Extending indoor living areas outside

Enhance your lifestyle and extend the useable space of your home by creating an outdoor entertaining area that is an extension of your indoor entertaining area (extending indoors, out) Not only will it feel like you have more useable space to hold events at home but you will have increased the value of your home.

One of the main features buyers look for in a home is an attractive outdoor area – the bigger the better – preferably with an easy connection to the living room and kitchen.

Depending on the lie of the land and aesthetic concerns of your home, you could build a deck, lay a concrete slab or define an entertaining area with paving. The choice of finishes is endless. Timber can be oiled, painted or stained. Pavers come in concrete, clay or natural materials such as sandstone. There are some fabulous new concrete pavers on the market that mimic natural finishes and these days as long as it is covered or sealed some indoor tiles are also an option.

To be truly functional, an outdoor area should be covered so that it can be used in all weather and throughout the year. Here again, there’sOutdoor Living plenty of choice – metal or polycarbonate roofing, sails and awnings in fixed or retractable styles. You may also decide to enclose the area with shutters, screens or doors, this way, for the hotter climate areas your indoor air conditioning can be of benefit.

To make the whole package work well, it pays to install a wide opening between the indoor and outdoor living zones. This is both a functional and a visual element, blending the two rooms into one large living space with a common aesthetic. What you can do depends on the structure of the house and how much you’re prepared to spend. If there is an existing window, the job should be relatively easy since the opening will already be supported. The options are french, bifold, sliding or stacking doors, in timber or aluminium. For some examples of styling perhaps visit some display homes close by.

If you live in a unit, you may be limited to courtyard styling. For cover, you may like to try a cantilever umbrella or a shade sail, small bbq area with seating. Whatever you achieve, improving the indoor-outdoor interaction in your home will add value to the property.

For ideas on styling contact Andersens

Home flooring trends for 2013

If you are looking for the latest trends in flooring than this is a must read. Here are the most popular flooring options for 2013 along with their features and benefits. These options will ensure you have the most recent styling for your home.

Large Square Tiles

We are seeing more and more people turn towards the large floor tiles, sizing that comes in 12″ x 24″ and even 36″ x 36″ — as opposed to the standard 12″ x 12″ tiles. Not only do they add an entirely different look, they are easier to clean as there is less grout and they make your room appear larger than it actually is. They are however much heavier than your standard tile so it’s recommended they are placed by a professional tiler.


Cork has not only become popular for its amazing insulating properties, it is also much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and most certainly tile. Most people when they think of cork, think they have to stick to the champagne colour but these days you have a much larger colour palette available. Another positive sell point is that cork is far more durable than it was just a few decades prior. Downside, it is susceptible to moisture damage and will fade when exposed to sunlight so be selective as to which room you use cork.


Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of colours and styles. They say Bamboo is harder than most hardwood when dried can be highly engineered to suit every day wear and tear. Bamboo is offered in many styles that mimic the look of classic hardwood. As with all wood flooring, it’s best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed Wood can look stunning in the right home match with the right décor. The new factory-finished hardwood flooring offers all the charm of reclaimed timber but without the high costs associated with true salvaged lumber. One positive factor of Reclaimed Wood is that is can stand up to moisture fluctuations better than any wood flooring that is finished onsite.


Carpet these days we are seeing far fewer shag piles and friezes and more patterned carpets.— Softer fibres are being used for more comfort and luxury and huge improvements have been made to improve the quality, colour choices and warranty to not only the carpets but the underlay itself. Not to mention they non stain properties and allergy/Asthma free variations.


People don’t put the term luxury with the word Vinyl, they think about that peel-and-stick stuff people used to install for a quick and cheap flooring option. The truth is that some versions are now on par with the high end flooring when it comes to look. Not only can you now het the hardwood look, you can get the look of stone, or tiles. Some are so realistic that until you touch it, you would not know. Vinyl can be a natural fit in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.


Concrete, very popular for offices, showrooms and modern homes. It is trendy, sleek and durable and with a polished finish can look a million dollars. A multitude of colours are available, not to mention the textures and finishes, and can be very affordable if you already have existing concrete in place. On the downside, comfort does not come into play, it is the flooring for fashion and can be quite hard to walk on.

For more information contact Andersens Flooring.