If you are looking at your back yard and planning your outdoor space, it can be hard to imagine how your alfresco will look or how it could even be a part of your home.
Here are three things to consider when starting on the design of your dream alfresco.
Albury Wodonga is growing, with new homes being built every day. Everyone has different sized back yards and different needs when designing and building their home. And that means there is no one size alfresco to fit all.
We have great weather here in Albury Wodonga most of the time. A love for the spending time in your back yard can be influenced by what space you have available to create your ideal alfresco. Getting your alfresco space right means you will be able to manage the amount of light and shade you get throughout the year. And that means being able to take advantage of your alfresco all year round.
So, when considering your new outdoor area consider your home and the space you have available.
The design of any alfresco for your home has to feel like it is a part of your home and not an afterthought.
This is our where our Alfresco Specialist can help. Letitia has years of industry knowledge and can help you design and create the alfresco of your dreams.
Taking into consideration your wants, location, space, landscaping, and other options are all when designing your alfresco. Having right materials for your alfresco is also an important aspect of your design. The right materials will also mean your outdoor space feels more like it is a part of your home, rather than an add-on.
So, whether you want a patio, pergola, gazebo, deck or an outdoor room, Letitia works with you to create your perfect outdoor area.
Let’s face it an empty alfresco is not much to look at. The fun begins when you start to add accessories to your alfresco.
Our client was building their new house and had limited outdoor space. They needed to create an undercover area that would still feel open and give them a sense of being outside. Also, having polished concrete inside meant they wanted to get as much sunlight inside in winter to get maximum energy efficiency.
The solution was louvres.
We were able to cover the needed area and still give the flexibility of an operable roof. This allowed the thermal mass of the exposed slab to still be utilised whilst creating a fully functional area all year round area to entertain and relax in.
Your dream alfresco is complete and you’re almost ready to show it off and enjoy – all you need are your outdoor furniture essentials.
There are so many choices available these days, which can be an exciting adventure deciding what to have – or it can be slightly overwhelming.
Here are three things to consider to help you furnish your dream alfresco.
1. How will you use your space?
Do you host more formal style dinners, with beautifully presented dishes to everyone sitting at a dining table? If so, then choosing a sleek outdoor modular dining setting can create a more modern and structured style. If you have a larger space, adding a modular style lounge and modern outdoor chairs will add to the look (as well as offer additional seating). Or, if you do want to soften the look slightly, you can always accessorise with beautiful outdoor cushions.
Alternatively, a natural-product dining setting (such as wicker or wood) with comfy chairs can create a more comfortable and relaxed environment. Or forgo a dining setting altogether and fill your patio or pergola with comfy outdoor sofas and ottomans.
No matter what your style is, if you entertain large numbers, consider using an outdoor dining setting with an extension table.
And, if your outdoor space allows, you can choose both an outdoor dining setting and a modular lounge. However, if you only have space for one, let how you plan on using your alfresco be your guide.
Most outdoor furniture offers a range of colour choices, which can make it tempting to choose ultra-trendy colours. If you plan on updating the look of your alfresco area regularly, then this may be a good option for you.
Alternatively, selecting classic colours and looks offers you more longevity and usually a wider choice of styles.
Like colour options, you also have the choice of a large variety of different furniture types. The great thing is that most modern outdoor furniture have easy care and maintenance. The key thing to remember is that quality matters, and like so many purchases, you will get what you pay for.
You can help preserve and protect your outdoor furniture from the effects of weather by storing it for part of the year (usually winter). If you’re going to do this then choose outdoor furniture that is easily stackable.
And, if you really hate looking after your furniture some of the most durable outdoor furniture materials include aluminium and all-weather wicker furniture.
Use these outdoor furniture essentials tips to complete your dream alfresco.
If you need help creating your dream alfresco, feel free to contact our Alfresco Specialist, Letitia Awdjew.
Whether a couch for a crowd or a secluded lounger for one, creative alfresco seating ideas can enhance your outdoor space and create flexibility to the use of your alfresco.
Here are three things to think about where planning your outdoor seating.
1. Incorporate your garden
An alfresco that combines natural aspects of your garden lends itself to timber purpose built outdoor benches. Having a slatted bench built around an established natural tree offers the flexibility of additional sitting space when you are entertaining a crowd, or use as a decorative garden bench during your quieter entertaining periods.
For a more structured approach, that still incorporates your garden, surround your alfresco with raised garden beds that have extra wide walls. This frames your alfresco area and not only provides easy access to your herb garden; you can also use it for seating too.
2. Make the most of extra space
If you have a very wide verandah add tilted shelving to the rail at height, that when lowered it can be used as a seat.
Here you have the option of adding bench style shelving, or individual shelves. Either style can be used as seating when required.
The important thing here is to make sure the cantilever is strong enough to hold an adult, so bring in the experts to do the job and make sure your seating is safe.
Or for a railing-free deck, you could add low built-in benches that function as both an edge barrier and seating.
3. Bring your inside outside
Tables and chairs, traditionally used for indoors, can add a laid-back mood and charm to your alfresco area. If you are the creative type, there’s the repurposing approach of using milk crates, pallet stacks, hay bales and even old tyres. Or you can always go super modern and use plastic cubes, stackable chairs or tapas stools.
If flexible seating options is more your style consider adding a purpose-built storage area to your alfresco. Or, perhaps you can double purpose your into storage boxes into seating.
At the end of the day, your alfresco seating should reflect your lifestyle and the design of your outoor area, whether it be a patio, pergola, deck or outdoor room. And it should be as flexible as you need it to be.
If you would like to know more about built-in alfresco seating options, or discuss your alfresco design options then feel free to contact us.