Creating the Perfect Alfresco Area for Warmer Weather

With winter behind us and warmer days on the horizon, we’re planning on spending as much time as we possibly can outdoors. Summer is an invitation to stretch sun-kissed days out for as long as possible – whether that’s by having barbecues, entertaining friends or simply lounging on the deck with a good book and a glass of wine after the kids are in bed.

Investing in the design of your outdoor space as much as your indoor space means you can enjoy alfresco life to the fullest, at any time of year.

The perfect garden space isn’t a case of one size fits all. It’s important to take into consideration the unique elements of your property to get the most out of your outdoor area.

Read on to discover the key factors to take into account when designing yours.



When designing your outdoor space, choose the optimal layout to incorporate as much sunlight as possible. Be mindful of overshadowing trees creating darkness or blocking the views. You might also like to allow for shady spaces to give yourself the option of respite from the heat in high summer. Pergolas, outdoor blinds or even carefully placed tree canopies can create much-needed cover, meaning you can enjoy your outdoor space all through the day with no need to duck back inside when the temperature peaks.



Just like you would the inside of the house, give careful thought to how you can make the layout work best for your lifestyle. How does the design flow from the main property? Do you want to be able to walk easily from the kitchen to the outdoor dining space? You might also like to create relaxation zones away from the action or a dedicated kids’ area.



Optimise the views from your garden by creating seating and entertaining areas that face greenery or the landscape beyond. You could even create elevated areas to enhance the best lookout points. Improve areas without a view by adding lush tropical greenery, vertical gardens, sculptures, or other features, to ensure you can enjoy a pleasing outlook from every angle of the garden.


The Seasons

Although you may be planning your space for the summer, by thinking ahead in the initial design stages you can make the space work for you all year round. An outdoor fireplace or fire pit is the perfect cosy spot on cooler days and nights. Walls, blinds or screens can block chilly winds, so you can spend more time outside enjoying a family barbecue or dinner with friends. If your garden is susceptible to winds, take this into account when planning the positioning of your seating areas.


To discuss your dream garden design, give our friendly team a call on 03 9735 3100.