for this being the classic picnic table. It’s sturdy, weather resistant and cheap to build. It easily fits six to eight adults around it. To seat a smaller par...
A pergola beside a pool in a backyard

Follow these tips to create a beautiful contemporary space in your garden

The key to a great outdoor space is clever design and getting the essentials like shade and furnishings just right.   When it comes to current trends, tasteful furniture that blends with the surrounding setting is out, and unusual colourful pieces ar...
We show you how to clean the barbecue in time for summer entertaining.   “There’s nothing more that I like than my friends dropping around for a Barbie. But if it isn’t up to scratch, like this one, then it wont be your food that you’re remembered fo...
We show you how to clean a paved outdoor area by killing weeds and washing bricks and pavers.   “Paving in this condition around the house doesn’t look good and in the winter months can get really slippery and dangerous. So first, we need to get rid...