Fresh Air: inspiration for outdoor living areas

These clever ideas are great inspiration for any outdoor living areas.

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To establish a sheltered lounging area near their pool, these owners built a slatted meranti roof and added lightweight outdoor drapes to filter the harsh westerly sun. A ceiling fan keeps things cool on hot days.

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If you braai often, it’s worth building a concrete worktop and dining surface next to the braai. Ideal for food preparation, concrete is hard-wearing, weatherproof and easy to clean. Design by De Smit Exclusive Structures.

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Screen the setting sun on your patio with bamboo blinds, which are easy to install. They also give protection from wind. You’ll find similar ones at Decorland at Game.

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For a change, hang mirrors horizontally as decorator Bronwyn Barnes did here. They lighten the covered patio and bring the outdoors in.

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Establish a firepit in a secluded spot in your garden. All it takes is a firebasket and built-in seating.

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