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.


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