Create an outdoor oasis on a budget

Homeowners are increasingly extending their living spaces outside the walls of their homes. From fancy patios and decked-out outdoor kitchens these are the kind of additions many homeowners dream of. Those with unlimited budgets can enjoy just about any look they desire, but many homeowners may not have the money to go all the way with their outdoor living spaces – but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to create budget-friendly spaces that are functional, fun and eye catching.

Here are some ideas:


Decks and patios are popular gathering spots outside a home, and homeowners have numerous inexpensive options at their disposal when choosing patio materials. And those who can do their own labour when installing a patio can save a substantial amount of money. Decking is a project that can transform an outdoor area. Instead of using higher-priced composite or resin decks, homeowners can go with standard wood, which may need to be stained, varnished or oiled periodically and need a little more TLC but will save you close to half the cost. Look at the size required for your space as scaling back the size of the deck means less materials to buy and less labour involved.


Paving & concrete

The cost of patio blocks depends on the material and style. Poured concrete patios will cost less than placed blocks or stones because concrete is less labour-intensive. For those who desire the look of patio blocks without the cost, stamped concrete can mimic the look for less. Paving can be slightly less expensive then decking, and can create a beautiful looking area if paired with some nice stones.



Homeowners may not need to replace patio furniture, even if chairs and tables have seen better days. A can of spray paint can cover up any rusted areas or spots where paint has peeled off due to exposure to the elements. Another inexpensive way to refresh your back yard on a budget is by updating cushions. Purchasing a coordinating umbrella can also liven your area.


Garden beds and planter boxes can really finish off an area. Defining edges of planting borders and refreshing the landscape may be all that is needed to improve the yard. This can easily be achieved with inexpensive mulch, a few new plants and a general yard clean up. Use a pressure washer to clean stains off patios, driveways, walls etc and create a like-new appearance.

Though not all homeowners can afford to create the backyard of their dreams, with a little thought and some sweat and hard work, homeowners can still create an outdoor oasis.

If you need help with decking, paving or other outdoor flooring options, contact your local Andersens flooring specialist on 1800 016 016 or visit our website 

What does a dream kitchen cost?

If you don’t have a big kitchen renovation budget, what is a realistic guide to kitchen prices and much can you hope to achieve with your kitchen makeover?


With so many options, estimating costs for a kitchen renovation can be daunting and many people don’t know where to start so often overspend. Here’s an idea of what your money will buy:

Something that makes a huge difference to the look of a kitchen is the bench tops and cabinetry and this is probably the cheapest and easiest way to give your kitchen a facelift as moving or altering fittings requires a much larger renovation budget.

A kitchen makeover usually involves changing the face of things while keeping the structure – the ‘footprint’ remains the same. For example, keep most of the existing cupboards but give them new doors and panels or drawer banks. A simple kitchen renovation will save money in cabinetry, but not appliances or labour (you’ll still need to pay for a plumber, electrician and installation).

For under $1000? You can refresh your tiles with tile paint, or install a glass splash back, re-laminate your bench space or paint your kitchen cabinetry. Look at tiling the floor, or laying a new floor surface or you may even decide to paint and just update a few of your appliances all of which can make a huge difference to the appearance of the room.


For under $5000? A renovation budget of $5000 can cover a makeover, but don’t expect your kitchen to look completely brand new. You may choose to keep your benchtops (so there’s no need to disconnect the sink and taps) and spend the money on paint and some slick storage solutions. However, most people update their benchtop for a new look, such as changing from laminate to stone.

For $10,000-$20,000? Changing both the kitchen doors and benchtops will cost close to $10,000. This price bracket is quite realistic if you want to do a complete make over offering flexibility plus some bells and whistles. A kitchen in this price range might see you spend $7000-$10,000 on cabinetry, $2000-$2500 on a stone benchtop, $1200-$1800 on appliances, $3500 on tradespeople and $1500 upwards for a glass splashback.

For $20,000-$30,000? This means ‘out with the old, in with the new’. For this price, everything in your kitchen can be updated. You have more options for finishes and styles of kitchen doors and cupboards and can opt for superior brands of appliances. You can also incorporate some luxurious

For some ideas on how you can improve your overall look visit Andersens or call 1800 016 016 for a free measure and quote