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Our top outdoor entertaining area ideas for summer


October 14, 2019 5min read

The weather is warming up which means sun kissed skin, sizzling barbeques and jam-packed social calendars. For the enthusiastic entertainer, having a convenient space to host is crucial, and a carefully considered outdoor area may seem as important to your home as a roof or windows!

Helping Australians build their dream since 1999, we’re well versed in knowing not only what Aussie families want, but what they need in their brand new homes. If you see yourself as more of a party-thrower than a party-goer this summer season, get your home host-ready with our top outdoor entertaining area ideas.

The crème de la crème when it comes to outdoor area design has got to be an alfresco-centric floorplan. For those still up in the air about your desired design, don’t look at your outdoor space as an add-on but rather an opportunity to extend the heart of your home, creating a space where the whole family can come together. 

Our Liverpool 25 display at Newgate in Tarneit is a shining example of this. In this floorplan the alfresco is far from an afterthought; the wrap around style of the home providing a flawless extension to an open plan kitchen, dining and living area. This outdoor area is perfectly complemented by the Resort Bahamas theme, defined by a fresh and light interior brightened with pops of peacock blue, summery yellow and citrus green.

Another important factor when it comes to designing an entertaining area is to keep in mind how you’ll achieve blended living spaces. Something we like to call indoor-outdoor flow. A seamless transition between rooms will not only assist in making your home brighter and more inviting, but you can make the most of the space you have by creating a natural extension to your indoor space.

In the Liverpool 25, multiple floor-to-ceiling sliding doors serve a dual purpose: they’re not only fantastic in letting light in, but they also allow you to open up your home for the breeze to flow through on a gorgeous summer’s night. If you want to take resort style to the next level, bi-fold doors are also a great addition: made from a series of panels and generally fold in or out to connect two spaces.

Perhaps the most important tip in designing your outdoor entertaining area is not to limit the use of the space to summer. Creating an area suitable for all seasons is easy and above all else, it will ensure you get the most value for money spent.

Again, the Liverpool 25 is a great example of how to blend practicality with style. In this display the alfresco is integrated into the home and well-covered, providing shelter from the elements from all angles. If you really want to optimise your outdoor space for winter use, a fireplace is a purchase worthwhile considering. 

Pictured here in our Vermont 29, on display at Newhaven, a fireplace provides an opportunity to create a stunning and functional outdoor feature – plus it’s perfect to snuggle up next to on a chilly winter’s night!

Whether you love to host, or just want a beautiful space to spend time with your family, an outdoor area is vital to creating the haven you deserve. For more outdoor entertaining area ideas, visit our display homes for some real-life design inspiration!

All images taken from our Liverpool 25, Vermont 29 and Hoffman 39 displays.