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Summer Building Trends

When you hear the words "Australian Summer" there are a few images that immediately spring to mind, but possibly none more quintessential than al fresco dining on the back deck with all your mates when the weather is warm (or if you're well set up with outdoor heating or a fire pit, even when it's cool).

Home renovations in Australia are a big industry, and most homeowners you speak to have either lived through at least one renovation or are desperately wanting to renovate. This was even more true during covid when home renovations exploded because everyone was stuck at home, acutely aware of what needed to be improved around the house, and with all their unused holiday cash to play with. Sounds fun right? Well renovating can be difficult to navigate if you are new to the scene, so we spoke to TREX Australian Market Manager and building expert, Rod Schiefelbein about getting your home all ready to enjoy outdoor living this summer...

Rod, what trends are we seeing moving into 2023?

We saw a huge focus on sustainability in 2022 and this will certainly continue in 2023. Consumers’ growing need to engage in sustainable companies has forced brands to authentically engage in sustainable practices, from the materials they use to their packaging and services. We’re confident consumers will continue wanting to purchase materials that have not made a huge impact on the environment but are made well enough to last them for a long time. A company like Trex, for example, is focused on creating products from existing waste, such as recycled plastic, and using this in a product that is more durable than wood.

In addition to this, we will see more engagement with products and materials that will stand the test of time. With the cost of living becoming a series issue for most Australians, we are seeing consumers engage with products and companies that make durable, long-lasting and easily maintained products that they won’t have to replace or maintain constantly. We suggest looking at companies that are focused on their general waste output and the materials they use, plus who offer extended warranties on products.

More aesthetically, gardens will favour ad-hoc planting to create a flower-meadow look using different types of flowers, architecture will be simple to highlight quality products in design, and relaxation will be key with utility in design imperative. If your outdoor area makes you sigh with contented relaxation upon walking outside, you’re on the right track.

What is something we should always consider when taking on a renovation?

I always tell people considering renovating their home, that whilst they may want their home to look beautiful, you need to consider the foundation and functionality of the home first. Ask yourself:

  1. Will this space be functional and cater to all my needs? You need to look ahead and consider how you will be using the space in the future. A beautiful entertaining space may only serve you for so long, so think about how you can make the space multi-functional.

  2. Have I designed this space to last and prepare for all elements? This is especially important in outdoor spaces like decks. Consider adding drainage systems like Trex Rain Escape if you live in areas with more than one month of heavy rainfall, or add a protective umbrella / awning if you’re in the line of the sun. It’s important to also think about the space being accessible all year round, so consider how you will use the space in rain, hail or shine.

If you are needing to slow down on spending, what’s the best way to reduce costs and cut corners?

I never suggest cutting corners, as this usually leads to things going wrong and tends to make things more expensive in the long run. The best way to reduce costs is to plan. Make sure that you have considered every cost, done your research into the best quality products so that they don’t fail you in a few years' time. In the industry, we say ‘measure twice, cut once’ and the same goes for planning – don't rush the process.

Another way to slow down spending is to consider future costs of a renovation or makeover. You might think that buying cheaper materials or doing it yourself will save more money right now, but this often leads to materials breaking, rotting, or decaying at a faster rate, meaning you will have to replace them and ultimately spend more, later. Doing your research into durable products that will last and require low maintenance is the way to go, and the best way to reduce costs.

What’s the best approach when taking on a renovation or makeover of a space?

I always say you should speak to a professional when deciding to renovate. There are so many elements that go into a successful renovation or makeover, and some are often missed or unaccounted for. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s a great idea to speak to someone you know that has recently undertaken a renovation and ask them all your pertinent questions. Ask them if they encountered any surprises when they started their project or if they used a particular tradie, designer or product that they loved to help guide you. If all else failed, a Google search and content from a reputable site can help.

One product on our “Must Have” list for making over our spaces?

An outdoor seating area with soft furnishings to decorate is my must-have product in any outdoor space. You can adapt this with the seasons by adding some warm cushions in winter or stripping back with cool-coloured soft furnishings in summer, adding a completely new look to your sanctuary.

Happy renovating!

WORDS | Heidi Albertiri and Emma Douglass



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