Alfresco entertaining is an intrinsic part of the Australian lifestyle, especially as the days are getting longer and balmier. Having a well-designed, functional outdoor area that connects to your main entertaining rooms inside is a great way of creating more space to entertain guests when needed, or for you and your family to enjoy every day.
The crux to enhancing both in- and outdoor spaces, regardless of their size, is by obscuring the boundaries between the two areas, in order to create a seamless flow. This can be achieved either by removing physical or visual barriers or by adding special touches – take your pick from the following ideas…
The problem with many of the more established Australian abodes is that their backs connect to the garden only via teeny windows – or a windowless wall. The result: zero indoor-outdoor flow. This situation is easily remedied by installing or replacing smaller windows with larger ones – or, to really open up the space and allow an influx of light as well as easy access, consider sliding doors, stacking doors, bifolds or French doors.
Bear in mind that while sliding and stacking doors consume less space than French doors, you’ll have to factor in a track for them to slide on. If you feel like an indoor-outdoor flow with a difference, having garage doors as walls that open up can make for a funky industrial-style feature.
If you have smaller spaces that will benefit from being opened up, structural work may be required which will likely include council consent.
Given our notoriously unpredictable weather, it’s always a great idea to have a combination of covered and uncovered outdoor spaces. By having a Stratco Sunroof you will always be able to entertain no matter what the weather.
Another way to improve indoor-outdoor flow – and making your al fresco dining experience more user-friendly – is by simply taking your kitchen outside. Outdoor kitchens are becoming all the rage; as are outdoor ovens, fridges, rotisseries and other culinary appliances. Stratco currently has some impressive outdoor kitchen options using the high end German quality Hafele range. Alternatively, Bunnings have a more basic range.
Now before you start knocking down walls in order to turn your house into an entertainer’s dream, it pays to call in the pros from Spinryde Home Renovations to help you find the most practical solutions for your personal renovation scenario. If not, a simple plan might turn into a mission impossible, or at the very least a costly one. Our team at Spinryde Home Renovations is an excellent point of contact – not only will we provide you with all the expert advice you need for design and construction based on your budget, we can also take care of the entire renovation process for you, complete with any niggly permit requirements!
If you would like to discuss options to renovate your home and/or coordinating indoor/outdoor flow, please use the enquiry form on this page to provide us with your contact details. We will get in touch with you at a time that suits you to discuss your project.