How to create the perfect alfresco for summer

22 October 2022

Perth is finally heating up after a long winter and what feels like non-stop rain – so now is the time to start curating the perfect outdoor space to sit back and soak up some summer sun.

Australians love the great outdoors so whether you have a traditional suburban backyard, a rooftop or a balcony, having a functional alfresco area will be a welcome extension to your internal living areas.

Here’s some ideas about how to start preparing the perfect alfresco in time for summer.

Outdoor dining

For most of us, our social lives tend to revolve around food, so having a dedicated dining zone means you will be able take breakfast, lunch and dinner on the terrace.

If you have the space, consider an outdoor kitchen, barbecue or pizza oven to help keep yourself away from the indoor kitchen when you host guests.

Cooling and shade

Perth’s summer sun can be blistering so it’s important to make sound decisions about cooling and shade that will make your summer sessions more comfortable.

Ward off the sun with a fixed patio roof or veranda and think about adding a couple of fans or an alfresco mist cooling system for those super hot days.

Maintenance

Dreaded household maintenance seems to pile up in winter, so you’ll want to tackle a few chores well before the summer heatwaves.

From pruning to painting to clearing gutters and eradicating the winter weeds, the warmer weather will give a welcome boost to your motivation levels and help you to start ticking off your to do list.

If you’re lucky enough to have a swimming pool or spa, you’ll also want to make sure they’re in good working order before the heat well and truly kicks in. Similarly, dust off the pressure cleaner, give the pavers a scrub and ensure any glass fencing is well cleaned.

Homegrown heaven

More and more, people are opting for a semi self-sufficient lifestyle by integrating rainwater tanks, vegetable patches and fruit trees into their yards.

Now’s the time to think about your summer crops, maybe opt to plant some lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and herbs for your summery salads.

And remember you don’t always need a lot of space to make veggie and herb gardens work – they are just as effective in planter boxes, under verandas and on balconies.

Native additions

When it comes to summer gardens, hardy natives will likely come into your landscaping equation to help minimise your water use and maintenance.

Choosing waterwise options will mean big savings, both environmentally and financially, when it comes to your water use and there is a multitude of native species that can handle Perth’s harsh climate and hot summer sun.

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