Warmer weather and longer days mean summer is just around the corner. Summer in Perth is a time for entertaining, getting together outside and enjoying the long afternoons.
As the days get warmer life in our sunny state moves from living rooms to alfresco areas.
Whether it’s a neighbourly get-together, reclining with a good book, or a meal with the extended family, it’s around this time of year the blinds are rolled up and outdoor furniture dusted off for another year.
If you find yourself looking wistfully out your window wishing for a revamped alfresco area, then you’re not alone. Spring is the perfect time to consider an outdoor renovation in Perth.
There are so many benefits for adding an outdoor area, from increased home value through to extra space for growing families to live comfortably.
Getting your alfresco area in shape before truly arrives means you will be ready to entertain, relax or just live in modern comfort.
Here’s our ultimate guide to outdoor renovations Perth families will love living in.
Practical Tips To Get Started
Set a budget for the outdoor renovation
If you’ve tried Googling “how much does an alfresco area renovation cost” then you might already know there is no hard and fast rule here. The main things to consider when setting a budget are:
- Construction and landscaping
- Features and fixtures (e.g. outdoor kitchen, lighting)
- Finishing (e.g. decking, paving, rendering)
- Furniture and atmosphere
Don’t worry if you are still in the dark about how much you need to squirrel away. We are happy to provide a complimentary consultation to help you get the right information.
You may be surprised at just how affordable outdoor renovations in Perth are when you work with an experienced locally owned company like Addstyle Master Builders.
How will you use the alfresco area?
One of the biggest benefits of an alfresco area is its versatility. Think ahead a little here and try to picture your future life with the addition of an outdoor area.
What do you see? Are you hosting a sundowner? Playing with nieces and nephews by the pool? Cooking a BBQ feast for the neighbours? Opening the sliding doors to create a flexible indoor/outdoor living room?
Likewise, think about WHO the alfresco area is for. Many Perth outdoor renovations create a space with two or more functions in mind, perfect for sociable families or year-round outdoor living shielded from the elements.
Consider the afternoon sun
An alfresco renovation is the perfect time to capture the afternoon sun in just the right way. You may want to be shaded from the full force of the hot summer sun but capitalise on the last rays in winter to keep you warm.
With a bit of clever planning, Perth’s best alfresco area design and construction team can give you the best of both worlds.
Alfresco cooking ranges from a small mobile BBQ to a full-fledged outdoor kitchen with plumbing, a pizza oven and of course a beer fridge in easy reach.
Enclosed or semi-enclosed alfresco areas can be used all year round for cooking and dining, so why not consider adding functional features like a built-in BBQ and prep area or get creative and work in a woodfired pizza oven for the ultimate in outdoor entertaining.
Or if you’re not committed to outdoor cooking, you could consider adding a servery window between the kitchen and alfresco area for easy entertaining.
Gone are the days of bulky plastic furniture and uncomfortable cushions being the only options in outdoor furniture. An alfresco remodel is the ideal time to rethink your design choices and modernise with comfortable, versatile furniture.
Wood and wicker are making a comeback in Perth outdoor renovations, and it’s safe to say a well-placed concrete table is always a good choice. For flexibility between living, dining and entertaining you could look at modular furniture that moves with your lifestyle.
Our design team can work with you to find finishing touches that are perfectly suited to your taste and budget.
Greenery is an easy way to breathe life into an alfresco area. But it’s more than just visual: you can also use your outdoor renovation to create a small herb garden, add a fragrant flowering lavender or jasmine bush, or plant natives that keep mosquitoes at bay.
Check out our alfresco area design tips for more plant-based goodness.
Light it up!
Last but certainly not least, lighting is a key consideration to creating the vibe in your Perth outdoor renovation.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with lighting. Think about using dimmable downlights to transition from dining to entertaining, or edge-lighting the space for a subtle, sophisticated glow. And don’t forget about pool lighting for an impressive look that will have everyone reaching for their bathers.
Speak to the Addstyle design team for lighting tips that will illuminate your alfresco vision in style.
Addstyle Master Builders: Stunning Outdoor Renovations in Perth
Addstyle are your perfect partner to transform dreams of outdoor living into a reality, with alfresco areas tailored to suit your lifestyle.
From start to finish we follow your vision and find ways to make it incredible without breaking the budget. That’s why our team is the trusted alfresco renovator in Perth, backed by 200 peer-judged awards over our 30 years in business.
Contact Addstyle Master Builders for a free consultation and take the first steps in getting your home in shape for summer with an outdoor renovation.
1. You will become the envy of your neighbours
With a fresh internal update, the addition of some added space, or a facelift giving improved street appeal, you’re set to have the most Instagram-worthy house on the street. Your neighbours may become seriously jealous as your home makes theirs appear completely inferior in comparison. You may need to invite them all around for a neighborhood BBQ to make it up to them: BYO compliments.
2. You may become a homebody
With a fabulous ‘new’ home to spend your time in, you will never want to leave. Swap restaurants for dining from your stunning new kitchen, binge Netflix in your spacious Home Theatre, or laze the day away in the year-round comfort of your new Alfresco Area. Your friends may send out a missing persons alert!
3. You will entertain more at home
Once complete, all your friends and family will want to come and check out your renovation, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to entertain and perhaps show off just a little bit. Whether you’re looking to extend your living areas or to add a balcony addition to take in some great views, you will find yourself being ‘host with the most’.
4. You will become a home décor enthusiast
With inspiration available on every platform from Pinterest, Instagram and blogs, to renovation shows, home catalogues and interior design sites, you are sure to become a master home décor enthusiast. With so much knowledge available at your fingertips you may find a new passion or even a new career.
5. You will declutter and de-stress
Whether it’s your children’s bikes that have been sitting in the garage for 10 years, kitchen pantry clutter or the black hole that is your Walk in Robe, a home renovation gives you the perfect opportunity to declutter and remove all those unnecessary items from your life. Go the full Marie Kondo and you will not only declutter your home, but in the process your soul will feel lighter too. 🙂
However, BEWARE POTENTIAL RENOVATORS: As a poorly renovated home will not improve your life, it can waste your money and cause more stress than benefit – Those beautiful Italian tiles you selected will loose their wow factor if poorly laid, your cabinetry won’t look good for long if cheaply manufactured and you will be up for a fight getting substandard trades to return to correct poor workmanship.
You can avoid the stress and enjoy the process if you choose a professional renovation company to manage your project for you. Select a team who has the experience, expertise and resources to undertake the job efficiently, professionally and provide good overall value.
Addstyle Master Builders has undertaken hundreds of beautiful renovations over the past 30 years. From kitchen and bathroom remodels, to alfresco area and carport additions, and large scale home extensions and second storey additions. With a full team of building professionals including an in-house architect, interiors consultant and WA’s most awarded renovation construction team, Addstyle is the premier choice in home renovation builders Perth.
Granny flats are no longer just for granny, so who else are we building them for?
With the cost of rent and everyday living expenses rising, saving a deposit for a house is becoming increasingly difficult for our young adults. Building a granny flat for your adult children allows them to save funds for a deposit on their own home, whilst still providing some modicum of independence and personal space. The added bonus is that you get to spend more time as a family without stepping on each other’s toes.
Adding ancillary accommodation for the purposes of short-term leasing, via platforms such as AirBNB, is an emerging and fast growing trend. Not only can this provide a viable and convenient home business, in most the income generated easily covers the cost of the addition, then some.
Work From Home
We are finding a lot of independent Perth business owners are choosing to build granny flats on their property to facilitate the ‘work from home’ lifestyle while retaining the separation of their personal, family space. Not only does this enable them to have a dedicated professional work environment, but it also saves on rental costs for a commercial premises whilst adding value to the family property.
The lifestyle of a fly-in fly-out worker typically means the home is left unoccupied for a good portion of the year. A brilliant new concept we have seen emerging is the addition of a granny flat to the property, which allows the owner to live in on their R&R days back in Perth and rent out the main house. You not only benefit financially from the rental income but as a positive side effect the home will remain secure and maintained whilst they’re away at work.
Student housing can be difficult to find in Perth, somewhere close to public transport or the university itself is ideal but without the hefty price tag of a 3×2 rental. Perth property owners can benefit from building a custom granny flat with separate access to the main home, which allows for the ancillary space to be rented. Not only will you be earning an income from a space that would have remained otherwise unused, but again you are adding value to the property itself. Bear in mind, to focus on the student rental market the living space will more than likely need to be fully furnished and include access to Wi-Fi.
As with any decision to undertake renovations or an extension to your property, you will need to ensure you that it is designed and built by an established, reputable builder who can manage the process from start to end.
The dedicated team at Addstyle has worked in the Perth and surrounding area for three decades now and has acquired the enviable title of Western Australia’s most awarded home improvement team. Every project we undertake is unique and you can entrust our team of professionals to make your improvement dreams a reality.