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Pergolas & Alfrescos

Pergolas & Alfresco areas have become a popular component of the landscape design - no longer are people interested in just achieving some extra covered area and a gap for the BBQ, the pergola and alfresco are now a feature of the landscape, offering the most social and functional element of the design for most homes.

We will run through some of the most important things to know when considering a pergola or alfresco in your Dream Landscape:


What is a Pergola?


A pergola is a versatile outdoor structure that adds massive functionality to any landscape design. Typically consisting of vertical posts with a simple roof structure; providing shade and shelter, and elevating outdoor spaces by creating a perfect ambiance for relaxation and entertainment.

Big Pergola Considerations:

  • Lighting - lighting is crucial for both aesthetic appeal (warm ambience) and functionality, with options ranging from hanging lights, spotlights and other creative fixtures.

  • Temperature - temperature control can be achieved through thoughtful placement and the addition of retractable canopies or climbing plants for natural shade. You can also use the pergola structure to fix fans, heaters and other temperature moderators.

  • Roof type - the choice of roof type is critical; whether it's open-lattice, solid, transparent/tinted or retractable, impacts the amount of sunlight and protection from the elements. Some spaces beg for an open view to the blue skies, while other spaces demand shelter.

  • Pergola structure - the material of the structure, such as timber or aluminum, not only affects the aesthetic but also durability and maintenance requirements.

  • WOW - it would not be a Million Dollar Landscape if we did not consider the WOW factor. Whether it is a sun-light or hanging egg chair, we always look for ways to add WOW to the pergola.

By carefully considering these elements, you can create a pergola that seamlessly integrates into your outdoor space while enhancing its beauty and functionality.

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Pergolas & Alfrescos

What is an Alfresco?


An alfresco is an outdoor cooking and dining space for your home. As they say, the ‘kitchen is the heart of the home’ - so we love to bring the heart of the home to the outdoors.

Big Alfresco Considerations:

  • Location - choose a spot that's convenient for both cooking and entertaining, ideally close to the house for easy access to utilities - and avoid getting in the way of common areas and pathways.

  • Layout - design the kitchen layout to optimise workflow, with zones for food prep, cooking, and serving.

  • Appliances - select durable outdoor appliances like grills, smokers, bar fridges, and sinks that are resistant to weather elements.

  • Materials - use weather-resistant materials for countertops, cabinetry, and flooring, such as stainless steel, stone, or concrete.

  • Lighting - incorporate functional task lighting for cooking areas and ambient lighting for dining and entertaining spaces. Consider LED options for energy efficiency.

  • Ventilation - install proper ventilation to dissipate smoke and odors, ensuring a comfortable cooking environment.

  • Shade - provide adequate shade over the kitchen area to protect against harsh sunlight, either through the pergola's design or with retractable canopies.

  • Seating - include ample seating options such as bar stools or dining sets to accommodate guests while cooking and dining outdoors.

  • Storage - incorporate sufficient storage space for kitchen utensils, cookware, and supplies to keep the area organized and clutter-free.

  • Utilities - ensure access to water, electricity, and gas lines for the functioning of appliances and convenience during food preparation.


By considering these points, you can create an alfresco kitchen under your pergola that enhances outdoor living and entertaining experiences.

Million Dollar Landscapes & your pergola and alfresco:


As a key feature in the landscape you may be wondering just how you could elevate the aesthetics and functionality of your pergola and alfresco with a creative design.


We love designing and constructing impressive spaces - let’s begin exploring the possibilities for your dream landscape.

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