After my Samui trip, I really wanted to have a proper outdoor patio on my house. I actually already have a patio when I bought the house, but I left it unoccupied barren, thinking that I would never want that I would never want to stay outside under the heat and mosquitoes feeding on my red precious blood.
Well, my opinion changed after I went to Samui, and I guess, so did my wife’s.
Samui wasn’t as hot as Malaysia, but generally speaking, it shared the same weather. Being part of Thailand, the weather was rain or shine most of the year and this was exactly like Kuching, except that Kuching was closer to the equator, hence being a bit more warmer and wetter.
Anyway, with my small girl growing fast, her tendency to stay indoors and use the smartphone has also increased, and I don’t see this as healthy. In fact, I hope to discourage it, and hence why I gave the ‘go ahead’ when my wife said “having a patio like in Samui would be nice”.
THE PATIO INFLUENCE
When we were in Samui, my daughter couldn’t get enough of the patio in the hotels we had stayed in. She would sit down outside sipping her drink like an adult, and we would also spend a good amount of time just chilling and relaxing at the patio.
With that in mind, I am hopeful that having a patio would encourage more outdoor activities for my family, and in turn decrease the use of electronic devices particularly for my daughter who just turned three.
As for me, the thought of sitting down at the patio at night or during the evening while updating my blogs, does sound rather cool, especilly since I would likely have a glass of tea placed nearby.
PATIO DESIGNS FOR MALAYSIA HOMES
Right, the title above is an SEO sort of thing, but there has been a few options for a patio right in Malaysia.
The Malaysian weather doesn’t go well with clothing based furniture for that matter, and hence why many patio designs in Malaysia opt for rattan or wooden chairs instead.
Unfortunately for me, I sort of fell in love with the wooden furniture and patio design in Peace Resort which was simple but at the same time very friendly and hence why I would prefer wooden furniture for my patio.
Designs I found in the internet, two of which I featured here were rather elaborate and they had cushions which will encourage cats. As I said before, cats aren’t a favourite of mine, so no cushion would be allowed in any way.
Anyway, noting the wet weather in Kuching, my wife and I decided to go for solid wood furniture for the patio, and only turn to rattan if solid wood proved to be out of our budget.
The budget was not more than RM800.
WE FOUND OUR PATIO FURNITURE!
The next huge question once the decision on what type of patio was to be set up was “Where to find and buy furniture for a patio in Kuching?”. Wanting to save, I scouted Mudah.my and found a rattan patio set costing just RM450 as you see below.
We almost got the set, but was later told that it was sold out. Bummer!
We found another solid wood furniture shop in fourth mile, but they were charging like RM220 per chair, and a set of four chairs with a table would hit almost RM1,000, which was too expensive.
Finally, thanks to recommendation from friends, we decided to go to a factory in Siburan which was also selling wooden furniture and that’s where we struck a gold mine.
They were offering a solid wooden chair for only RM100, and a complete patio set with four chairs and a tea table at just RM500!
It was a real steal compared to the shop in fourth mile, that we paid cash on the spot, and loaded it onto my truck.
When we came home, we immediately set it up, so here’s the my patio with plastic still wrapped around the chairs.
So, the first part’s over now, so the next step is to buy some bamboo blinds to improve privacy at the patio.