When it comes to living alfresco, Perth is lucky enough to enjoy one of the best climates anywhere in the world for relaxing and entertaining outside. Because of the 300 days of sunshine a year we can depend on, it makes sense to spend some time and effort making sure our patios are the natural bridge between our house and our garden. Whatever your taste or budget, there are lots of simple yet effective ways of transforming your patio into a stunning, functional and comfortable outdoor living space.

Lighting

Every Perth patio is a lovely place to relax with a glass of wine when the sun has gone down and the heat has gone out of the day. What’s more, if you get your outdoor lighting right, this is when your patio really does start to feel like a fantastic outdoor extension of your indoor space. If your patio is covered, installing a ceiling-mounted light will make the most of this feature and illuminate all your alfresco meals and evening reading. If not, try using wall-mounted lights with motion sensors to make sure you get the light you need each time you step outside. Alternatively, hanging a statement lamp over your patio table will provide the perfect lighting solution for alfresco meals with friends and family. And don’t forget the year-round appeal of twinkling fairy lights and candles. If you’ve got kids running around or are looking for a practical, wind-proof lighting solution, why not invest in some LED candle lights to create a romantic atmosphere?

Planting

Whether you have stone slabs or decking, Perth outdoor living spaces are always hugely enhanced by the addition of greenery. If you’re a keen gardener with time on your hands, you can really go to town with your patio planting, however for a hassle-free, low-maintenance solution potted plants are the way to go. Choose pots to suit your colour scheme and make sure you pick the correct potting mix for your chosen plant. Grasses tend to be a great low-maintenance choice but it’s best to talk to the staff at your local garden centre about your own specific needs in terms of space, shade and the time you can spare to tend your plants. And don’t forget that it’s important to choose wisely if you don’t want to actively attract unwelcome guests to your outdoor gatherings in the form of insects!

Furniture

When it comes to outdoor living Perth offers many ways to enjoy the outdoors in the comfort of your own home. Keen cooks with big families will require a large table to host their alfresco dinner parties, whereas singles or couples with a small space may prioritise a couple of sun loungers to relax on with a drink and a good book at the weekend. Again, when furnishing your patio, it’s important to think about how much space you have and what you want to do with it. If space isn’t an issue and you envisage your patio as being the hub of family life then it’s worthwhile creating a comfortable ‘living-room’ area away from the dining area complete with a garden sofa set and coffee table.

Shade

When designing custom patios there’s a real need for protection from the sun in WA. After all, there is no point in creating a fantastic outdoor living area that is just too hot and uncomfortable to sit in most of the time. This is particularly true if you’re planning to eat outdoors on a regular basis. Timber or aluminium-framed covered patios are a stunning addition to your home that will add value to your property as well as looking fantastic. With these, you also get the advantage of being able to add fans to the ceiling to make your outdoor area a true all-weather destination. Alternatively, you can create much-needed shade with a pergola, a glide-and-slide mechanism or a good old-fashioned parasol. These days garden parasols come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes and can provide a cost-effective and versatile solution to your shading needs.

Kitchen Equipment

If you more or less live outdoors and your budget and space allows, why not transform part of your Perth Patio into a show-stopping outdoor kitchen where you can entertain family and friends all year round as well as cooking your day-to-day meals? If this isn’t for you, there are other stylish ways of incorporating your outdoor cooking into your patios space. Too often, gas barbies are simply parked on our patio space as an afterthought, so why not put some thought into choosing and positioning your barbie to best suit the layout of your patio? Or why not try something a little different with a pizza oven? These are always a big hit with kids and teens and when family and friends come round for dinner.

The Finishing Touches

There’s no place like home and we only truly create that feeling when we add the final flourishes that are personal to us. Outside spaces are no different, so once you’ve sorted your basic layout it’s time to add the unique stamp of your character to your patio. You might choose an outdoor speaker system so you can enjoy your favourite music as you relax in your downtime. Or how about some outdoor rugs, throws and cushions to bring the cosy feel of the indoors outside on cooler evenings? Choosing great-quality outdoor glasses and plates is also a great way to make alfresco dining seem like a special event. Or why not treat yourself to a talking-point item like a hammock to while away those lazy Sunday mornings with a coffee and the newspaper? Outdoor-friendly artwork is also a great way to make a statement within your outdoor space. Or why not invest in some vases to create floral displays to bring the best of the indoors outside?

Whatever you decide, there are countless ways to make your patio everyone’s favourite place to be at your house.  Platinum Outdoors can assist you if you call us on 0402 144 093 today.

With Western Australia’s balmy climate and excellent sun exposure all year round, it’s little wonder that so many people choose to incorporate an alfresco patio into their Perth home design.

As stylish as they are practical, a well thought out alfresco patio blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces and allows you to make the most of our city’s wonderful climate. Whether you want to build a space for throwing lavish dinner parties or are more interested in creating an intimate outdoor nook to relax in after a hard day’s work, Platinum Outdoors is here to help you create an alfresco suited to your lifestyle, budget and the existing stylings of your home.

Looking for some inspiration? As one of the leading alfresco builders in Perth, we have extensive experience in designing and implementing beautiful alfresco spaces, and we want to use this article as an opportunity to share some of our insights with you. Here are seven of the most important things you should consider to get the most out of your Perth alfresco.

1. Maximise the Indoor-outdoor Flow

The key factor in creating a beautiful and functional alfresco is to plan your design around maximising indoor-outdoor flow. There are many ways of achieving this depending on your unique circumstances.

For example, being mindful of your layout, keeping floor heights cohesive, reducing barriers between spaces and opting for materials that complement the overall aesthetic of your home can all play a role in smoothing out the transition from indoors to outdoors. For more inspiration, talk to the friendly Platinum Outdoors team, who will be more than happy to guide you in the right direction.

2. Design With Adequate Shade in Mind

While Perth is undoubtedly blessed with a fantastic climate, there’s no denying that the sun can be harsh, particularly during the summer months. With this in mind, you’ll want to consider how you can introduce shade into your alfresco design in order to create a comfortable and sheltered space.

If your alfresco area is directly adjacent to your home, you may decide to go with a full plasterboard ceiling, but depending on the positioning of your patio that may not always be a viable option. Instead, consider timber or aluminium battening topped with a simple shade cloth. In addition, to really embrace the outdoor spirit, consider growing vines or creepers, or strategically planting a tree to provide shade in the years ahead.

3. Get Creative With Glass

There are a lot of creative opportunities to use glass in your alfresco. For instance, if your alfresco is raised, you may need to fence sections of it off to comply with building codes. In contrast to conventional fencing, which tends to obliterate your views and create barriers between your home and outdoor spaces, glass balustrades are excellent for capturing and extending the sense of freedom an alfresco provides. As an added bonus, they also provide a decent level of protection from the wind.

4. Don’t Forget About the Lighting

Just about any designer will tell you that the most important aspect of great ambience lies in the lighting. With this in mind, don’t neglect your lighting options during the design phase of your Perth alfresco.

In the interests of creating a cosy and relaxing space, avoid going for overly bright, harsh lights that you might use in your main home. Dimmable LED lights are an excellent choice if you need good illumination in certain areas (such as an outdoor kitchen), while wall lighting is ideal for producing warm and welcoming tones – perfect for entertaining guests or relaxing after dinner. One or two well positioned spotlights can be used effectively to create drama and bring attention to notable features in your garden.

5. Keep Your Outdoor Kitchen Functional

Outdoor kitchens are becoming increasingly popular in Perth, and it’s easy to see why. Few things compare to cooking up a meal for the family in a casual outdoor space that has all the modern conveniences of a fully equipped indoor kitchen.

However, it is important that you keep your alfresco kitchen as practical as possible. This means including adequate bench space for preparing meals, using materials that are easy to clean and maintain, and positioning your outdoor kitchen so that it’s within easy access to the house. You’ll also need to think about whether your outdoor kitchen needs to be able to power appliances.

6. Include a Variety of Seating Options

If space is at a premium, you may not have the luxury of getting creative with your seating, but if size permits we highly recommend including a variety of seating options in your patio space. Why? Simply put, it’s nice to have options.

Chairs at a dining table are great if you’re sitting down to dinner or entertaining guests, while an outdoor lounger is sublime if you’re looking for something to sprawl out and relax in. Built-in benches that double as storage or railings are a great choice if you want to make more efficient use of the space.

7. Maintain Your Privacy

Just because you’re extending your home outdoors doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your privacy. The position of your build will probably have the biggest impact on your privacy, but you can further shelter your alfresco with trees, plants, and tasteful timber screens. Try to find the balance that allows you to attain a sense of privacy without feeling like you’re boxing yourself in from the outside world.

If you’re thinking about building an outdoor space, we’d love to hear from you. As one of the leading alfresco builders in Perth, we have extensive experience in building beautiful patios and can provide you with the expertise and friendly support you need to create a truly fantastic outdoor area. Get in touch with us today for a no-obligation chat about your project and find out more about your options.

In a part of the world where the summers are warm and dry, and the winters are often very mild, outdoor living is, not surprisingly, a big part of the local lifestyle. In fact, many Perth homeowners place as much importance on the outside areas of their properties as they do on the inside areas, so the simple answer to the question in the title of this article is yes, an attractive outdoor area can indeed add real value to a home in Western Australia’s capital city. However, exactly how much value you are likely to add by developing an attractive outdoor area on your property will depend on the features you include in your plans and how well the whole project is executed.

Ensuring Your New Outdoor Area Adds Real Value to Your Property

To make sure that you get a good return on your investment when developing an outdoor area around your home, bear the following recommendations in mind:

 

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  • Professional Plans Are Essential – Whatever features you decide to include in your outdoor area, you will need an outdoor building specialist such as ourselves to produce accurate plans if you wish to ensure the finished result is everything you dreamed it would be, with an overall theme that ties each individual element together beautifully. At Platinum Outdoors, we have a great deal of experience planning and executing outdoor home improvement projects and are aware of all the factors that need to be included at the planning stage.
  • Central Entertainment/Relaxation Space – Whether you go for timber decking, a natural stone patio or a custom-designed, covered alfresco living area, your new outdoor area should include a central space with seating and tables, where you can relax and enjoy the fine weather on summer evenings and long weekends. The ideal dimensions for this space will depend on how much land you have available for your project and whether you would like to use your new space purely for family relaxation or for holding lavish parties as well.
  • Sympathetic Landscaping – To make sure that the outdoor area complements the rest of your home and is practical too, it will need to be professionally landscaped by a team of experts with many years of experience working on residential properties. Perimeter landscaping that both improves the appearance of your outdoor space and the security of your home is just one example of how a professional team can ensure your new area adds real value to your home.
  • Council Permits – If you would like to avoid the possibility of having to tear down your alfresco living space or timber decking shortly after it has been completed, you should hire a company that can take care of any permits you may require, before the building work commences.

 

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If you wish to maximise potential ROI and ensure that your new outdoor area enables you and your family to enjoy the fine weather to the full during the summer months, call Platinum Outdoors today to discuss your requirements in detail.