Creating an indoor-outdoor room

Creating an indoor-outdoor room

Outdoor areas have changed dramatically over the years to become outdoor rooms with a range of elegant options to suit your home and personal taste.

No longer simply a deck tacked onto the outside of your home, the best alfresco areas are now considered indoor-outdoor rooms.

They have the flexibility to embrace your surrounds when the weather is beautiful and create a cosy nook to relax in when the cooler months arrive.

So what is the secret to a successful outdoor room?

Simply, it is one that seamlessly blends with the indoors and feels like part of your home. Therefore, enclosing an existing alfresco is one way to create your ultimate indoor-outdoor room. 

Benefits of enclosing your alfresco

There are a number of practical benefits to enclosing your alfresco.  Having year-round access is just one of them.

  • It creates an indoor-outdoor room, giving you additional entertaining space
  • No more battling flies, mozzies and other unwanted bugs
  • It is much easier to keep clean and tidy (no leaves, dust etc)
  • You have a better sense of privacy, and can still retain your view
  • You can manage the temperature and air flow
  • Your furry friends have a secure space, without having to access your home
  • You have a range of options available to enclose your alfresco area

Indoor-outdoor room options

You have a number of options available when it comes to enclosing your alfresco area.

The flexibility of your choices can be reliant on upon your budget, existing alfresco design and your alfresco lifestyle.

Some of the options you might like to consider include:

Bi-fold blinds

These can add a level of privacy to your outdoor area

Outdoor sliding shutters

Sliding shutters are great way to control the sun and wind to enjoy your space all year around

Cafe style blinds

Drop-down blinds, like the ones often used by cafe’s, give your patio area protection from the weather. Your alfresco area then becomes a place you can use all year long.

A Louvretec opening roof

An extension built with a Louvretec roof and mesh shade blinds as walls creates climate control on your deck or patio all year around.

If you’re looking turn your alfresco area into an indoor-outdoor room, talk to us about your options. We will work with you to build your dreams.

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.


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.

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

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

Designing the ideal patio for your home can be challenging as there are so many aspects to consider.

To help you design your dream patio here are the top four things to consider:

1. You, the owner

Having been designing and building patios for years here at Ultimate Alfresco means we have a wealth of experience. It also means that we have the knowledge to provide options for you to help you design your ideal patio.

Ultimately, though, it is your home. And as the home owner you will see the patio every day. What we will do is offer advice based on what you describe and what you want to achieve.

We do this by asking you what you want out of your ideal patio. And then we help make that idea come to life for you.

2. The size and use of your outdoor area

When designing your ideal patio, it’s important to think about the area you want to have covered.

Plus, think about what outdoor furniture you will be using, whether you will have a bbq or outdoor kitchen, and how you will use your outdoor area.  

By taking into account the size and use you can make sure your outdoor furniture and the layout is the right fit and design and fills the patio area appropriately.

3. Designing your patio

Designing your patio is important, not only for the overall look but how it will flow with your home. 

Your patio design can reflect your personality, help add privacy from neighbours and create a practical yet beautiful outdoor area.  And 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.

4. Roof options

There are a variety of roofing options you can choose. From louvred roofs to insulated roof panels to open arbours to glass roofs. Think about what type of flexibility you want from your patio and if you want a roof that will integrate with your home. You can read about our four favourite roofing options here.

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