A well-thought out Perth alfresco can function as both an extension of your home as well as a quick getaway. Especially with the wonderful outdoors and weather that Perth homeowners have at our disposal, you’d be hard-pressed not to have an alfresco of your own. Choosing to have a patio built is quite different from being able to maximize it, however. Here are some tips to maximizing your very own outdoor room:

The first thing you need to figure out about your patio is what you intend to do with it. Will you mainly be using it to entertain guests? Are you pegging it as a place for you to unwind and get away from your daily hustle and bustle? Do you want to be able to cook and host barbies from your patio itself? Being able to really maximize your outdoor room relies on this single decision from you even before you set out on having a patio built. While the multifunctional aspect of it is something you should consider initially, the primary function is your main concern.

Having a Perth al fresco also has a lot to do with how the sun falls across your backyard. If you’ve been living in the same property for years now, chances are you already know where the sun blankets your home with light and warmth. This plays a huge factor in getting the most out of your patio, so keep that in consideration when building, especially with how you’ll want to shade off some spaces, as well as how sunlight and prevailing weather might best be harnessed or repelled.

WIth your primary patio function established, you want to consider how your outdoor room might pull double-duty. Look into furniture and accessories that you can easily set-up when needed, and taken down and stored when not required. A grill, for example, can be the real star of a summer barbie, but may not be perpetually necessary on your patio. Lightweight lounge chairs are also great for basking in the sun, and can easily be stored away.

Some of the best alfresco designs Perth homeowners inquire about make great use of their home’s surrounding flora. The whole point of building an outdoor room is to incorporate nature into your home (or incorporate your home into nature) anyway, so making use of nature for your patio design should be a given.

Consider landscaping as an option along your patio building project, but if you’re a bit strapped for cash, placing various nature elements around your outdoor room will work too. Planters, potted plants, a fish tank or so - these all work well for adding a touch of nature to your patio.