Alfresco Melbourne2023-06-22T13:37:25+10:00

Alfresco Builders Melbourne

Adding an alfresco area, or improving your outdoor area to create a space to relax and entertain outdoors, is a popular way to renovate your home. The key to helping your home flow and to making the most of your site is to really think about what you want from the alfresco before you start to build.

In Australia, outdoor living is a big part of life, and maximising the use of our outdoor spaces is a great way to expand your home’s liveable space. Being able to connect with nature enhances our well being, so it makes sense to create alfresco areas for your home that are functional and enjoyable. You need to consider several factors when designing your alfresco, depending on where you live, your family, and your interests.

Alfresco Design Factors…

Thinking about climate is crucial when you’re beginning the design process; in most parts of Australia, the summer is hot and sunny, so you’ll definitely need some shady areas to be able to sit outside comfortably. We can work with you to find the best solution, be it a permanent roof or providing shade in more flexible ways such as timber or metal battening shade cloth, or plants. Clever planting can also be used to give you privacy from your neighbours if your property is overlooked by providing unobtrusive screening that doesn’t block the light.

If you prefer permanent shelter, then we can build the perfect solution for you in a wide range of finishes, from rustic brickwork to smooth plaster. Having the right weather protection for your alfresco means that you can use it as an extra room in your home all year round. Your new alfresco area can also be heated for winter use, and we can add lights for the perfect ambience.

Look at our gallery of previous projects to see what can be incorporated into an alfresco to make it a private and comfortable place to relax, or for the kids to play.

See Some of Our Alfresco Builds

Why Choose Us

Comprehensive Service

Comprehensive services including onsite inspections, the development of plans, arranging all permits and paperwork.


A thorough understanding of all current building codes, council permit and government regulations.


A complete knowledge of all current and new materials available for building pergolas, decks & verandahs and we can advice you on the best quality and ideal fit for your build.

Registered & Skilled

Skilled tradesman that turn up on time and produce projects as specified by the client. Our builders are registered and members of the HIA Building Association.


Most importantly, we’re honest and upfront and pride ourselves on providing quality outcomes to our customers that you’ll love and will also add value to your home.

Australian Owned & Operated

We’re a small business which is Australian owned and operated. Everything we do is managed by our team of builders and we won’t outsource any elements of your build.

Frequently Asked Questions

What other services does you company offer, or is it only alfrescos?2020-08-10T18:24:27+10:00

As we are fully qualified carpenter’s we off many additional services including other trades where required.

Does your company get the alfresco plans and permits for me or do I have to go elsewhere?2020-08-10T18:24:03+10:00

We offer full services regarding writing up plans and obtaining all permits required.

Is there planning and or other permits I may need?2020-08-10T18:23:38+10:00

A planning permit, report and consent, over easement permission may also be required in addition to your building permit. We can help you with all of these.

Do I need a building permit for my alfresco?2020-08-10T18:23:16+10:00

Yes, all alfrescos require a building permit.

Do you take away all the rubbish and building materials away after you have finished the build?2020-08-10T18:22:51+10:00

Yes, we always leave your property as clean as it was when we arrived.

What are other options can I add to my alfresco?2020-08-10T18:22:22+10:00

As alfrescos are an outdoor room to some extent, the number of materials, features and products that can be added is quite broad.

These include all type of posts & pillars, different roof structures (as stated above), various types of internal roofing including plaster, skylights, downlights, heaters, fans, end feature walls, bbq areas, whole kitchens and more.

I would like as much light coming into the house once the alfresco is built, what is the best way to achieve this?2020-08-10T18:19:40+10:00

Many people have either lining boards or plaster in their alfresco roof therefore the best way to achieve maximum light is by using skylights.

What type of roofing can I choose for my alfresco?2020-08-10T18:19:07+10:00

Roofing comes in a wide variety of materials, systems and profiles. These include colourbond, concrete & terracotta tiles, high grade plastics, shingle roof & zincalume steel.

Who supplies your all steel alfrescos?2020-08-10T18:17:27+10:00

Our steel alfrescos are supplied by Stratco.

What type of posts can I use for my alfresco?2020-08-10T18:16:58+10:00

Timber, steel, bricks, concrete, render and additional claddings.

What type of timber do you use in building my alfresco?2020-08-10T18:16:34+10:00

Alfrescos are and can be made from many timbers including treated pine through to a very large range of hardwoods.

What type of structural materials can the alfresco be made from?2020-08-10T18:16:07+10:00

Timber, steel, aluminium, bricks, concrete and more.

Should I choose a flat or gable roof alfresco?2020-08-10T18:15:40+10:00

Many people when building an alfresco want it to look similar to the house therefore this has a large impact on roof style.

How much will my alfresco cost?2020-08-10T18:15:12+10:00

A small alfrescos can start from $15 to $20,000 and quite easily go over $100,000.

What is an alfresco?2020-08-10T18:13:44+10:00

An alfresco (or alfresco area) is where people dine or eat outdoors.  If building an alfresco usually the structure has upgraded materials and features such as better roofing, plaster, a floor, plastering, down lights, etc. Alfrescos are more expensive to build than a verandah as a general rule.

Why are Affordable Pergolas the best Alfresco Builders?2020-06-17T20:16:40+10:00

Great question! We have extensive experience in building Alfresco additional in all sizes and shapes for Melbourne homes. Our customers love our designs and craftsmanship and how they also add value to their homes. Over the ten years that we have been building pergolas, decks and verandahs we have found that all of clients simply want the following qualities & outcomes. From comprehensive services including onsite inspections, the development of plans, arranging all permits and paperwork to a thorough understanding of all current building codes, council permit and government regulations. We are here to help your Alfresco area come to live.

How much does it cost to build an Alfresco area?2020-06-17T20:14:06+10:00

The size and design of your Alfresco area and the materials you choose will dictate the cost.  The easiest thing to do is contact our team for a free no obligation quote and we can provide you with a price or come out to your home to quote your exact needs.

Are you and all of your trades fully qualified and licensed?2020-06-17T20:57:16+10:00

Yes, we are registered building practitioners and members of the HIA Builders Association. We’ve been building for over 10 years and can comfortably guide you through the process of adding a deck, pergola, carport, verandah or alfresco area to your home.

Will you help with building and permits?2020-06-17T20:57:05+10:00

Yes, absolutely! We can help you navigate all of the complicated elements that may present when building your own deck. Our service starts with the design of your deck and discussing your requirements for screening and privacy. We can then assist you with submitting the correct details for council permits and can alter the design of your deck to fulfill local requirements. 

Our Clients Say It Best…

We could not be more happy or excited by our new pergola. Chris has been so professional from our initial quote request to completion of our job. His team were so efficient and personable and the end result is beyond our expectations in look, price and usability.

Sam & Jasmine, Wheelers Hill

I would be happy to provide verbal references anytime. A great job done with care & with the customer at the centre of focus, will always recommend.

Mark, Heathmont

“A terrific pergola and an overwhelmingly positive experience. Thanks very much to both of you. It was a pleasure to have you working here and the pergola looks like it was built with the house rather than added later

Donna, Macleod

Hi Guys. We now live out on our new deck and pergola, it’s like an addition room, we love it. Your advice prior to construction was really good.

You committed to having the job done before Xmas and you were spot on. We had Xmas lunch and survived the wild storms.

Overall your team was very friendly & professional. 100% recommendation from us!

Ken & Jessica, Williamstown

Terry and I are very happy with our retaining walls and look forward to working with Phil to complete our pergola. Could not fault Phil in anyway and would be happy to recommend him to others.

Trish & Terry, Croydon

We absolutely love our new pergola! The workmanship is fantastic, all the workers were friendly and very tidy. We would highly recommend APM to anyone who needs a new pergola. The pergola is everything we wanted in design and it is very practical.

It adds another room to our house. Thank you.

Cornelia & Rob, Balwyn

Overall we couldn’t be happier with the end product. The quality of workmanship is great and it’s better than what we envisaged. The advice given in regards to the feature slat jarrah wall and bar was welcomed to the point of even agreeing to have it built.

Thanks so much for your professional service and craftsmanship. We have already recommended you to many of our friends.

Chris & Julie, Doreen

We were very happy with the workmanship and efficiency of the Affordable Pergolas team. We were very happy that they removed all of our old remnants of our decking from our property. Our repaired decking is better than it was when it was new.

Thanks, Chris, Mark & Jack.

Kevin & Nancy, Upwey

I can’t fault Chris & his team at Affordable Pergolas Melbourne. Great communication, arrived on time, every time. Finished in an extremely timely period… and just what I requested, I got.

Certainly recommend to other interested customers.

Anne, Rowville

We liked your service because you were punctual and professional. Keep up your good work, mate!

Eduardo, Knoxfield

Thank you so much for building the deck in a timely manner and at an affordable price. I really valued the time constraints we had and how we booked in to suit our needs.

You also offered solutions for changes to the design which was appreciated.

Thanks you again, Heidi.

Heidi, South Kingsville
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