How to Create the Ultimate Entertaining Area


If you want to make the most of a good Aussie summer, a fully decked out entertaining area is a must. So what are the elements of a perfect outdoor space? We’ve broken it down step by step so you can create a sanctuary that your family and friends will enjoy for years to come.


A Super Space

The first thing to consider is the layout of your space. Plan it all out. How do you intend to use your entertaining area? Will you be barbequing every weekend for the whole street, or do you need to optimise the setup for endless pool parties? Think about the physical components of your outdoor space, such as the floor and the roof, and ensure they match up to its intended purpose.

Also keep the size of your space in mind. If you have a lot of room to work with, you may want to zone it out into separate areas for lounging, dining, or an activity.


An Engaging Environment

Once you’ve got the layout right, you can address the factors that will make your space more comfortable. Think about:

•  The temperature

•  Air flow

•  Noise levels

•  Privacy from neighbours or passers-by

•  Whether the space is weather-proof.

Is your patio or deck quite open and exposed? Does it get exceptionally hot in the peak of summer or cold in the middle of winter? Can neighbours see straight into your sitting area? If your environment leaves a bit to be desired, consider adding physical features like weather screens, an enclosure or insulated roofing to keep your entertaining area cool, comfortable and pleasant all year round.


Functional Furniture

Furniture is critical to creating a perfect outdoor entertaining area. No one wants to sit on cold metal chairs for hours while trying to enjoy a cool drink! Investing in quality outdoor furniture will make your space comfy and inviting, so your guests will love hanging out and relaxing.

Identify what you need. Do you use a dining table regularly? Or will a lounge setting with a coffee table suffice? Don’t feel pressured into getting both a lounge setting and a dining setting because that’s what everyone does – choose furniture that reflects how you want to use your outdoor space.


Creative Cooking

The ultimate entertaining area always features great furniture, but a kitchen or kitchenette can take your space to the next level. Being able to prepare meals and store drinks close by gives you the ability to play host without sacrificing the social aspect of having friends and family together. Essentials are a barbeque (or a cooktop if you prefer not to barbeque), a bar fridge and a drawer for your utensils.


Deliberate Décor

These are the final touches. Choosing décor gives you the chance to really make your space your own – think greenery, decorations, or a clock. Whether you’re working to a colour scheme, a theme, or just picking bits and pieces for an eclectic mix and match style, selecting your décor carefully will ensure a cohesive look.

When it comes to your entertaining area, it pays to plan. So remember:

•  Consider your physical space

•  Think about your environment

•  Aim for practical and comfortable furniture

•  Consider installing an outdoor kitchen if possible

•  Decorate your area to suit the space.

Does your outdoor area need some improvement? Altec has got you covered for all your home extension needs. Get in touch with our friendly team today.


How To Make Your Indoor and Outdoor Spaces Work Together


Do your indoor and outdoor living spaces work in harmony? Can you just walk from one to the other and feel like you never left the room? Making your home flow can be tricky, but if done well, you can double your living space and create an inviting and functional entertaining area.


Open a wall

If possible, design your home to have a large opening between your indoor living room and your outdoor area. Like walls, any barriers are an obvious physical separation that contribute to limiting your space and dividing people into one or the other. Consider large accordion or pocket doors to really blur the lines between inside and outside.


Continuity in flooring

Tiles inside but wood outside can really make the step from one to the other obvious. For a space that flows, create continuity in your flooring materials. If you don’t want them to look exactly the same, try to find some common ground (no pun intended) by matching just the material or the colour.

Also think about levels – a step up or down into an area is another clear demarcation that can detract from the unity of a space.


Make your ceilings flow

While not quite as important as your floors, ceilings with a similar design are still a great way to achieve a cohesive look through your entertaining areas. If you haven’t yet covered your patio or deck, now is the time. While some uncovered outdoor space is nice, quality roofing is a must when it comes to maximising an alfresco area – it can mean the difference between enjoying a party no matter the weather and cancelling because your living room is too small to fit everyone.


Dress up your décor

Got a beautiful nature theme going on in your outdoor living space? Bring that inside with some beautiful pot plants or a bamboo feature wall. Whatever your décor, plan your space as one big room when you purchase the accessories and you will end up with a seamless look.

Got the look already? Make sure your space is party-ready all year round with our article on patio maintenance essentials.


Choosing The Right Patio Roofing Material


Are you looking into building a new patio or covering an existing outdoor structure? You’ve probably spent a lot of time focusing on the design elements and how to make the transition between old and new look completely seamless. If you haven’t really considered roofing materials though, you’re doing your home – and yourself – a disservice.

So why do patio roofing materials matter so much?



Just like any other part of your home, the materials used in the construction of a roof can greatly affect its durability and hardiness. Opting for sub-par products may mean you end up with a roof that can’t withstand the unpredictable Queensland weather, or that deteriorates significantly due to constant exposure to harsh sunlight.



The materials you use will be evident in the final product. Choosing the right materials can dictate whether you end up with something that looks a little like an old tin shed, or a design that flows beautifully from your home to create a seamless extension of your living space.


Outdoor environment

This is definitely one of the biggest factors to keep in mind when choosing the materials for the roof of your patio. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outdoors during the summer months, you’ll want it to be cool and relaxing. This means taking factors like heat transfer and air flow into consideration.


We recommend

More than 40 years of building custom patios means we have a lot of experience in choosing the right roofing materials. We recommend installing either composite/insulated roofing or heat deflective roofing – these options offer a durable roof that looks incredible alongside most homes, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor area to the fullest.

If you want to know the full specs for each type of roofing material we use, just get in touch! Our friendly team of experts is ready to answer all your questions.



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