Building your own backyard oasis


We'd all love to spend this summer relaxing in our very own backyard oasis, right? Problem is, we're not all millionaires. Well, you might be pleasantly surprised at how achievable these backyard makeovers have become. More and more regular Gold Coast homes are being completely upgraded lately – with the addition of magnificent outdoor living areas that resemble the kind of oasis you'd expect to see in a 5-star beachside resort. This kind of tropical transformation can add value and functionality to ordinary and often under-utilised backyards.

Thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of local businesses, even the most regular of Gold Coast homes are being completely transformed – all within a far more realistic budget than you might think. Scott Smith from local patio and carport business Scally Projects told us about some of the amazing backyard transformations he has recently completed. "People are starting to make the most out of their backyards, and it's great to be a part of it." Scott said. "The most popular path for people to take is to add a patio. We do loads of them. But thanks to shows like My House Rules and The Block, people are getting more creative. More and more outdoor kitchens, integrated LED lighting, fans, fire pits, you name it".

And just take a look at some of them. Scott and his team have built hundreds of patios and outdoor living areas for their Gold Coast clients. "More and more people are keen to create a space that doesn't look like an afterthought but more so an extension of the home itself. We do a lot of projects that start at the front of the house with the carport and wrap right around to the backyard where they'll have a patio area."

While DIY is still a popular avenue for renovators looking to create their own backyard oasis, Scott has warned of a few issues that can come to light. "The biggest concern for builders on the Gold Coast is the weather and climate. These structures are built primarily to protect against the harsh weather, so it's important to understand what works and what definitely doesn't. Choosing the right materials that handle the climate and ensuring the new structure doesn't look like an afterthought – that's the hardest part".

So what are you waiting for? If you've been dreaming about your very own oasis, now's the perfect time to at least speak with someone about making it a reality.