Planning your new alfresco area
It’s the new year and with that comes all the resolutions and ideas for what you plan to do in the coming year. If adding or extending an alfresco space to your home is one of those ideas we are here to help.
Knowing where to start in the transforming your home can be daunting, so here are a couple of tips to help you with the process.
First, ask yourself these questions:
1. Why are you building your alfresco area
For example, are you looking to transform an unused space in your backyard or are you looking to expand the usable living area of your home – bring the outdoors in (or the indoors out)?
2. What do you want to use your alfresco area for?
Be very clear on what you want your alfresco to do. Do you want it to be an area you can use for entertainment, or is it somewhere for you to retreat to and relax?
These two reasons will be key to designing an alfresco that you have dreamt of and will fall in love with. And speaking of design, that’s something else for you to consider.
3. What type of design do you want?
Think about the style you like and what will work with your home. Do you prefer modern with clean lines and minimalist structure (great if you have stunning views), or a more traditional design to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Or perhaps you prefer something more eclectic or quirky.
The important thing to consider here is that your alfresco will be there for a long time, so make sure the design is something you will love.
4. Do you want your alfresco to blend in with your existing home or be a focus point and stand out?
You can really make your alfresco a feature of your home and have the design quite different.
Or you may prefer to have a seamless connection between your home and your alfresco, so it looks more in keeping with the original residence.
5. What do you want your alfresco to be built with?
You have a number of options here. Your answer may be dependent on how you answered to question four.
If you have an older style home and you want your alfresco to look like it was built when the house was built then timber and brick may be the way to go if.
Or if you want your alfresco to be a focus point, then you may choose more modern options like an opening roof motorised louvre panels or glass screens.
If you’re not sure what you want, we can discuss your options with you and help you decide, design and build the alfresco of your dreams.
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