Prepare your patio for Winter

Prepare your patio for Winter

Autumn is here and with it comes cooler weather, hopefully some rain, and the changing of colour in our trees.

It’s also a great time to prepare your patio for Winter.

Here are three tips to help make the most of your patio this Winter.

1. Create a source of warmth

toasting marshmallows by the firepit

The promise of sitting around a fire pit toasting marshmallows is a surefire way to lure your friends and family into your outdoor area.

Fire pits are not only a great source of warmth over the Winter months they can be a beautiful addition to your patio.

There are a couple of things to consider:

  • The surface on which it will sit. Fire pits need to be located on a heat-proof area. Which means they can’t be placed directly on grass or wooden decking.
  • There may be some restrictions on the installation and use of fire pits. So, it’s always a good idea to contact your local council first for more information.

2. Clean your gutters

clean patio gutters

And with the changing colour in our trees comes the mass the falling of leaves – often into roof and patio gutters.

With more families making the most of outdoor living, with BBQ’s, outdoor kitchens, bars, TV’s and the like there is a lot we would like protected from the weather.

Autumn is, therefore, the time to prepare for the Winter months ahead. And, this means cleaning your patios and patio gutters as well as the checking the rest of your guttering at home.

The gutters on your home and your patio become a collection point for all types of debris. It takes very little to block up a gutter and they can quickly become congested, which can result in overflow spilling into your patio area.

While the sun is still out and the days beginning to cool down it’s the perfect time to get a look at your patio gutters and your home. We recommend using a local handyman, or gardener/cleaner to clean your gutters for you.

Winter is not too far away and along with it hopefully some much needed rain, but before it arrives and the gutters get wet and muddy now is the time to prepare your patio for Winter and get your gutters cleaned.

3. Embrace lighting

winter patio lighting

A well-lit patio is an inviting space in any month, but even more so in the Winter months when it is darker. Having a well-lit area with warm lighting effects will encourage you and your family to head outside and enjoy your patio and outdoor area.

If you have a beautiful garden you could also highlight some of your garden features. For example, highlight established trees or sculptures with uplights or add solar garden lights to darker corners of your backyard.

Rope or solar lighting is also an effective way of accentuating paths and garden edges. And you have the added bonus of increasing safety by lighting these areas to prevent tripping or falling in the dark.

Fairy lights draped through your trees, or around your patio are another way to increase the visual aspect of your patio and create an atmosphere of warmth.

With some preparation, your outdoor area can be a warm and welcoming space even in the depths of Winter.

If you want to add a patio to your home this Winter, feel free to contact our Alfresco Specialist, Letitia Awdjew.

 

Eight Easy Steps to your Ultimate Alfresco – Step 2

Eight Easy Steps to your Ultimate Alfresco – Step 2

After going through Step 1, your initial consultation and property visit, the next step is to build an estimate of your financial investment for your new addition to your home.

While some people love surprises, unexpected costs are not usually the type of surprises enjoyed. And we don’t want you to have any unpleasant surprises as part of building your alfresco.

What does this mean?

It means that you have transparency of what your alfresco investment will be. And that means that any costs anticipated to create your dream entertainment space will be made clear to you… before we start building. So, you get an estimate of your investment before the design is finalised.

This estimate includes all the elements involved in creating your dream alfresco area:

  • your building crew
  • all materials
  • council and other fees
  • and any other elements that are required.

That way you have an idea of what lies ahead and can revisit your design elements if necessary.

Understanding an estimation of your investment helps us make sure you end up with your alfresco vision within your alfresco budget.

 

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. 

Boost the appeal of your pergola with climbing plants

Boost the appeal of your pergola with climbing plants

If you are looking to establish a certain kind of character for your garden, consider a pergola with climbing plants.

Pergola designs range from basic, with a clean simple finish, to quite elaborate styles to impressive structures with huge chunky beams and a more solid presence.

Regardless of your preference for your pergola design, you can also enhance its appeal by simply adding climbing plants to complete the overall character you want to achieve in your garden.

How climbing plants boost the appeal of your pergola

A natural canopy

Pergola with climbing plants

Covering your pergola with climbing plants can create a natural canopy, giving the impression that nature has provided a roof above your head. Imagine enjoying lunch with family and friends – lively conversation and laughter – all sitting beneath the greenery of your beautiful pergola.

If you choose a deciduous variety, you can enjoy sunny winter days, relaxing in a comfy outdoor seat in dappled sunlight, enjoying a good book and sipping on a cup of tea (or glass of wine).

Creating colour

Pergola with colourful plants

Most climbing plants produce colourful flowers that, when they bloom, create a spectacular vision of colour. Is there anything lovelier than a pergola covered with beautiful flowers with their intoxicating perfume wafting through a gentle breeze?

Choices

There are so many options available when choosing a climbing plant for your pergola. And that means the character of your garden and pergola design is entirely up to you.

Here are four of our favourite climbing plants:

Wisteria

We are all familiar with this one, as it is a very popular climbing plant, used on pergolas all the time. Being a deciduous plant, you have the benefit of sunshine in Winter. And a spectacular canopy and fragrance when it blooms.

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is beautifully fragrant with more than 18 different species and a range of colours. It is hard to go past as a climbing plant.

Bougainvillaea

Bougainvillaea is easy to grow and has over 300 varieties. Also with a variety of colours, it is a natural choice for a climbing plant for your pergola.

Passionfruit

Not only does Passionfruit have beautiful flowers, it also provides you with delicious fruit.

If you need help creating your dream pergola, feel free to contact our Alfresco Specialist, Letitia Awdjew.

Dream Pergola

Dream Pergola

If you have a garden in your backyard, you’ve probably imagined sitting around, enjoying time with your family and friends, or just relaxing on a beautiful Autumn day enjoying a good book.  

And to make this dream into reality, you need a pergola.

Pergolas are a great solution for areas in your garden. They can provide shade on a sunny day and are also great for creating a beautiful and versatile outdoor space.

So, if you dreaming about adding a pergola to your garden, here are five different types to help you choose your dream pergola.

The LouvreTec Pergola

As official LouvreTec partners, this is one of our favourite options when building pergolas. And we’re sure it will be one of yours too.

A LouvreTec Pergola will offer you a range of different roofing styles for your pergola. LouvreTec also offers fully engineered structural frame systems that are custom designed for your site. A LouvreTec pergola will give you the best of both worlds – offering sun and shade.

The Garden Arbor

garden arbor

A garden arbor can have an operable roof to make it usable in all seasons. Check out our Project of the Month from October 2016 as an example. A garden arbour with operable louvres allows light and breeze control; perfect for our Autumn weather. 

Otherwise, your garden arbor can have a fixed roof that allows sunlight as well as creating shade. 

Pergola with Outdoor Kitchen

If you love entertaining, then having a pergola with an outdoor kitchen would make life very easy for you. For design inspiration for your outdoor kitchen, watch our September 2019 Design Inspiration video.

The Deck Pergola

If you don’t want a covered deck, but still want some shade, adding a pergola over the top of your deck is a great option. Choose a fixed louvre style roof or the more flexible opening roof from LourvreTec

The Stand-alone Pergola

Create an intimate sitting area in the middle of your backyard with a stand-along pergola. You can choose a full-roof option. Or go with a fixed louvre style roof option and plant grapevines, or passionfruit vines to create seasonal shade. This pergola combines the two styles. 

If you are looking for a team to help you create your dream alfresco area, we’re here to help you make your dream pergola a reality. E info@ultimatealfresco.com.au.

Eight Easy Steps to your Ultimate Alfresco – Step 1

Eight Easy Steps to your Ultimate Alfresco – Step 1

So, you have decided it’s time to add a gorgeous outdoor space to your home – your very own alfresco. But what comes next – how do you make it all happen?

For a summary of the Eight Easy Steps to your Ultimate Alfresco, head to The Process page

Here we’ll take you through a bit more detail about Step 1. 

Your Ultimate Alfresco Step 1

Step 1 involves getting a clear idea of what you want and understanding how to maximise your alfresco space. It also involves understanding how you will work with the Alfresco team to make it happen.

You might have a vision of what you would like, but can’t see how it would work. Or you might like different aspects of a variety of designs, but don’t know how to pull it all together.

Having your own personal design consultation starts you on the process of building the ultimate alfresco area for your home.

Step 1 is your Design Consultation Meeting.

In this meeting, we listen to your vision, uncover your entertainment and relaxation needs, and discover your alfresco dreams, and then tailor a design to match.

What does this involve?

You will be taken through a series of questions designed to help you put into words (and then paper) your grand ideas. You will discuss your desired time frame, designs, styles, and budget.

Capturing all these details with you at the beginning helps to avoid any confusion down the track, and you have a clear vision of what is going to happen.

To complete Step 1, a visit to your home will be arranged to look at your available space and current style of your home.

This visit is an important step in developing a clear understanding of what you would like to see and experience in your alfresco area. It helps us understand how we can make your dream alfresco come to life.

If you are looking for a team to help you create your dream alfresco area, we’re here to help you make your outdoor dining and entertainment dreams a reality. E info@ultimatealfresco.com.au.