9 Tips to Transform Your Garden Into a Beautiful Alfresco Dining Space
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9 Tips to Transform Your Garden Into a Beautiful Alfresco Dining Space

Summer is quickly approaching, and with the weather warming up, perhaps it’s time to take the cover off the pool, sweep your patio and get ready to make the most of your outdoors.
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08.11.2021

Perhaps the best thing about the balmy summer months is entertaining. With afternoon lunches that turn in the early evening drinks and a late-night soiree, summer barbeques epitomise relaxed Australian living. 

1) Firepit for year-round fun

The ultimate party-starter, a firepit is a great way to ensure that you can host even on the cooler summer evenings. A great place to inspire gatherings, evenings spent around a firepit are always memorable. If your outdoor area has the space, consider installing a fire-pit. They can be embedded in decking or stand-alone, but either way, they’re a great addition to a relaxed alfresco dining experience.

9 Tips to Transform Your Garden Into a Beautiful Alfresco Dining Space

2) Install an Undercover Patio 

An undercover patio will allow you to stay dry amidst the crazy summer storms, and not put a dampener on your summer soirees. If your home has an undercover patio, it’s the perfect space to set up an alfresco dining suite and barbeque.  

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3) Consider Breeze blocks 

If you’re looking to create a cool alfresco dining space that maximises Australia’s beautiful breeze whilst offering a dappling of protection from the sun, why not consider installing Breeze Blocks? As well as creating a welcome reprieve from harsh sunlight, Breeze Blocks are the go-to for those wanting to create a subtle outdoor feature without requiring a large-scale renovation. If you’re a fan of 1970s architectural styling, you can use this masonry feature to create a nod to the era, with an umbrella and some Monstera Deliciosa. 

9 Tips to Transform Your Garden Into a Beautiful Alfresco Dining Space

4) Make the most of your existing infrastructure 

Within your garden, work out where the best spots are. Where gets the most of the afternoon sun? Where offers a shady reprieve amidst the harsh mid-morning glare? Mapping out these blissful zones will allow you to make the most of your garden, and ensure your alfresco dining space is comfortable regardless of the weather. 

9 Tips to Transform Your Garden Into a Beautiful Alfresco Dining Space

5) Install a Pergola 

If you’re wanting to imbue your garden with a little bit of La Dolce Vita, a pergola is the perfect place to start. Similar to breezeblocks, a pergola adds a level of protection from the elements whilst still allowing a breeze and filtered sunlight to shine through. An added benefit of a pergola, is the ability to cover and shield from unsightly views.

6) Create a BBQ Hub 

If grilling and barbequing is a big part of your alfresco dining experience, consider creating a BBQ Hub. This can be a great way to integrate your barbeque into your outdoor infrastructure, creating a more streamlined look. You can also expand this out to create benches and a seamless flow to a seating area. 

9 Tips to Transform Your Garden Into a Beautiful Alfresco Dining Space

7) Create an Indoor/ Outdoor Flow

Many successful homes have a seamless flow between indoors and out. Offering the best of both worlds, this design style allows for the protection and comfort of the inside dining space, whilst creating an engagement with the outdoors. An added benefit of the indoor/outdoor alfresco dining space is the ability to host all year round!

8) Optimise a poolside location

If your home has a pool, make the most of it! Create a summery alfresco dining space that runs alongside the pool and imbues your garden with the charm of a luxury European villa. 

 9) Create a jungle oasis 

Integrate plants and luscious greenery into your alfresco dining space to create the allure of an exotic outdoor jungalow. By encompassing your alfresco dining sphere with rich greenery, your alfresco dining experience will feel like a sojourn to a tropical oasis. 

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“As well as creating a welcome reprieve from harsh sunlight, breeze blocks are the go-to for those wanting to create a subtle outdoor feature without requiring a large-scale renovation.”

9 Tips to Transform Your Garden Into a Beautiful Alfresco Dining Space

“As well as creating a welcome reprieve from harsh sunlight, breeze blocks are the go-to for those wanting to create a subtle outdoor feature without requiring a large-scale renovation.”

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