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10 ways to keep cool in the summer

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It can be a challenge to stay cool in the summer, especially during soaring temperatures. 

Bunnings Workshop members have shared many D.I.Y. projects to help them beat the heat without cranking up the aircon and spending a fortune on power bills.

Below are some examples. Let us know if you need a hand with any of them. We’d be happy to assist.


1. Make a drinks cooler


Perfect for outdoor summer entertaining, Workshop member @nparrella95's outdoor storage box with built-in drinks cooler can keep drinks cold while keeping the area neat and uncluttered. 




2. Tint your windows

In this quick and easy project, community member Jess (@prettyliving) installed mirror-tinted window film to reduce the amount of harsh sunlight entering her home.


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3. Install outdoor ceiling fans


Ceiling fans can help you make the most of your outdoor area on a warm day. Check out this ceiling fan installed by member @JRRed during their outdoor entertaining area revamp.


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4. Use drink fridges in your outdoor areas


During their alfresco extension, Paul (@funksoulbro1) added a two-door Matadoor drinks fridge – a handy and practical addition for keeping drinks cool.


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5. Make an ice box


@Stuardo used timber offcuts, paint and polystyrene foam to make his own ice box in this simple and cost-effective project.


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6. Add a cantilever umbrella


Cantilever umbrellas are large and can be easily swung around as the sun rotates, maximising shade in outdoor areas. Workshop member @raymond265 uses one in his fire pit entertaining area with seating and planter boxes.


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7. Build an outdoor kitchen


Cooking indoors on a summer day can increase your home's temperature and force your aircon to go into overdrive, resulting in higher energy bills. Outdoor kitchens can be more energy-efficient and are ideal for cooking and entertaining in the summer, like this outdoor kitchen makeover with pizza oven by member @jeffjen.


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For more inspiration, have a look at these outdoor kitchen ideas for your home.


8. Construct a pergola


Made using a Softwoods pergola kit ordered through Bunnings, this customised pergola for alfresco area by @Jimi can provide some much-needed shade from the scorching sun. Check out these pergola designs for more creative ideas.




9. Build a poolside pub


For those wanting a refreshing backyard drink after a summer swim, check out this backyard English pub custom made from shed kit by @Theshoddy. Don't miss our list of 10 makeover ideas for your pool for more inspiration.


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10. Build a pool

There's nothing like having a dip in your own pool to beat the summer heat. Experienced Workshop member @ProjectPete's custom pool build includes a laying platform and sitting ledge to enjoy leisurely dips and drinks by the poolside.




How to keep your home cool in the summer

The Bunnings team has shared plenty of tips for cooling your home in the summer. There are also many guides available which include step-by-step instructions for building related projects, like this D.I.Y. outdoor table with drinks cooler

Need more help with staying cool in the summer?

The Bunnings Workshop community can assist with more inspiration and advice for keeping your home and garden cool in the summer. Don’t hesitate to start a discussion and tell us what you would like to achieve. We’re here to help.


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