Summer preparations Brisbane: Designs to maximise lifestyle

Summer preparations Brisbane: Designs to maximise lifestyle

Renovations, Tips and Advice, Lifestyle

An outdoor living area is a real luxury in summer. Whether that space is a pool pavilion, covered terrace or your outdoor deck – add to your enjoyment during the sizzling summer months and right through the festive season’s celebrations by making your outdoor space the best it can be.

Being able to enjoy your home’s external environment is important throughout all seasons, but particularly during the warmer months. Depending on the unique opportunities your home provides, and your lifestyle, there may be many possibilities for you to enhance your external spaces.

We have been fortunate enough to share the joys of renovating indoor and outdoor zones in preparation for summer for many homeowners. With the holiday period quickly approaching, now may be the best time for you to investigate how changes could make your home more enjoyable and therefore more suited to your lifestyle.

I thought I would share with you some of these renovations which we designed to enhance the liveability of our client’s homes.

Resort style ambience provides our North Lakes clients with a more contemporary covered outdoor lounge and dining experience to share with family and friends year-round. Seamlessly integrated into the existing home, this tiled outdoor patio shields from the heat and draws the breeze into the house. Their sensational pool zone provides enjoyment for children and adults alike.


This Art Deco Queensland provides our Hawthorne clients with a more modern and contemporary outdoor living space that’s perfect for the whole family. With the use of dark colour schemes and classic features of an Art Deco Queensland, this renovation is perfectly designed with vibrancy and vegetation in mind.


Designs to maximise lifestyle

Our outdoor terrace design for this Cashmere home provides the perfect outdoor entertainment area for those hot summer days. Convenient entertaining of family and friends supplies food and beverages through a servery window connecting to the kitchen. A few steps away, a pool pavilion offers the perfect escape and further opportunities for entertaining and family enjoyment.


Extending the home for Summer entertaining

Our 1950’s home in Norman Park received the summer upgrade it needed with a new entertainment deck. Making sure we maintained the integrity of the existing house, we created an exciting contemporary flavour with an eco-friendly design that keeps sustainability as a priority.


Our Sinnamon Park clients had outgrown their external works, so we designed a covered outdoor terrace for the perfect indoor-outdoor connection. Ensuring the design fit with the existing home, we provided our clients with alternative roofline options so the new roofline was aesthetically pleasing without reducing the amount of natural light entering the interior of the home.


Internal Zones

It is not just your external living environment that will impact your lifestyle in summer – think about your bedrooms, living zones and kitchen. How do these areas stack up in the summer months?

With the warmer weather approaching, consider how your home’s internal zones respond to both the heat and summer storms.

October has provided above-average night-time temperatures for the south-east, and this is likely to continue throughout the summer months. To ensure a cooler summer, a few simple air-flow changes could make all the difference to the temperature inside your home, not to mention your electricity bills.

For your homes’ internal zones, harnessing the cooling effects of cross-flow breezes is essential. If renovating a bedroom area or building new, orienting rooms to capture the prevailing summer breezes is vital. Also, consider incorporating appropriate windows that catch the breeze and ensure there is through flow. To learn more about cooling your home without air conditioning visit our associated blog post by clicking here.

Summer preparations can enhance how you enjoy your home, so if you are interested in learning more about your property’s unique characteristics and opportunities, commence your architectural journey and contact us on 07 3899 9450.

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Dion Seminara Architect


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Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 30 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.