The outdoor entertaining room

Whether you call it an alfresco area, a terrazzo or just a verandah, that structured outdoor space where you can relax and entertain is becoming increasingly important to the re-sale value of your home.

From its beginnings as a grassed area with a wooden table, chairs and a large umbrella, outdoor living has evolved to a high level of sophistication and can include a complete outdoor kitchen, plumbed barbeque and bar fridge, retractable roof, retractable blinds and ceiling fans.

It's said that one in two Australian homeowners use their outdoor space for entertaining. Here we have outlined some things to consider in your outdoor entertaining space:

Heating & Cooling

Portable gas heaters (or even a built-in fireplace) and fire pits have made it possible to enjoy the outdoors all year round and this has made it easier to justify spending money on making this outdoor room spectacular. Outdoor fans are a great idea for the warmer months in undercover outdoor areas.

Lighting

Illuminate pathways and steps, decking, gardens, and pergolas, and to highlight the home’s architectural features.

Comfort factor

Outdoor lounge and dining furniture are common additions to a renovated outdoor room, make sure there's enough seating for your family and guests. It’s worthwhile investing in comfortable, weatherproof furniture and spending time finding large pots that can be used as containers for ornamental plants while doubling as decorator pieces.

Building Materials & Structure

Materials such as timber, stone and cane work well in these outdoor spaces, withstanding the elements and providing a hint of a tropical holiday. Include shelter in your outdoor area for varying weather, ensuring there are options for shade in the summer months. Enclosing an outdoor balcony with bi-fold or sliding stacking doors means your outdoor area can be used in a variety of weather conditions. Screen the area with fences, foliage or panels where needed to give your outdoor area extra privacy.