Bringing the outside in

The design concept of the indoor/outdoor space has become extremely popular, and is well on it’s way to becoming a fundamental aspect of the Australian home. In Western Australia, we are particularly blessed with the perfect climate and laid back attitude to make the most of the space.

Whether you currently have a porch, patio, games room or pool area, you can make the most of the spare space by creating an extension of your home to bring the outside in. Gone are the days when the spare room was labelled a “sunroom”. Instead, indoor/outdoor or alfresco areas have set a new standard, that often include kitchens, bars and bathrooms.


The main concept is to create a multi functional alfresco area. Typical elements of the space include:

Bifold doors

Bifolds are a great way to create space and light. They also ensure that you can use the space all year round by opening or closing different sections depending on the time of year, wind and rain.

Fashionable yet durable furniture

In recent years a large range of furniture has become available to suit external household use. Before you make a purchase, ensure that the furniture is made of high quality materials.  As the furniture is exposed to harsh elements, it needs to be able to withstand the sun, wind, sea salt and rain. Such furniture may be more expensive, but it will be worth it when you don’t have to replace the furniture annually.


When deciding on what colour scheme to use, we suggest sticking to neutrals for your walls and furniture. This will brighten up the space and compliment the indoor colour scheme. To add some colour you can use bright cushions, glassware, and plenty of green tropical plants!

Outdoor kitchen


Of course your kitchen depends on the scale of your budget, but if you’re going to dream, why not make it a luxurious full scale kitchen and bar?! Preferably it would be complete with sinks, fridge, gas mains connection, modern BBQ, pizza oven and of course a blender to make all the cocktails that you’ll be enjoying in your new area!




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