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Alfresco areas and outdoor living spaces have grown incredibly popular throughout Australia over the last ten years.

Today these areas aren’t just a table and barbeque outside; they’re true extensions of your indoor living and dining rooms.

Not only can they add immense value to your home, but a stylish alfresco area can really enhance your enjoyment in your home. Why? Because it gives you the ideal place to dine, entertain friends and family or simply relax, whatever the season.

An outdoor alfresco also provides a beautiful focal point in and outside the home; all year round.

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DESIGN & LOCATION

The design of your outdoor alfresco area should seamlessly integrate in with your home’s indoor dining and living space. It should also complement your landscaping and the design of your home.

In order to optimise your outdoor alfresco area ensure it is usable all year round and can protect you from harsh wind, rain and sunlight.

If your home has a pool or spa, this will also determine the best location and design of your alfresco area.

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COOKING

A barbeque, a wood fired pizza oven or a complete outdoor kitchen are all great options for cooking in your alfresco area.

Think about your lifestyle when choosing which one will best suit. Will both adults and children use the space? Will you be hosting dinner parties and large get-togethers?

If you love to entertain often, a complete outdoor kitchen might be the best option for you and your family.

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HEATING & COOLING

To create warmth in winter consider having an open fire in your outdoor alfresco area. This can also be a fun way to entertain guests while toasting marshmallows.

You could also install ceiling fans for the warmer months.

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FURNITURE

Outdoor furniture will be a big part of your alfresco area. Not only will it need to be comfortable but it will need to fit in with the surroundings and theme of your home. Choose furniture that’s durable and weather proof.

Contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here to talk about building your dream alfresco area.

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