Building an Alfresco Area
At Simonds, over the last 72 years, our commitment to helping people realise the Great Australian Dream of home ownership has been unwavering.
And behind every Great Australian Dream, is a great backyard.
From firing up the BBQ with guests to entertaining well into the night, you’re never going to regret time spent out on your alfresco.
But remember, it’s also your place to relax, so design an outdoor entertainment area that suits your lifestyle. Whether that’s enjoying your morning coffee, or reading your favourite book, we’ll have an alfresco that feels like your own holiday sanctuary.
From the laid-back and relaxed Gold Coast to the heart of pristine Gippsland, you’re always going to appreciate an alfresco entertaining area, regardless of where you call home.
When you’ve built new, it’s common to get caught up in the endless to-do lists, filled with mountains of packing boxes and exploring your new neighbourhood, with any questions about your backyard falling on the back-burner.
The beauty of building a Simonds home with an alfresco? You’re able to move-in, and be entertaining friends or lounging back on a lazy Sunday afternoon, as soon as you’re handed the keys. By including an alfresco in your build, you’re able to save yourself from weekends of back-breaking landscaping and DIY decking, instead focusing on settling into your beautiful new home!
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Image: Big alfresco doors lead out to the ultimate breakfast nook. As seen in our Newbery 27, on display at the Covella Estate, Greenbank, QLD.
As many of us have spent more time than ever inside our homes, it has become even more important to embrace and maintain our connection to the outside world.
We’ve said it before, open plan living is our bread and butter.
And a huge aspect of creating inviting, communal spaces that the whole family gravitate to, is extending this open plan flow out to an alfresco. With bountiful light and breeze streaming through sliding doors, you’re on your way to boosting your indoor-outdoor flow and reaping all of the calming and grounding benefits.
Image: Enjoy entertaining in the evening and relaxing during the day with a versatile alfresco. As seen in our Blackwood 22, on display at the Springfield Rise Estate, Spring Mountain, QLD.
From waking up to the morning light with a cup of coffee, to spending those endless summer nights firing up the BBQ, you’ll come to appreciate your alfresco every day of the week, not just for when you’re putting on a big bash.
But don’t get us wrong, whether you’re entertaining your nearest and dearest, or your calendar is jam-packed hosting big get-togethers as we enter the festive season, your alfresco will be a god-send, time and time again.
But what makes a great alfresco, you say?
When you're trying to strike the right balance between a relaxing sanctuary and an entertainer’s dream, there’s a few things to consider. Stay with us, because we’re diving into them below!
Image: Fresh greenery and pops of colour pair perfectly with sleek external tiles. As seen in our Alvie 33, on display at the Elmood Estate, Epsom, VIC.
Boost Your Indoor-Outdoor Flow
Many of our home designs come with an alfresco already included, because we know they’re a sought-after feature amongst home owners and prospective buyers. If you love a floor plan, but can’t see an alfresco, talk to your New Home Specialist, as they’re a common structural option that we can add on to a lot of our home designs.
If you’ve decided on an alfresco, the next question is, location! Depending on your block, this might come down to the width or depth of your land. Having your kitchen and dining lead out to your alfresco at the rear is a common option, especially for those that love to entertain. It creates a big, free-flowing space, where guests can move effortlessly between perching themselves on the kitchen island for a chit chat while you cook, to joining the others outside on the alfresco.
But if you’ve got a block that’s tight on depth, you might like to look at home designs that have an alfresco tucked to the side. This can help to create a more intimate sanctuary, perfect for family nights spent relaxing as the sun sets.
Image: The ultimate master retreat. As seen in our single-storey Dunbar 26, on display at the Carvers Reach Estate, Park Ridge, QLD.
If you love the idea of designing a master bedroom that flows on to an outdoor retreat, start exploring our QLD Dunbar 26. As an upgraded option, the master bedroom can lead out to a private outdoor sanctuary. Perfect for a glass of wine after work, or a lazy weekend morning.
And last, but definitely not least, you can’t have indoor-outdoor flow without sliding doors out to your alfresco. Our standard option is an aluminium sliding door with one fixed panel and one moving panel, with different sizes and colours available. If you’re wanting to make more of a statement, you’re able to upgrade to an alfresco door, which has one fixed panel and two sliding panels, or even bi-folding doors. Aluminium is a great affordable and low-maintenance option, but we can do an alfresco or bi-folding door in timber if you want to take your alfresco space up a notch.
Image: A servery-style window that is perfect for entertaining. As seen in our Dunbar 26, on display at the Carvers Reach Estate, Park Ridge, QLD.
Make Entertaining Easy-Breezy with a Servery Window
If the ultimate BBQ set-up is high on your list of priorities, a servery-style window might just be what you’re missing from your new alfresco area.
For those that love to go all out when entertaining, having a servery window from your kitchen or butler’s pantry will make passing plates of food and drinks out to guests an absolute breeze.
There are a few considerations when adding a servery-style window to your new build. It’s best to chat to your New Home Specialist so that they can add an allowance to your quote, and then you’ll be able to iron out all of the details with your Gallery Consultant later on.
Image: Be transported straight to a tropical paradise with the Garner 25, Springfield Rise Estate, Spring Mountain, QLD.
Tiling vs Decking
We’ve already talked about how flooring sets the tone for the rest of your home, as soon as you step through your front door. In case you missed it, head to our Hallway and Powder Room Blog for some of our favourite flooring hints and tips on how to make a grand entrance.
And truth be told, flooring choices for your alfresco are just as important! You want to create an inviting space that feels connected to the rest of the home. If you’ve opted for tiles throughout your kitchen and living, consider tiling your alfresco too. By no means do the tile choices have to exactly match, but continuing the flow outside enhances the feeling of indoor-outdoor living.
If tiles aren’t your style, we can provide decking to your alfresco. Timber can soften and bring warmth to your outdoor space. If your Pinterest boards and Instagram bookmarks are filled with tropical, Balinese-style inspiration shots, chances are, you’ll love a timber decking finish to your alfresco. You’re also able to continue this tropical sanctuary feel, with cedar or another type of external cladding to the alfresco ceiling. This adds a special touch and can make the space feel like a relaxing oasis.
Image: The double-storey Eldon 34 will have you prepared for all seasons and occasions. As seen on display at the Meridian Estate, Clyde North, VIC.
Create a Versatile Space
When creating a versatile alfresco space - one that can take you from relaxing mornings spent lounging around to lively and fun-filled nights, the devil’s in the details.
Including a ceiling fan to your space, ensures that you’re able to enjoy being outside, even through the stifling heat and sticky humidity. Meaning you can make the most of your alfresco, at all points of the day, and year.
While skylights give you that extra boost of light, especially when you’re dealing with an overcast day.
Step into a coastal paradise, with the Murnane 32, Coomera Foreshore QLD.
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