Project of the Month June 2019

Project of the Month June 2019


Our client had a newly constructed home in provincial style. However, when they moved in they realised that they hadn’t fully considered their outdoor entertaining needs and hadn’t designed their alfresco big enough.



The insulated panel solution provided comfort and style, along with the benefit of integrating seamlessly with their existing house. The new alfresco was designed and built with the same colours as the original build. And we also copied the size of posts and beams so the new outdoor space looks like it was always meant to be there.


The clients are now free to extend their living area outdoors and enjoy their beautiful backyard.

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

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.

Eleven planning questions to help you design your ultimate alfresco

Designing Your Ultimate Alfresco 

Eleven planning questions to get you started

Whether it’s starting from scratch, revamping your patio into a divine alfresco area or extending your outdoor entertaining area, you need a plan. 

To help get you started, here are eleven planning questions to consider before starting to design your ultimate alfresco.

Download a copy of these questions here.

    1. What is my alfresco area going to be used for? 
    2. Am I designing it for entertaining or for “me time”?
    3. How often do I plan to use my alfresco area?
    4. What time of day (morning, afternoon, evening or all the time) will I use my alfresco area the most? 
    5. What is the orientation of my alfresco area?
    6. Do I plan to use it all year round?
    7. How much maintenance am I prepared to do?
    8. Do I have trees overhanging that will drop leaves?
    9. Do I want my alfresco area to be weatherproof?
    10. Do I want flexible roofing and walls, or fixed structures?
    11. What look and feel do I like in designs?

By answering these questions you should get a clear picture of what you want your outdoor space to look like. And, how you want it to function. 

If you are considering adding an alfresco to your home and need inspiration and help with understanding your options feel free to contact our alfresco specialist for further advice.

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.