Alfresco Living

Australians love the outdoors. With an alfresco area, verandah, porch or balcony we can comfortably enjoy the outdoors. I hope these outdoor living areas inspire you to create beautiful places to live.
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Creating zones with different looks and functions gives character to alfresco areas. The contrasting textures of pebbles, timber and stone adds another dimension to this space.

Creating zones with different looks and functions gives character to alfresco areas. The contrasting textures of pebbles, timber and stone adds another dimension to this space.

I love the raised roof on this alfresco which enables a view to the sky above. The landscaping provides trees to disguise the wall and mirrors to enlarge the space. The bench seat and retaining wall soften the line of the boundary wall and provide a lovely focal point.  Photo credit- Liz Prater Design

I love the raised roof on this alfresco which enables a view to the sky above. The landscaping provides trees to disguise the wall and mirrors to enlarge the space. The bench seat and retaining wall soften the line of the boundary wall and provide a lovely focal point. Photo credit- Liz Prater Design

Outdoor rooms can be created in a gazebo or re-purposed undercover area.

Outdoor rooms can be created in a gazebo or re-purposed undercover area.

Photo credit- bloglovin.com A very pretty garden setting only needs simple cane chairs and an iron table with cushions.

Photo credit- bloglovin.com A very pretty garden setting only needs simple cane chairs and an iron table with cushions.

This contemporary pergola provides shade and shelter whilst appearing light and open. Photo credit: iqglassuk.com

This contemporary pergola provides shade and shelter whilst appearing light and open. Photo credit: iqglassuk.com

This Moroccan inspired alfresco area is charming and simple to achieve. Ambience is achieved with lighting, exotic patterns and gold accents.  Photo credit- Shannon Ggem ASID

This Moroccan inspired alfresco area is charming and simple to achieve. Ambience is achieved with lighting, exotic patterns and gold accents. Photo credit- Shannon Ggem ASID

Even the smallest of undercover spaces have room for a table and seating. Try creating a cluster of pots in an open space to break up a large uncovered area like this one, instead of against the wall. Many plants can cope with full sun and harsh weather conditions.

Even the smallest of undercover spaces have room for a table and seating. Try creating a cluster of pots in an open space to break up a large uncovered area like this one, instead of against the wall. Many plants can cope with full sun and harsh weather conditions.

Adjoining indoor and outdoor rooms by adding a bi-fold window is a great way to serve and eat food and drinks outside. Colourful stools make a decorative feature and maintain a simple coastal style.  Photo credit: pinterest.com

Adjoining indoor and outdoor rooms by adding a bi-fold window is a great way to serve and eat food and drinks outside. Colourful stools make a decorative feature and maintain a simple coastal style. Photo credit: pinterest.com


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Outdoor rooms can be created in a gazebo or re-purposed undercover area.

Outdoor rooms can be created in a gazebo or re-purposed undercover area.

A dramatic black and white setting and rug add elegance to this charming and simple courtyard.  Photo credit- Scot Meacham Wood Design

A dramatic black and white setting and rug add elegance to this charming and simple courtyard. Photo credit- Scot Meacham Wood Design

Cut out metal design screening is a strong feature in this alfresco. The grey contrasts well against the warmth of brown, orange and yellow. Photo credit- Point 2 Design

Cut out metal design screening is a strong feature in this alfresco. The grey contrasts well against the warmth of brown, orange and yellow. Photo credit- Point 2 Design

Even the smallest of undercover spaces have room for a table and seating. Try creating a cluster of pots in an open space to break up a large uncovered area like this one, instead of against the wall. Many plants can cope with full sun and harsh weather conditions.

Even the smallest of undercover spaces have room for a table and seating. Try creating a cluster of pots in an open space to break up a large uncovered area like this one, instead of against the wall. Many plants can cope with full sun and harsh weather conditions.

Ozone Residence by Swell Homes.  Nice modern furniture with clean lines sets the feel of this contemporary living room.  Beautiful!

Ozone Residence by Swell Homes. Nice modern furniture with clean lines sets the feel of this contemporary living room. Beautiful!

Plan for older kids. It can challenging to lure older children and teens outdoors, but gardens can offer teens a fun place in which to relax...

Plan for older kids. It can challenging to lure older children and teens outdoors, but gardens can offer teens a fun place in which to relax...

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