Letitia’s Tips – Three ways to prep your alfresco for Spring
Spring is finally on its way and that means we all start to spend more time outdoors! But is your alfresco area ready for entertaining?
This month, Letitia shares three ways to prep your alfresco for Spring.
1. Maintenance time
Maintenance is always an important aspect of keeping your alfresco looking fresh. If you haven’t had a chance to do any maintenance throughout winter, now is the perfect time to start.
There are four simple maintenance jobs you can do to prep your alfresco for Spring:
Pressure clean your tiles, bricks, pavers and decking. This will wash away all the dirt and dust, cobwebs, rubbish and the garden debris that may have been blown in by the winds of winter.
Wash your glass doors and windows. This will instantly add some shine and brighten up the alfresco space, as well as letting more light inside your home.
Check your BBQ area. Has your barbeque been sitting un-used (and perhaps not cleaned off after it’s last use)? It’s time to give it a de-grease. And, while you’re there, top up your gas bottle and make sure it doesn’t have any leaks.
Give your outdoor furniture a wipe down with a damp rag. This is a quick and easy way to get rid of any winter dirt and leaf accumulation.
2. Visual freshen-up
Give your pergola a visual freshen-up by updating the style, look and feel of your furniture and layout.
You could replace all your outdoor furniture and go for a big and dramatic visual change! Or, make small changes like adding an outdoor couch with bright, plump cushions to create a comfy feel. If comfy isn’t your style, then add some modern, sleek stools or a hanging egg chair for some visual impact.
Think about the space of your pergola and what you use the area for the most. Then rearrange your furniture to suit your needs.
3. Add something special
If you really want to add a WOW factor to your patio, then add a LouvreTec Opening Roof! As patio roofs go, they don’t get much better than this! (We think they don’t get any better.)
Not only are you adding a stunning architectural feature to your home, a LouvreTec Opening Roof is a practical addition to your home. At the touch of a button you can chill out in the shade or soak up the sun. You can even get your opening roof with inbuilt rain sensors and LED lighting. It’s like turning your patio into another room of your home.
Stean Nicholls is a renowned corporate company and has become a widely recognised and highly successful real estate brand within the Albury/Wodonga area. They have kindly shared how alfresco areas add value to your home, from their perspective.
When potential purchasers first inspect a home, they often spend a large portion of time considering how they would entertain family and friends who come to visit. Visions of the family barbeque, drinks under the alfresco and watching the kids play outside is often one of the first thoughts that comes to mind. Having the perfect blend of indoor/outdoor flow and a space large enough to accommodate guests can have a direct bearing on the “liveability” of a home, thus influencing the overall price achieved.
Whilst many potential purchasers do not actively recognise it, the amount of natural light a home has will have a direct impact on how a property feels. This means that it is important that an alfresco space does not restrict the amount of natural light that is allowed into the living space. Clever planning can overcome this obstacle, such as a pitched roof or electric awning which allows the patio roof to open and close as desired. This can allow more natural light as well as add a point of difference when the time comes to sell.
Point of difference
The harsh Australian climate means that most households enjoy outdoor entertaining in summer and avoid it as much as possible in the winter. An alfresco space that can be enclosed allows the space to be used year-round and again adds a point of difference. The design and finish of an alfresco space can in many cases add more value to a home than the amount of yard space and landscaping around it, as it is usually the place where people congregate and spend the most time when entertaining. This is always noticed directly or indirectly by potential purchasers and can shape the overall outcome when marketing your home.
Our client didn’t have an outdoor area. What they did have was a beautiful view that they loved to sit outside and enjoy.
They wanted to add value to their home by creating a functional all year round space.
A roof with insulated panels was the answer to their situation. We essentially created an outdoor room that allows this family to continue to sit outside and enjoy their view while being sheltered. The outcome is magic. And it ties in seamlessly with the existing house.
Letitia’s Tips – Three ways alfresco areas add value to your home
Australia is made for outdoor living, so it is little wonder that alfresco areas have become sought-after additions in any property.
Homeowners see great value in adding beautiful outdoor spaces such as decking, patios and pergolas – and not just financial value.
This month, Letitia shares three ways an alfresco adds more than dollar value to your home.
1. Adding an outdoor area can enhance your lifestyle.
You can enjoy the outside of your home and make the most of your home life, whether it is :
creating a space for you to retreat to
creating a central hub for your family to spend time outdoors together or
adding an area to entertain friends and family.
2. You get to enjoy your home, indoors and out, for the whole year!
Patios can be designed to create a beautiful space that offers shade and shelter in the hot Australian summers. The range of roofing options allows you to control the amount of sun and shade throughout Summer.