OUTDOOR RENOVATIONS: with Charlie Albone from Selling Houses Australia and Inspired Exteriors

Charlie Albone exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show

Charlie Albone exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show

How’s your outdoor area? I’ve met Charlie a couple of times one of my close friends a fellow Yogie Anna’s lovely husband Tim works with him but I haven’t really had the opportunity to back Charlie into a corner at a social function and start going on about my dog ruined, crappy backyard so getting him on NHM- I GOT HIM FROM MY MUMMA seemed like a perfect idea. Charlie is on the box at the moment in the latest Selling Houses Australia series but if you’d like to get him over to your place you can find him daily at Inspired Exteriors.

Here are some of the things we talked to Charlie about, click the link below for the NHM-I GOT IT FROM MY MUMMA, Outdoor Renovations show.

FUN IDEAS FOR KIDS IN THE BACKYARD BEYOND THE PLAYSET 

An old wooden boat set into the backyard to create a pirate ship

A little deck for a stage 

WAYS TO ADD TO YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE

Neat and Tidy, have a tidy up, makes a world of difference, especially before selling

Add an archway to an expansive outdoor area

Charlie’s creation at a home in St Ives

Charlie’s creation at a home in St Ives

FENCES 

Is it worth investing in a fence? 

If all your neighbours have one yes. If they don’t, no. 


SLOPING BLOCKS 

If you are on a sloping block and it will cost tens of thousands don’t bother with a fence. 

Try to create some ‘useful’ level areasand build your own retaining walls 

FIREPITS 

Can be expensive. Lots of people love them because it creates a nice common area you can enjoy with your friends. 

A beautiful outdoor space where you can entertain with friends can be a hero of your house. Charlie’s creation in Terrigal

A beautiful outdoor space where you can entertain with friends can be a hero of your house. Charlie’s creation in Terrigal

Consider do you need the fire pit or could you just create the same nice common area without one. 

Go for a cheaper option - Mel’s partner Mick acquired a drum from inside an old washing machine and mounted it on bricks and it works perfectly. 

DOGS 

Train them to do their business in a certain part of the backyard 

Contain them in their own space in one part of the yard or get a cat 

POOLS

From a ‘real estate’ point of view they’re viewed as one of the worst investments you can make in a house however Charlie says he loves his pool and his kids use it all the time so he doesn’t believe it. 

It will make your home attractive to some buyers put put others off.