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.

 

Project of the Month February 2019

Project of the Month February 2019

Before

Our client had an amazing view of Lake Mulwala but was very exposed to the weather and elements.

They needed to create an alfresco area that maximised their views while allowing plenty of natural light into the house throughout Winter. 

  

After

We combined louvres and insulated panel to create a seamless alfresco that maximises there view. At the same time, this allows plenty of natural light into the house throughout Winter.

We also created a wall to house the outdoor kitchen and give privacy from the neighbours. The new and old structures were integrated with the use of colour, texture and also materials.

 

Our client cannot wait to spend many Summer’s with their family outdoors enjoying their new space.

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

Design Inspiration September 2018 – Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchen ideas

You can create a beautiful outdoor space that is also functional by including an outdoor kitchen.

We hope these outdoor kitchen designs inspire you to build your ultimate alfresco. 

 

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. 

Project of the Month – September 2018

Project of the Month Outdoor Kitchen – September 2018

Before

Our client wanted a complete outdoor space that feels as amazing as their gorgeous home does inside.

After

By using the same textures and feel we created a seamless transition from their home to their outside area. The outdoor kitchen is positioned with the orientation of their block so that it is sheltered from the Western sun. At the same time, their outdoor kitchen can be vented to the atmosphere easily.

The outdoor kitchen was incorporated into the whole alfresco area with a functional, yet beautiful design. Incorporating practical work surfaces and products means this alfresco will stand the test of time and be a very functional entertainment area for years to come.

Project of the Month September Outdoor kitchen 2

 

To discuss your patio, pergola or alfresco design options with an outdoor kitchen, contact Ultimate Alfresco today.

Letitia’s Tips – Six things to think about when designing your outdoor kitchen

Six things to think about when designing your outdoor kitchen

It’s quite common to see families cooking outdoors in Australia – we have great weather for it! And most of the time it’s “on the barbie” that’s located somewhere in your alfresco area.

If you cook outside all the time (or a lot of the time) have you considered adding an outdoor kitchen to your home?

There are a number of benefits to having an outdoor kitchen, including:

  • Expanding your living area
  • Adding value to your home
  • It’s great for entertaining

Designing your outdoor kitchen

When designing your outdoor kitchen, there are a number things to think about. Letitia shares six important design considerations.

1. Preparation space.

Outdoor Kitchen - Tip 1 Preparation area

How much countertop space will you need. Do you entertain often and with lots of friends or family? In which case allow for a larger countertop. Or if you usually cook outdoors for your immediate family, then you won’t need as large a preparation area. Ideally, your prep area will be close to your sink to make cleaning up easy.

2. Cooking space.

 

Most outdoor kitchens make use of an in-built barbeque. Think about the size and style of barbeque you will need. Ventilation is important as you don’t want smoke blowing all over you and your guests.  

3. Storage.

Outdoor Kitchen - Tip 3 Cupboard space

 

Don’t underestimate the need for cupboards outdoors. Otherwise you’ll end up running back and forth between your indoor and outdoor kitchens. And that really defeats the idea of having an outdoor kitchen. Think about what you need: cooking equipment, trays, cutlery, crockery, candles, etc

4. Lighting.

You’ll need great lighting, particularly over your preparation and cooking space if you are entertaining the evening. Great lighting will also help you see your barbeque or cooker clearly so you know how well your food is cooking.

5. Flooring.

Outdoor Kitchen - Tip 4 Outdoor flooring

Make sure you go for low maintenance flooring that can handle food spills and regular cleaning.

6. Design.

Outdoor Kitchen - Tip 5 Outdoor Kitchen Design

Think about how you will use your alfresco area, and how a kitchen with all the above can be incorporated. The space you have available may mean some adjustments need to be made. Design is where you call in the experts (like us) to help you make the most of including an outdoor kitchen into your patio, pergola or deck.

If you’re looking to add an outdoor space contact Ultimate Alfresco to discuss how we can help you design your outdoor kitchen.