Living and entertaining outdoors is a huge part of life in Australia, so much so that sometimes the distinction between indoors and outdoors living can get blurred. It is worth doing your research to ensure the design for your outdoor area is perfect, a good layout will mean that you gain extra living space that is flexible and comfortable. The following tips will help you to achieve your dream outdoor entertaining space:
Getting the layout of your home right is important, and when it comes to indoor/outdoor living you need to ensure everything flows. Consider which room in your home the outdoor area will connect to, and try to keep the same colours or decorating style for both. It is also a good idea to make sure that there is plenty of space to move around any furniture, and that the outdoor area is easily accessible from inside.
Although it may not seem like a big detail, which doors you choose can make or break the whole layout. Sliding doors are one option, they let in plenty of sunlight which gives your home a more light
and spacious look and feel. To really open up the space consider adding an extra sliding door panel, or even opting for bifold doors.
Size and purpose-
Before you do anything, you need to decide exactly what you want your outdoor area to be used for. Do you and your family spend a lot of time outside or are you more of an indoor person/family? You will also need to work out how big you want your alfresco to be, this will obviously depend on how much space you have available too. Consider the proportion of your alfresco compared to the home’s overall footprint.
The lighting in your outdoor area needs to be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing, and there are so many options to choose from. Whether you want flush ceiling mounted lights or pendants, downlights, or even a recessed LED lighting trough, make sure you do your research before making your final decision. The right lighting will add to the overall ambience of the area and will mean you have use of the space at night.
There are so many extras you can add that will really give your outdoor living area that wow factor. If you spend a lot of time outside in the summer months, you may want a ceiling fan in your alfresco to help cool the space down. You may also want to consider looking into outdoor blinds, they can not only help to keep mosquitoes at bay but are good for keeping rain and wind out during the colder months.
Designing your outdoor living area is exciting, think about your lifestyle and write down exactly what you want from your alfresco, then enjoy watching your vision come to life.