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Adapting your 'great outdoors'

31 March 2020

Outdoor spaces can be a haven of tranquility.

As lot sizes become smaller, maximising outdoor space is crucial and, with many Australians facing a prolonged period in their own homes, sprucing up the backyard could be a vital development for your health and wellbeing.

Fibre cement products are opening up new configurations for your yard including fire pits, barbecue surrounds, and poolside paths.

James Hardie product manager Christian Hansen has some tips for those looking to perform a rejuvenation of their space.

Exploring Elevation

Christian says that modern building materials have elevated the humble deck to a well-designed, multipurpose outdoor space.

“A split level deck design can zone an outdoor room and highlight focal points and design features. A sunken fire pit is a great example of extending deck-usability beyond the warmer months, made possible by premium fibre cement products which are fire-resistant such as HarddieDeck.”

The use of multi-level decks and floating steps creates visual interest and defines different areas of an outdoor space. Couple that with panelled lighting and these areas can come to life after dark as well as being havens during the day.


Different levels add personality to your outdoor space. A fire pit is a perfect addition for the cooler months.

Clever Construction

Consider adding a shelf that extends from railings or balustrades to create dual-purpose functionality in a smaller space.

The shelf, Christian says, can act as a breakfast bar or high-top bar table adding that such HardieDeck hacks allow for the maximisation of space and better living.

Making a Splash

While the weather is undoubtedly turning cooler, getting your decking right around a pool area will not go to waste and there are still some hotter days where the pool could be a welcome distraction for bored children and adults alike!

Fibre cement composition makes decking resistant to rotting from moisture, says Christian.

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