It’s all too easy to overlook wood and what it can do for the outside of your home, rather than in terms of furniture like dining tables and chairs that you’ll normally find on the inside.

We have a tendency to disregard it in favour of steel, stone and concrete because they are recognised as long-lasting, and better able to withstand the seasons. But as long as it’s treated with agents to keep it from rotting in the elements and all they have to throw at it, wood can be just as good for improving the outdoor aesthetic of your home as much as it does on the inside. It can help add a whole new dimension to how you view your outdoor spaces.

There’s lots in Perth that can be done with one of nature’s most durable, natural wonders, such as:

  • Decking
  • Car ports
  • Patios

As long as you hire a forward-thinking builder and designer to work on whichever project you decide to undertake, you shouldn’t have too much trouble in transforming some of your outdoor living spaces with timber.

But to start with, let’s take the same principle of the family gathering to eat in one place, but transporting the meal from being eaten inside the house to it being eaten in the garden instead…

Alfresco patios in Perth

When ‘Neighbours’ became a British phenomenon in the late 1980s, one of the things that they found so fascinating about people in the Northern hemisphere was the attitude people have towards eating outside. This was always going to be the case; it’s much easier to do it in fictional Erinsborough where the sun is always shining rather than real-life Manchester where it always rains!

Our ways of outdoor living on our outdoor patios are key to our country’s belief in having a good time, so you’ll want the setting to be right.

Get the right alfresco builders in Perth to do the job and you’ll have a fantastic space in which to entertain friends and family for years to come. There are cedar-lined patios and other timber patios to choose from, or you can make it all about you by designing your own custom patio.

Express yourself and your aesthetic creativity freely with a design that matches the elegant class of the rest of your home, and with that extension to your living space you’ll enjoy the benefits that come with it. It can have play as much, or as little a part in your home life as you choose.

Awnings will all keep you safely in the shade when the sun roars at its hottest – just think of how jealous they’d be in soggy old Britain!

Timber carports

Despite our love of all things outdoors, there are of course times when the weather turns and you need to protect things that can’t be taken into the house. Your car, for instance.

A timber carport in Perth could be just what you need to guard your motor from a thunderstorm when the rainy season hits, or from the unforgiving sun in the summer. It’s not as enclosed as a garage which allows for a certain degree of ventilation, but it acts as a vital first line of defence from whatever might fall – or shine – through the sky.

These strong and stable structures keep your windows and windscreens clear from the might of Mother Nature, and in colder climates unlike our milder winters, they even keep frost off windscreens. A simple carport can therefore be a vital tool in keeping your car on the road.

Alfresco decking

Like a patio, alfresco decking in Perth is the ideal place to put a table and some chairs and to entertain large groups of friends or your family, or to surround your swimming pool to give it the appearance of a cool, classy holiday resort.

It gets its name, not unnaturally, from looking like the deck of a ship. It’s kind to bare feet, unlike the concrete of a patio, and it extends your house’s living area outside beautifully. Imagine if you have French doors opening onto a beautifully-decked area. It would be like a whole extension to the room!

There’s also the opportunity to think fourth-dimensionally about decking. It doesn’t just have to extend from the inside of your home to the outside by way of your garden. If you have a door that leads onto a roof terrace or balcony, why not lay decking there too? ‘Up on the roof’ could be your sanctuary or cocoon away from the world.

And that’s another plus point about timber decking – it needn’t be all about being the life and soul of the party. Instead of being the host with the most, why not put a sun lounger on it, wherever you choose to position the timber, and take in the rays with a book or your music player?

What’s it to be?

Now that you’ve had a chance to see what you can do to transform your outdoor areas using wood, why not use the Platinum Outdoors website to formulate a plan?

The possibilities there are certainly very tempting if you seek to add value to your home with a wood-based feature that makes outdoor living in Perth a pleasure. Potential buyers will always note these stand out features and it boosts the perceived value of your home.

You have an opportunity to make your home more popular when the time comes to sell it – and all though making the outdoors that elusive extra room that doesn’t cost as much as an extension made from bricks and mortar. The transformation to the feeling of your entire home following such a simple piece of renovation work will be a revelation.

For more information, contact Platinum Homes

We’d be delighted chat with you about using wood in your outdoor building project.  You can get in touch by phone on 0402 144 093 or email kyle@platinumoutdoors.com.au

Being outside not only makes us feel better, it has a number of health benefits, but sadly outside of the summer months we don’t always spend enough time in our gardens. Many of us spend a lot of time making our garden look great, and then it gets ignored for most of the year while we sit inside. However, there are ways that you can turn the garden into an additional living space, so it feels more like part of the house. By consulting with alfresco builders in Perth, you’ll find there are many ways you can enjoy the outdoors all year round, from building shelters to patio heaters. Here’s how you can create additional living space in your garden.

Create zones

Creating a zone in your garden for relaxing or dining will help you make the most of the space. Many of us have areas of the garden that aren’t used, or are cluttered with junk, so clearing some space that you earmark as a living zone will help you make a plan. If you get stuck, it’s worth speaking to alfresco builders in Perth who’ll be able to help you come up with a design. Outdoor living areas often work best if they’re attached to the house, as this means a better flow into the garden.

Decide on your features

Have a think about how you’d like to use your garden, and what would work with the space. Some features you could consider include:

  • An outdoor kitchen
  • Built-in gas BBQ or pizza oven
  • A sheltered area
  • Decking or a patio
  • An outdoor lounge
  • An outdoor dining space
  • A pool area

What can be achieved will depend on your budget and the amount of space available, but there are always options. Look for style inspiration such as alfresco patios in Perth, and see what your neighbours have done with their space to help you decide what to choose.

Think practically

While it’s easy to think about designing an alfresco space in summer when it’s lovely and sunny, it’s important to think about how things will hold up in winter. While winters in Perth and Western Australia are usually mild, there can certainly be frosty points, and the rainy season can also put a stop to going alfresco in Perth. However, by adding shelter from the rain, and maybe accessories such as a heater, you can enjoy the outdoors for most of the year. If you’re planning to have furniture in uncovered areas, make sure it’s suitable for outdoor use, and that you have somewhere to store it during the wettest time of year.

Outdoor living areas

From sunbathing to reading a book, there’s lots you can do in an outdoor living area. One of the easiest ways to enjoy the outdoors, it can be as simple as adding decking in Perth to your home. If you have French doors that open onto your decking or patio, it’ll feel like an extension of your living room. However, you’ll probably want some sort of shelter, as sitting directly in the sun can be uncomfortable. Adding an awning or permanent gazebo is a great solution to make it feel more like a living space. You can even add a ceiling fan to cool you down on the hottest days of the year.

Outdoor kitchens

Another popular style is the outdoor kitchen, which is great not only for those who like to BBQ, but also those who regularly entertain. The great thing about outdoor living in Perth is that you have so much more space. It’s easy to organise a get-together, and an outdoor kitchen can have a built-in BBQ, worktops, storage, fridges, and much more, essentially giving you a second kitchen. Because the area is sheltered, it means you can have a BBQ all-year round too, whether it’s baking hot or raining, and you don’t have to worry about sudden gusts of wind.

Alfresco dining

Meals are much more fun when you can enjoy the outdoors. If you don’t spend enough time in your garden, then creating an alfresco dining area helps you get more fresh air.  How open the space is depends on you. Some people add timber patios in Perth in a shady spot, and then simply add a few features such as garden furniture to create a dining space. Others prefer to have a more permanent shelter, which means they can enjoy the space more often and don’t have to worry about changing weather.

An alfresco dining space can be attached to an outdoor kitchen, and features such as patio heaters can be added to keep it comfortable even on chilly nights. Adding some basics such as outdoor lighting also makes it easier to use the space, and you can have the space designed in a style to suit you.

Outdoor furniture

The finishing touch should be your outdoor furniture. It’s important that you choose items that are hardwearing, and have weather-resistant finishes. It’s worth spending a little more on items such as garden tables which will be used for many years. You can even get outdoor soft furnishings to use on your patio in Perth, usually made of water-resistant material, which can be removed from the furniture when there’s a downpour.  From reclining chairs to outdoor sofas, there are lots of style options available.

If you want more space to relax and entertain, consider transforming your outdoor space. With 300 sunny days a year, outdoor living in Perth will help you make the most of your garden. No longer just a place for the kids to play and plants to grow, alfresco living turns your garden into part of your home. Whether it’s enjoying a family dinner, or lounging and enjoying a few drinks with friends, there are many ways that your garden can be enjoyed all year round. From a simple patio, to a full shelter, there are options to suit every budget and even small gardens can be transformed.

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:

 

Patio and Carport with decking built by Platinum Outdoors

 

  • 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.