Spring is the perfect time to reassess your outdoor entertaining space.

Whether you are planning on starting again or simply refreshing the space, here are the design elements to include in your alfresco zone.

1. Decking

A deck creates the perfect outdoor zone and there are now more options than ever.

Gone are the days of timber-only decking. If you’’re looking for a cheaper alternative there’’s mod-wood which is made from recycled plastic, but the more durable option is HardieDeck which is made from fibre cement boards.

Sometimes a large deck can be quite costly and, if over 25 sqm, it may need council approval, so well-laid pavers are another smart substitute.

2. Fire pit –

A well-designed fire pit can be a clever idea for entertaining in the colder months and in the warmer months.

In summer, replace the log burner with a table and umbrella to transform the area into a sunken lounge.

3. Pergola with screens –

Creating an outside room is easier than you think. It doesn’’t have to be a full extension to the house – a well-placed pergola with screens creates the impression of an outdoor room.

Consider growing a creeper vine like Star Jasmine over the top of the pergola to create a roof covering.

4. An outdoor servery–

Add a relaxed vibe to an alfresco space with a servery.

Look for an opportunity to build the bench (30-50cm deep) on the outside of a window to create a practical and fun connection between outdoor and indoor spaces For busy mums it’’s a great way to feed hungry kids in the afternoon without interrupting their outside play time.

For other occasions, just add an ice bucket, drinks and glassware to use the space as an alfresco bar.

5. Soft furnishings

Soft furnishings like pillows, throws and rugs can add much-needed colour and texture. These personal touches also help create a welcoming space for visitors.

Just make sure you choose things suitable for the outdoors and don’’t leave these items sitting out in the rain for days.

6. Paving paint –

It’s amazing how tired looking concrete can be transformed with a few coats of paving paint. It i’s a quick and cost effective technique, and you can have it tinted to any colour you want.

Use it around pools, out the back, on old porches and driveways for the most dramatic results.

7. Greenery –

Adding some pot plants or climbers to your alfresco area is a must. These green beauties stimulate the senses and bring colour, texture and even fragrance into the space.

Don’’t be afraid to combine some real plants with fake ones.

 

Source: realestate.com.au

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