The ultimate 5 step backyard makeover
Shade is essential for maximum usage of an outdoor area and the ideal is to create it naturally, by planting trees in the right spot.
Other options include a permanent pergola with a fixed or movable roof. It is best to build a pergola with a perspex or polycarbonate roof to shelter from rain and sun.
‘If the area faces north or northwest a plasterboard ceiling with downlights gives plenty of light. If the area faces south and natural light is at a premium a more lightweight roof covering would be preferable, such as timber slats,’ says Matthew.
Market umbrellas are handy for smaller spaces. For bigger spaces, effective options include wall-fixed, retractable awnings.