Originally from Italy, the saying “al fresco” was a far cry from what we think of now: the phrase formerly referred to architectural prison conditions. Eventually, this led to alfresco being what we now positively think of in the Western world: socialising, dining and appreciating the outdoors and fresh air. If your outdoor space needs a revamp in order to draw family members and guests out into the fresh air, this guide is sure to help. We’ve put together a collection of our top articles on alfresco landscape designs so that you can begin planning a space that suits your taste and lifestyle.
If there’s one thing that can ruin the final look of a garden, it’s trying to fit too many themes and ideas into one space. Take a look through these landscape styles to find a look that works for you.
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Now that you know how you want to style your alfresco space, it’s time to figure out its main purpose. Do you want to enjoy large outdoor parties, small romantic dinners or a family-friendly outdoor setting? The following will help you figure out what outdoor features suit your lifestyle.
When it comes to outdoor entertaining; atmosphere, consistency, entertainment features and, most importantly, outdoor cooking and dining features are key. Your top considerations should include whether to build a deck or install paving, what plants will enhance the space, where outdoor lighting will be needed and whether a basic or high-end outdoor kitchen will best meet your requirements. Read the full article…
If outdoor dining is your main priority, check out this article. It provides a thorough guide to barbeques, wood-fired ovens and pizza ovens. Outdoor heating options are also discussed as well as flooring, shelter and furnishing options.
Your goal might be to extend your indoor living space. Often, the easiest and most affordable way to achieve this is by installing sliding, bi-fold or French doors which lead out to a covered outdoor area. For decking solutions, door options and joining inspiration; take a look at this article.
Style? Check. Purpose? Also, check. Design and layout? Consider the following…
What style of deck will suit your home and budget? Take a look at the pros and cons of wooden decking, eco decking and bamboo decking. Also, find out what’s involved in decking restoration.
Nothing adds functionality and flow to an outdoor space like a deck. This article explains what you need to know before you begin building. It includes consent requirements and important groundwork considerations. From there, find out what’s involved in the construction process.
Of course, you’ll need to install a suitable sliding door in order to access your outdoor area. Take a look at your options and learn about the benefits of UV protected glass and double glazing.
It’s hard to enjoy an alfresco setting when neighbours and passersby are monitoring your barbequing abilities. Hedging, outdoor shelter, planting, fencing or privacy screens could be just what you need in order to dine outdoors in peace. Get inspired.
Don’t forget about warmth! If you’re going to spend a significant amount of money on updating your outdoor space, it makes sense to take a few steps toward making it inviting in the cooler months. This article covers location, functionality, safety and portability.
If you’d like to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle year-round, an outdoor room will allow you to achieve this. This cost estimate explains what can be achieved within a $20,000+ budget, in terms of decking, outdoor coverage, furniture, lighting, cooking appliances and heating.
If you’re going to be dining outdoors as often as you do indoors, it’s definitely worth putting some thought into whether or not an outdoor kitchen should be factored into your alfresco design. On a basic budget, an outdoor kitchen can be as straight-forward as putting a barbeque on the deck along with some comfy furniture and attractive outdoor lighting. If you’re going all-out, an outdoor kitchen island with built-in cooking and cleaning features might be in the cards. Check out your options.
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Now that you have figured out the style, layout and main features of your outdoor design, you can have some fun with the final details. Our detailed guide to outdoor lighting will help you to create a safe and ambient outdoor space. From there, you’ll want to choose outdoor furniture that suits your style and climate. Lighting, furniture, colours and accessories are what will make your space feel personal and comfortable. This article will get you started.
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