Cape Reed thatched gazebo with entertainment area and outdoor kitchen

10 Outdoor Living Upgrades to Improve Your Home




Giving your outdoor living space an upgrade enhances its appearance and the value of your home. If you have guests visiting frequently and host many parties, this is a sign to revamp your outdoor space and leave them impressed.

In this article, we cover the following points:

  • Add elegance and charm to your house with lath screens
  • Create a perfect balance of sunlight and shade under a timber manama or revamp existing walls with cladding panels
  • Enhance the look of your home with benches and lighting fixtures
  • Enjoy outdoor living spaces like never before with unique designs

1. Get a Carport

No garage? No problem!

Our custom-built square timber carports offer plenty of protection against the elements and are tailor-made to suit your requirements, even for your golf cart!

Timber and lath car port at a villa in Benahavis Hills.
Square timber and lath carport at a villa in Benahavis Hills.

2. Let’s Play

Eco-friendly playstructures are the perfect fit for residential areas, seeing that they have a natural finish that will blend perfectly well with your existing garden and landscaping. Take a look at our online shop for our flat pack timber playstructures.

Cape Reed turnkey project timber and thatch climbing play structures
Cape Reed timber and thatch climbing play structures

3. Modern Lath Screen

Timber screens have always been a part of most eras adding elegance to the look of your house. A decorative piece of timber around your backyard gives it a charm as never seen before.

Timber lath privacy screen
Timber lath privacy screen

4. Outdoor Living Under A Timber Manama

A timber manama is simply perfect for lazy days of relaxation, entertaining friends, or quality family time. Adding shade to the structure, timber beams, and laths create a beautiful pergola that allows just enough sunlight to filter through to the deck to form a perfect balance of sunlight and shade.

Outdoor living with a elevated timber daybed manama
Elevated timber daybed manama

5. Install An Outdoor Kitchen

If you are an avid grill master or love entertaining in your garden, an outdoor kitchen can do wonders for any backyard space. Outdoor kitchens can range from an elaborate set-up with plenty of seating, serving, and cooking areas to a simple BBQ, table, and sink. But be it big or small, an outdoor kitchen can be just as efficient as the one inside your home.

Cape Reed thatched gazebo with entertainment area and outdoor kitchen
Cape Reed thatched gazebo with entertainment area and outdoor kitchen

6. Create A Bigger Seating Area

While this will depend on the size of your garden, having a large seating area is one way to ensure guests are seated comfortably. Perfect for the winter season, this will be a great opportunity to have a get-together with your close friends or family.

Elevate your outdoor space with our Ibiza thatched roof and timber structure with a gabled entrance.
Elevate your outdoor space with our Ibiza thatched roof and timber structure with a gabled entrance.

7. Add Benches

Why not defy convention and give your home a look that will impress your visitors, even though this may be a rare practice in most Dubai homes? The flexibility in design makes it a fantastic addition to gardens with more room. It can then function as a design element and improve the appearance.

Rustic lath bench
Rustic timber lath bench

8. Light It Up

Proper lighting is a constant component of a good home design. Dark areas shouldn’t be present in your home because they can be unsightly and present a tripping hazard for family members or guests who want to go outside at night.

Timber construction balustrades with decking
Light up your outdoor living space

9. Accessorize Your Pergola

Comfy seating, a table, and woven lampshades make this a super chic hangout to dine with family and friends alike.

Boho chic timber pergola
Boho chic timber pergola creates a relaxing outdoor living space

10. Revamp an Old Wall

We have seen countless examples of beautiful outdoor living spaces being lost by strange-looking walls that lack any sense of confidence. This is why covering your outdoor structures with wall cladding is always smart. External cladding panels will conceal any damage already present on your walls and guard against weather-related wall design deterioration.

Cape Reed timber wall cladding
Cape Reed timber wall cladding


What is a Lath Screen?

A screen consisting primarily of laths or slats arranged to limit excessive sunlight while allowing moderate air circulation.

What is a Pergola?

A pergola is an outdoor garden component consisting of vertical columns or pillars that usually support cross-beams and a robust open lattice, often around which woody vines are trained.

How do I choose the best pergola?

Choosing the perfect pergola will depend on your personal preferences. When deciding on what pergola to opt for, take into consideration the purpose of the pergola, your perfered material, and other aspects.