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.