Design inspiration June 2019

Design inspiration June 2019

Ultimate Alfresco Projects

This month’s Ultimate Alfresco Design Inspiration is a look at Outdoor Rooms.

We hope these designs inspire you to create your own outdoor room. 


If you live in the Albury Wodonga region and would like to discuss how to design and create a beautiful patio or pergola for your home, contact us today.

Eight Easy Steps to your Ultimate Alfresco – Step 4

Eight Easy Steps to your Ultimate Alfresco – Step 4

Once you are happy with your alfresco design, have signed off on your alfresco drawings and the project plan, (Step 3) then we get out our calculator.

You don’t want any nasty surprises and the only surprises we like to give are good ones. So we provide you with your final investment figure (the dollars) for your project.

During this step, you can still review your designs, even if you have signed off on them. And any final adjustments or tweaks will be incorporated into your final investment price.

Your investment into your alfresco is a fixed price.

This means you know what your investment is going to be, and no unexpected expenses occur.

If you are looking for a team to help you create your dream alfresco area, contact us. We’re here to help you make your outdoor dining and entertainment dream a reality. 

Find out more about the other steps of your Eight Easy Steps to your Ultimate Alfresco. 

Step 1 – Your initial consultation

Step 2 – Your estimated investment

Step 3 – Design decisions

Aluminium vs Steel – What to choose when building your alfresco

Aluminium vs Steel

At Ultimate Alfresco, creating your dream space is our priority. And there’s a lot that goes into creating an outdoor area for you to live in and love. That’s why attention to detail is so vital.

Detail like understanding the differences when choosing the perfect material to build your patio or pergola with, so you end up with your perfect outdoor space.

For example, the difference between steel and aluminium.

If having your alfresco area look and feel well made and part of your home (rather than being tacked on), then choosing the right material to build with is important.

Here are three reasons we think choosing aluminium can be a better option than steel.

1. Minimal maintenance

Aluminium can be powder coated, where steel frames welded on site cannot. Welded steel frames can only be painted, which requires ongoing maintenance. Paint does not stand up to weather as well as powder coating, so can more easily start to peel or break down. That is visually unappealing, as well as meaning you have to get the paint brushes out or the painters in.

Aluminium frames mean you don’t have to worry about rust causing damage to your patio or pergola frame either. Why? because steel rusts and aluminium doesn’t.

2. No bumpy bits

Steel frames have welded joints, which can be quite unsightly. Building with an aluminium frame means you can use engineered concealed bracketry – creating flush seamless joints. And that is much more visually appealing.

Also, steel beams tend to have visible seams, which can be amplified when painted.

3. Better engineering

Aluminium frames are much lighter than steel frames. This means they can span exceptional distances and are substantially smaller than a steel beam spanning the same distance. Being lighter doesn’t mean aluminium is weaker. Our Louvretec range of opening roofs is made to withstand winds of over 160km/hour.

So, if you’re looking at adding an alfresco area to your home, talk to us about your options. We will work with you to create the alfresco of your dreams.

To discuss your alfresco options, contact us today.


Design Inspiration May 2019

Design inspiration May 2019

Ultimate Alfresco Projects

This month’s Ultimate Alfresco Design Inspiration is a look back at some of our Projects of the Month.

We hope these designs inspire you to create your own outdoor space. 


If you live in the Albury Wodonga region and would like to discuss how to design and create a beautiful patio or pergola for your home, contact us today.

Building your dream custom patio

Building your dream custom patio

There is a big difference between a custom patio and an “off the shelf” patio.

A custom design means your outdoor area is unique to your home and your patio looks and feels like an integral part of your home.

An “off the shelf” patio is usually a simple square or straight forward rectangle that can end up looking tacked onto your home.

With a custom patio, you have direct input to what you want and like. And working with specialist custom alfresco designers means you can end up with the patio of your dreams.

At Ultimate Alfresco, Letitia, our Alfresco Specialist, spends time with you to take your ideas and create a patio that will suit your home. This means looking at all the options while working with what you are envisioning.

A custom patio works with your home, so it can include different styles to work with the features of your existing home, like swimming pools or landscaping and working with you to get the design you want.

What to Consider

Here are the top four things to consider when designing the ideal patio for your outdoor area

There are other things you can consider when designing your patio.


When it comes to what your patio is built with, you have a number of options:

  • Steel
  • Wood
  • Colourbond
  • Aluminium
  • Brick
  • And more…

And you don’t have to use just one of the materials, you can mix it up by combining materials in your custom design.

Future needs

Your outdoor area can incorporate more than your patio. Therefore, thinking about future additions is important. Do you want to add an outdoor kitchen? Perhaps you will need blinds? Or you may want to add a pool one day.

It is important to make sure your patio is designed to be able to incorporate these extra features later, without impacting too much on your current patio.


Dependent on which materials you choose for your patio, your colour selection can certainly make or break your new outdoor area.

The colour you choose will add to the appearance and can be a feature in its own right.

You can choose colours for almost every area of your custom patio, from posts to gutters to the roof and flooring. Letitia, our Alfresco Specialist works with you to help guide you through the decision making.

To discuss your custom patio, pergola or alfresco design options, contact Ultimate Alfresco today.