The rise of the outdoor room

7 November 2016

Perth is arguably one of the most idyllic locations in the world. A stone’s throw away from a breathtaking coastline, we are blessed with long, hot summers and lush, spacious backyards to enjoy them in. It’s no wonder, then, that a large proportion of West Australians choose to entertain their guests outside.

Villa alto frontyard walkway

Villa Alto


The outdoor room has become an increasingly popular trend over the years, often incorporated into home designs by utilising weather-proof furniture, sturdy appliances and full-service kitchens to create an outdoor space that everybody can enjoy.

Outdoor kitchens

The kitchen is the heart of any home, and the advent of the outdoor kitchen ensures there are now two areas for family and friends to congregate. In the initial planning stages, it is important to ensure that the elements, such as wet weather and harsh sunlight are taken into consideration. Durable, low-maintenance furniture is a must, and these days there is a plethora of choice out there in the marketplace to suit every style and budget. Work spaces need to be made out of strong materials that will withstand the rigors of outdoor use, such as stainless steel cooking equipment, stone counter-tops and paved floors. Shelter in some form should be considered, and a shady pergola or verandah is ideal. There is also the practical issue of basic utilities to think about, such as power and water, which need to be connected to the outdoor area. And if many of your social get-togethers are held at night time, how you plan to brighten the space with task and mood lighting needs to be factored in as well.

Indoor & outdoor design

When it comes to design, the style should flow easily between the indoor and outdoor spaces. Décor and architectural detail from inside the home can be taken and replicated outside so that the two areas complement one another. Neutral tones are a good choice, with a splash of colour thrown in to brighten things up. Furniture made from natural materials such as wicker and cane are strong, durable and look great with some plump, brightly-coloured throw cushions. Arrange your furnishings so that your visitors can sit and enjoy the view of a pretty garden in bloom, an enticing swimming pool or even a spectacular sunset.

Outdoor trends

Fire-pits are a quite literally a scorching hot trend at the moment, and they are enormously popular in Perth. They not only provide warmth, but add a beautiful focal point that your guests will naturally gravitate towards. They come in a range of styles and sizes, from a traditional round wood fire-pit to a cutting-edge gas fire table. Some can even double as a barbecue pit, adding a delicious woody, smoked flavour to meats. Now there’s something you can’t do indoors.

Averna Homes are professionals at offering design expertise to its clientele. Averna’s team are proficient at creating free-flowing spaces that provide a seamless juncture between indoor and outdoor living, and specialise in customised luxury home design.

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