Our client wanted mottled sun and full ventilation of their outdoor area whilst creating a more intimate space to take in their views.
We created a slat screen to achieve an elegant look and make the space feel open, yet intimate. Our client can still see the sky and their views clearly and heat will not get trapped. They also have the option of growing an ornamental grape of similar over it if they choose without worrying if it will deteriorate as the structure is all powder coated.
The warm weather has arrived, which means moving your entertainment outside.
To make the most of your alfresco entertaining, here are four easy tips to help you and your guests enjoy your alfresco area.
1. Keeping the bugs away
Outdoor entertaining is part of the Australian culture, and battling the flies and mosquitos can sometimes be a challenge.
A great tip is to spray your tables or tablecloths or placemats with a bug repellent before setting your table.
Then, include in your table setting mix of non-scented candles and citronella candles. This adds ambiance as well as keeping those pesky mosquitoes and flies away.
Turning your glassware upside down until your guests use them is great for not ending up with any surprise beasties in your drink.
2. Prepare early and keep it simple
Alfresco entertaining is about enjoying your time with family and friends.
To make sure you minimise your time in the kitchen and maximise your time with your guests, keep your food simple and prepare as much as possible before your party.
A couple of simple (or unusual) salads with our BBQ Salmon Steaks recipe works a treat. Or go for a chilled seafood platter you can prepare beforehand and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
3. Don’t forget the drinks!
Greeting your guests with a smile and a glass of their favourite wine or beer puts everyone in a great mood.
Then, while you all relax and enjoy some nibbles, have an ice bucket in the center of your alfresco lounging area where everyone can place and easily reach their preferred wine, beer or other beverage.
If you reminisce about the bygone days of the punch, bring out your treasured punchbowl your grandmother gifted you, make a sangria and enjoy the party.
Dance the night away
You can’t beat a really good playlist.
Music makes for a memorable party. Whether it’s…
background music as you discuss the important issues of life
listening to Dave tell his “stuck in an elephant umbrella stand” story for the zillionth time
clearing the tables to dance under your disco ball…
Know your crowd and pick the appropriate music – after all, you really don’t want the baby elephant walk playing when you want to disco!
Our client had a small courtyard that she wanted to make more user-friendly all year round. While she had a lovely northern aspect, which she wanted to keep, she also wanted weather protection. There was a temporary structure in place that really was not fit for purpose.
We worked around the design constraints and council regulations and managed to incorporate all the elements that our client wanted. The result is a winter and summer space that she can come home to and a little haven to relax in.