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design a dream backyard for summer

When you're settling down for summer, getting ready to bask in the glow of the sun, make sure you've got the right garden for it!

One of the best aspects of living in your own home is the ability to decorate it just how you wish - both inside and out! Many Australians are building new homes in order to ensure their properties fit their personal preferences. 

It's not simply your interior spaces that are important - make sure your backyard is just as stunning with these tips!

Swimming pool

A swimming pool is a fabulous addition to your backyard - you'll love being able to take a dip in the fresh water in Perth's hot summer months. 

Selecting a double storey house plan is a smart idea if you plan to incorporate a pool, given that the building footprint is smaller than a single-level property. This gives you a bigger yard area, making it feasible to include a pool.

Rustic fireplace

Over December and January, Perth is blessed with 10.6 mean daily sunshine hours, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

While the days are long and hot, things can get cooler in the evenings. In order to keep friends and family entertained while hosting summer get-togethers that flow well into the evening, consider a rustic outdoor fireplace. You can create a cosy focal point by adding an outdoor fireplace or you could opt for a fire pit instead.

Outdoor barbecue

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, so make sure you've got the right equipment to host delectable feasts.

There are plenty of varieties on offer, some which have large lids, allowing you to slow-cook a range of items. Make sure you place your barbecue in an area where there's sufficient ventilation.

Lounge canopy

A lounge-style canopy adds a luxurious touch to your backyard, inviting parents and kids alike to wander into the garden and enjoy a lazy summer afternoon nap.

An outdoor canopy looks a lot like a four-poster bed, with lightweight material floating from all four corners. Consider the placement of it - you may wish to opt for waterproof materials to keep it in good condition year-round.