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Creating an Outdoor Entertainment Area



An outdoor entertainment area is fun to create and use. It makes a great addition to any home and will add value to your property. Even on a limited budget you can let your imagination run wild and develop ideas that will impress your family, friends and neighbours.


Getting Started with a New Patio/Decking Area


A patio area should be the central hub for your outdoor entertainment activity and will help you shape and design the overall area.

Laying brick or concrete paving stones will create a stylish and functional patio. With patience, planning and some good old fashioned elbow grease, this is a project you can do yourself on any budget.

When ordering paving stone, you will be faced with many different colours and styles to choose from. Sandstone or wet cast paving are on trend and give a beautiful finish.

Composite Decking has also proved very popular in recent years. It’s durable, low maintenance and lasts longer than timber decking.

We have a selection of paving slabs, traditional and composite decking plus everything you’ll need to create an amazing patio area.

Top Tip: The location of your patio will dictate where your outdoor entertainment will take place, so take all factors into account, e.g. shelter, sunlight, privacy, and access to electricity.


Choosing the Right Garden Furniture


Choosing the right garden furniture is essential to maximising the enjoyment of your outdoor space. Many factors should be considered such as the unpredictable Irish weather, the level of maintenance required, comfort, style, and budget.

Look out for great budget friendly options with contemporary looks and features such as low maintenance and weather and rust resistance. Most ranges include a variety of sizes and colours to suit all tastes and needs.

Rattan furniture has become a popular choice for the last couple of years. It’s a stylish yet durable option. Our range of cast aluminium furniture provides long lasting durability with a 10-year structural guarantee.

For a more classic, traditional look, consider our range of wrought iron or wooden furniture. Wooden furniture may require annual maintenance with wood varnish to preserve the wood, depending on weather conditions and exposure.


Keeping Warm


With the vast range of innovative outdoor heating products available, the changeable Irish weather is no longer an excuse to avoid enjoying your outdoor space.

Chimineas and Fire Pits (gas or solid fuel burners) bring character and comfort to your patio or garden. They can get quite hot, so they should be positioned out of the way of your guests. Tabletop electric heaters are becoming increasingly popular also.


Outdoor Cooking


When designing your outdoor entertainment area, make sure you allocate a suitable area for barbecuing.

If you are investing in a new BBQ, your first decision will be charcoal or gas, and there are opposing views on which is the better option. Some argue that a charcoal BBQ is essential to add the flavour of outdoor cooking to your food, and it can be cheaper than a gas alternative. However, some prefer the convenience a gas BBQ provides. The choice comes down to personal preference.

Thinking about creating an outdoor entertainment area for your home? Call in store and speak to one of our experts who will help you plan your next DIY project.


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