Five alternate ways to heat your outdoor area

Five alternate ways to heat your outdoor area

The cold weather has arrived, but don’t let this stop you from entertaining friends and family in your alfresco area. The team at Ultimate Alfresco have put together five alternate ways to heat your outdoor area and stay warm this Winter.

Let’s take a look!

Fire Pits

If you are one who loves the open fire, then a fire pit may be your solution.

fire pit in outdoor area for heat and warmth

The atmosphere that an open fire can produce is wonderful and if you are a fan of the open flame then a fire pit could be a perfect choice.

Fire pits have the added ability to act as a key garden or patio feature all year round. And, their portability is an added bonus.

Patio Blinds

Patio blinds offer the creation of an outdoor room that can retain its warmth.

By having the blinds down in the winter the cold air is kept at bay and that means you may not need a heat source at all. With patio blinds, you have the option to get the last rays of sun before the cool night air descends. 

Economically they offer an excellent investment and can serve you all year round. With a wide range of style and materials available allow you can customise and tailor the blinds to suit your patio space.

Electric Patio Heaters

If you are looking for more sleek and discreet heat sources for your alfresco, then you might like to consider electric patio heaters. Dependent on your outdoor space, these heaters come in a range of models with varying sizes.  

electric heater for outdoor area

The benefit of choosing electric heaters is that they don’t take up much room at all. This leaves plenty of space for you, your family and friends to enjoy your outside area in the cooler months.

Pizza Ovens

pizza oven in luxurious outdoor area for warmth and heat

Food and warmth served together – who could ask for more?

The aroma of delicious food cooking in a warm outdoor space is an entertainer’s dream!

Pizza ovens are available in many shapes, sizes and budgets, providing versatility for your home and outdoor area.

Pizza ovens can release a lot of heat so you will need to think about the placement and size of the oven you choose.

Outdoor gas heaters

Outdoor gas heaters have become an on-trend alternative for warming your patio or alfresco area. The portability of them makes for an encouraging choice. And let’s not forget to mention the wide range of size and designs within an extensive price range.

gas heater outdoor warmth

All patio areas are different in structure, for example, some have flat roofs and some have gable roofs. Therefore consideration would be required for choosing the right fit gas heater. Because you want to ensure that you optimize the heat produced and heat retained.

Now that we have shared with you our suggestions on alternate ways to heat your outdoor area, which option will you go with?

Please contact Ultimate Alfresco to discuss your ideas.

 

 

Project of the Month July 2019

Project of the Month July 2019

Our project of the month for July 2019 had a lovely aspect of their garden. However, their outdoor covered space just wasn’t large enough. 

project of the month july 2019 river and garden view outlook

Before

After speaking with our clients, it was clear that they were wanting to enjoy this outdoor space every day of the year. They wanted the flexibility of being able to let in natural light in the winter months. They wanted to be able to entertain their friends and family not only in Winter but also throughout the hot Summer. Being able to block out the harsh Summer sun was a key requirement of this project. 

before picture of home outdoor pergola area project of the month july 2019

During

To optimize the spectacular views, we recommended a Louvre opening roof for their outdoor area. Throughout the construction period, our clients had minimal disturbance to their existing yard and garden. The skill and experience of our builders allowed this to be achieved. And this meant that our clients were able to instantly entertain their family and friends. 

outdoor pergola work in progress

After

To be consistent with the original house and landscape design we copied the style and size of the existing round posts and colour scheme. The end result is an alfresco that looks like it was meant to be there from the beginning. It is important that we take a considered approach with all our projects. We like to ensure that our clients are delivered a product that is tailored to their requirements. 

after end result pergola louvre roof - project of the month july 2019

Because a louvred roof was the answer here, you can see that the result is glorious. Our clients are now able to sit back and enjoy the landscaped and serene view from under their brand new outdoor area all seasons of the year.

To discuss your patio, pergola or outdoor living area design options, contact Ultimate Alfresco today. 

 

 

We don’t want to be the lowest price

We don’t want to be the lowest price

For some people lowest price is the most important thing. However, with lowest price usually comes some sacrifices.

Here at Ultimate Alfresco, we don’t want to be the lowest price and there are several reasons why.

Quality. Style. Elegance

That is the kind of product we design and deliver at Ultimate Alfresco

We take pride in our team of highly valued, dedicated and creative alfresco specialists.

For each project we deliver a genuine, creative and high-quality outdoor room, not only in the delivery of the product but in the customer service delivery from beginning to end.

Our focus is delivering the product, in which you, the customer, can create and craft memories within your home and share with family and friends for many years to come.

We pay attention and listen to how we can deliver the quality product that meets your alfresco dreams.

To be able to deliver such a high-quality product and service, it is important to us to ensure that our business model entails a sustainable delivery component.

So, let’s look a little further as to why we, Ultimate Alfresco, don’t want to be the lowest price and why we value our people, product, service and customers.

Low price materials tend to break… a lot

Think about any purchases you’ve made in the past that you thought you got a good deal on, only to have them break or fail within a year.

This could be anything from clothes, shoes, tools, appliances, or even cars.

Have you ever bought that cheap outdoor chair at the start of the season, only to find it falling apart and weathered by seasons end?

Cheap things are cheap for a reason, plain and simple. Most of the time, corners are cut in production, and cheap isn’t made to last. It can become a cycle of going back to purchase the cheap thing repeatedly because you’re “saving money.”

Do Your Research

Do your research, ask friends and family if they have recommendations or first-hand accounts with the product you’re looking for, and make sure you’re going to get a lot of use out of whatever it is you’re buying. It might not make sense to splurge for quality if you are not going to use it.

One of the most important aspects of our service is that our staff are highly skilled experts in the outdoor area. Their passion for creating a well-designed space to meet your family’s needs is evident in the quality of work produced. Of course, it’s important to still do your research. There are some brands out there that try to present themselves as quality but aren’t.

We encourage you to read our reviews and call and ask us many questions about the process. We operate in a transparent and honest manner. What you see is what you get.

Quality Items Actually Cause You to Spend Less

Most of the time, if you opt for quality items, you’ll pay less overall.

Would you rather spend $1800 a year on a trending fake leather sofa only to find it falling apart after a year and needing replacement or would you rather spend $4000 on a high-quality sofa that will last 10 years or more?

Of course, you need to take a long-term view of your finances. Look back through your purchase history and see how much repeat purchases are costing you. Break down the cost per use when thinking of buying quality to lessen the blow. When you run the numbers, you’ll probably discover quality comes out ahead.

Lose the hassle and headache

Sometimes it is as simple as spending a little more on a better-quality product to save on time, hassle and money.

Do you really want to have to replace items regularly? (think back to that outdoor chair that you purchased at the start of the season.)

It’s tiring, especially if something breaks right after the warranty has expired (that always happens, right?). It just becomes an emotional and mental drain. In other words, a headache that we can do without!

One could argue that if you’re handy, you can repair cheap things or improve it. Yes, that’s true, but is it worth the time and effort? Save your sanity and splurge when it makes sense to do so. It will free up quality time to spend with your family and friends.

No matter how frugal you are, or how much you might want to save money, spending more on quality can be worth it. Don’t just think of the instant savings – think of the savings you’ll experience for years to come!

Feel welcome to contact us at Ultimate Alfresco if you are now ready to execute your dream design of the outdoor area you have always desired. We would be delighted to work with you in creating an elegant and stylish space for your family and friends.

 

Patios and Pergolas – what’s the difference?

Patios and Pergolas – what’s the difference?

When it comes to designing your outside space there are so many choices. For example, do you choose a patio or a pergola. And what is the difference between the two?

Below we’ve outlined the differences between these two garden features. And, we talk about how each one can really bring out the best in your outdoor area.

Patios

A patio is traditionally designed to expand the usable space of your home, turning your outside space or verandah into an outdoor room, so to speak.

Modern patio designs can create a perfect outdoor space for family gatherings, parties or even just for relaxing with a good book.

A basic patio is usually directly adjoining the outside wall of your home and has an area of flat, paved ground. A roof provides shelter and creates that outdoor room feeling.

Patios great for:

  • Adding value to your home
  • Giving a more spacious feel by creating an extra outdoor room
  • Shield you from the elements; rain, hail or shine

So, how are pergolas different from patios?

Pergolas

The primary difference between a pergola and a patio is in its purpose.

A patio is usually useable all year round

A pergola is designed to be an enhancing feature of your garden. Making it more versatile.

Traditionally pergolas are ornamental and designed to enhance the appeal of your garden.

A big difference with pergolas is that they are also usually free-standing. In saying this, they can be attached to the wall of your home too.

Similar to patios, pergolas can be made as open or as enclosed as you want them to be. If you seek some extra privacy you can add climbing or trailing plants to create a natural partition.

A pergola is a great way to extend your living space and to get more out of your garden or outdoor area.

Pergolas are great for:

  • Adding a touch of individual style to your garden
  • Making your outdoor space more visually appealing
  • Adding privacy to gardens that are overlooked by other homes

If you need help deciding whether patio or a pergola would suit your home, feel free to contact our alfresco specialist, Letitia

Design Inspiration January 2019

Design Inspiration January 2019

Helping you create your dream outdoor space

Starting to plan and design your dream outdoor space can be challenging. 

We hope these patio, pergola and alfresco designs inspire you to create your own outdoor space. 

 

Do you need help designing your patio, pergola or alfresco?  

If you would like to discuss how to design and create a beautiful and functional outdoor area for your home, contact Letitia today.