Everyone agrees—maximising the utilisation of space on a given property makes every dollar you paid for in buying or renting ‘worth it’. It allows any owner the freedom to allocate any part of the space for a number of productive uses which otherwise they wouldn’t be able to do if the space were mismanaged. For indoor areas, this is very simple to do. Seldom used spaces like voids, spaces under stairs, empty corners, and low-traffic corridors can be used as extra quick storage areas or corner desks; corner pieces which double as “conversation starters” are also popular nowadays. For social matters, corridors within the property normally separated by doors could be opened and properly lighted to give a more spacious feel; and furniture that doubles as room dividers could be set aside to widen the room for gatherings.
Above are some of the more common tricks of the trade when it comes to proper space utilisation. But notice that it only focuses on the inside of the property. This approach, as you might have noticed, tends to have a flaw—however efficiently you maximise indoor space by removing barriers and moving furniture around, in the end you are still working with a limited area. Indoor spaces for most properties in Australia account for only slightly more than half of the total property area. Where is the other half? You guessed it—outside.
Outside spaces are often overlooked by the property owner for a variety of reasons: they (and consequently, the people that might use them) are subject to the elements, they are naturally lacking in privacy, they are subject to the relative state of the nearby environment—the list goes on. These are valid concerns, but they are easily solved by installing outdoor awnings and blinds. Take the common patio for example. Because Australia is in the southern hemisphere, the mid-afternoon sun glare coming in at a low angle can be pretty punishing. A patio with a stylish and durable outdoor awnings and blinds, like the ones made by Hunter Canvas and Shade, can make lounging on the patio furniture downright satisfying. Back or front yards with the appropriate exterior blinds and awnings will be transformed into the perfect social gathering spot for outdoor functions. No longer will you be limited to your interior space during these occasions.