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Stunning alfrescos, patios and decks at affordable prices

Are you building a deck or outdoor living space out of timber for your home? In any situation where you are working with timber it is important that you follow the appropriate safety tips.

Sipping a glass of wine while you watch the sun go down, barbequing burgers on a hot summer afternoon, drinking your morning coffee while listening to the birds singing – having an alfresco seating area in your home can bring you a lot of wonderful little pleasures. Whether you have a deck, a patio or a back garden, it’s great to have a place to sit and enjoy the outdoors alone or with friends.

When it comes to decorating your alfresco space, think outside the box with fun and creative ideas to create a design that is unique to you. Here is a little modern inspiration:

Funky Illuminations

When it comes to home improvement, it’s vital that you choose the right design, the right materials and the right team to have behind you. Whether you’re building a patio, an alfresco, a carport or decking, getting it right first time is an absolute must.

In days gone by, flat or multi wall polycarbonate roof sheeting was something you’d see in commercial areas, but perhaps not so much in residential areas. You may have seen it used to form an atrium or a covered walkway, or as a roof on an outdoor terrace at a café or restaurant.

Due to the higher price of the sheeting, it was quiet unusual to see it being used in residential areas. However, as people noticed it more in commercial areas, demand began to grow. They wanted that same filtered light effect in their alfrescos and in their patios.

As demand grew, the price of the sheeting fell, making it much more affordable for people to use in their own home projects. All that has led to a huge expansion in the market, where polycarbonate sheeting is now extremely popular for alfresco areas, due to its look, its capabilities, and its price.

When it comes to designing a patio or alfresco, getting the right balance between the amount of light you have and the amount of heat you reflect is essential. You want your alfresco to be well-lit and airy, but not too hot. You want to let in enough sunlight – but not too much! If you want to achieve the perfect balance, there are certain factors to take into consideration.

Direction

The direction your alfresco faces will usually determine the amount of heat you want to reflect and the amount of light you want to let in. South and east facing alfrescos can often lack light, while north and west facing alfrescos are usually flooded with it. For the same reason, north and west facing alfrescos usually need to be able to reflect more heat as well.

If you have a south or east facing alfresco, you probably want to make the most of the light you have. That can involve choosing light stone or pavers for the alfresco flooring, and white ceilings to reflect as much light into the alfresco as possible. This should make it seem lighter, brighter and airier.