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Design Tips For Small Terraces & Outdoor Spaces

Not all homes have a vibrant, green yard ready for you to roll around in or a spacious wrap-around balcony you can relax in with your favourite book and a glass of wine. Still, if you feel your home has limited outdoor space, it doesn't mean you have to compromise on design and style.

At Bespoke Renovations, we’ve taken the time to provide you with some nifty terrace design ideas, so you can create a beautiful terrace or patio that maximises the use of your outdoor space.

How to design outdoor space for a terrace home

With our terrace design ideas, you’ll have your small porch, patio or deck appear deceptively large and ready for your next BBQ or games night or for you to host drinks in no time. For a transformative outdoor space, check out our terrace house design strategies:

1. Assess your space

Before commencing your terrace design, you must start by assessing your outdoor space. Take measurements, note down the shape of the space and consider the amount of sun exposure it receives. This will help you determine its layout and the most optimal positions to place your outdoor furniture or plants.

2. Decide on your focal point

Like a TV is often the focal point for a couch placement, you should also have a focal point on your balcony to balance and serve as the starting point of your outdoor set-up. This can be a striking outdoor statue, a unique plant or tree or a statement piece of outdoor furniture, like an outdoor 2-seater table or bench that’s inviting for your guests.

3. Add vertical elements

Are you concerned about minimal outdoor space? Onwards and upwards it is! One of our top terrace house design tips is incorporating vertical elements into your outdoor area. Use wall-mounted planters, hanging baskets or trellises to add height and dimension to your greenery and foster a sense of privacy and seclusion.

4. Think outside the box with multipurpose furniture

Multipurpose furniture is a versatile terrace design solution to save space in a small outdoor area. Look for outdoor furniture that serves multiple functions, such as a bench with a plant stand on either end. With pieces that can do double duty, you can avoid buying an excess of outdoor furniture and overcrowding your minimal space.

5. Light it up!

Good lighting can elevate a small outdoor space into a cosy and inviting area, with your guests suggesting, “Let’s sit outside!” Use outdoor string lights, lanterns or solar-powered lights to add ambience and warmth to your outdoor space. An outdoor terrace design without mood lighting is a flawed design!

6. Let’s liven it up a little

Choosing the right plants is essential for making your balcony, patio or deck feel like a sanctuary for you and your loved ones. Opt for low-maintenance plants that can thrive in your outdoor area, such as succulents, herbs or small shrubs. Use hanging plants or vertical gardens on a plant stand to maximise your space. Consider the amount of sunlight and water your plants need, and choose the ones that complement the overall design of your outdoor space.

Bespoke Renovations — the terrace house design experts you can trust

At Bespoke Renovations, we’ve worked on home renovations for the North Shore and the rest of Sydney since 2014, which means we’ve seen more than our fair share of terrace renovations. With the unpredictable Aussie climate, terraces can easily start to look aged and tired. Fortunately, our team of architects and designers can help you recreate your outdoor space into a safe place you’ll love.

Explore our portfolio of completed projects to see what makes Bespoke Renovations the popular choice. Contact our team for any enquiries or to schedule a free consult — we’re here to help!

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