Design Inspiration April 2019

Design Inspiration April 2019

Another Sneak Peek

The Ultimate Alfresco Design Inspiration April 2019 is another sneak peek from another photo shoot we recently did with one of our clients. 

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. 

Project of the Month April 2019

Project of the Month April 2019

Before

This client has a large family and loves entertaining. They recently moved into their home and realised that their entertaining area just wasn’t big enough.

They brought in Ultimate Alfresco to come up with a design that complimented their existing house and worked with their angled boundary fencing which can be a challenge with some products.

After

We used insulated panels to create an area that was large and versatile. We removed a post from the existing alfresco which really opened this space up. Our clients now have a fully integrated and functional kitchen area with beautiful tiling.

They are loving their extended outdoor living and having all the family around to enjoy it together.

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

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.

 

Project of the Month March 2019

Project of the Month March 2019

Before

Our client had an existing under roof alfresco which was too small for their needs. They wanted to expand their space and be able to use it all year around. 

 

After

We extended their area seamlessly by using insulated panels to keep their space as comfortable as possible.

The new alfresco was finished off with a fireplace with a slat screen and blinds to keep in the warmth in Winter and the weather and bugs out in Summer.

By also continuing the tiling between the two areas the space not only look integrated but much larger as a result.

Our client could not be happier with the result.

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

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.