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Summer means more daylight hours to enjoy, endless fresh fruit on platters, and long conversations that go well into the night. But everyone knows the secret to a great summer party is the beautiful alfresco space you have to celebrate in, with family and friends.

When you’re building your new dream home, you want to be sure that you’ve maximised its value. If you’re particularly social and love the idea of inviting family and friends over to your house to entertain, then you should consider an alfresco. It’s one of the easiest ways to create the atmosphere you want and keep the festivities going. 

To ensure that your alfresco comes together to create the perfect space for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How often will I use this space?
  • What will I use this space for? E.g. Entertaining guests or relaxing by myself?
  • Do I want to use this space in both winter and summer?
  • Where will I need shade on hot days?
  • Will I need an undercover canvas in case of rain?

With these answers in mind, you may be better equipped to determine which alfresco design you want for your space when you build your new home. We share the most common alfresco areas below.


An arbour is a simple way to add something structural to your backyard. They can be arched or square-cornered, depending on the dimensions of your space. Often, they are used to help create an entry or exit point in combination with the pathways in your backyard and may not necessarily be attached to your home. You may wish to cover it with climbing plants for a beautiful burst of greenery and florals that will bloom throughout the year.


A verandah on your property will surely add value to your home. Functional and usable, a verandah will provide extra outdoor space. Commonly placed at the rear of the home, you can also build it at the front or the side. They are designed to provide you with shelter or can be used as a sun trap as well as being the perfect spot to place a small table and chairs, or bench seat.

Patio cover

Simple yet functional, a patio cover is a structure that is attached to your home. It has a solid roof, with sides that can be completely open to the elements or have one wall that is enclosed. They are built to provide partial coverage and are a good option for including an outdoor space that’s covered.


A freestanding gazebo can help create a welcoming atmosphere in your garden. There are a wealth of gazebo ideas that can be built in a variety of sizes, shapes and designs. For example, they may be hexagonal, round or square, with a pitched roof or a more flat style. Offering protection from the sun and rain, you can add built-in benches or a porch swing as an extra architectural feature.

Attached Alfresco Space

Many Hotondo Homes designs come with a covered alfresco space that’s perfect for creating the ideal blend of indoor/outdoor living. You can work with your builder to design a space that suits your lifestyle and add things like an outdoor barbecue with a rangehood, a sink and bar fridge area, storage space, and plenty of room for comfortable seating. If your chosen home design doesn’t include an alfresco, your builder will happily work with you to modify the design to include an alfresco you and your family will be able to enjoy year-round.

Start your journey today

If you love the idea of entertaining guests outdoors at your home whenever the temperature rises, discuss your goals with Hotondo Homes. With over 95 home designs to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice. Our professionals will be able to go through all standard inclusions as well as any additional extras you’d like to help you make the most out of your dream home. Talk to us today on 1800 677 156 or book your appointment.


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