Alfresco Design Warrandyte

Tailored to bring the outdoors in, this unique alfresco brings all of the best elements of entertaining, family time, and shelter to the fore.

Project Overview

This sprawling five-bedroom home in Warrandyte, complete with a large guesthouse overlooking the pool, has had several makeovers since it was built on an acre of land, in 1980. The current family made their move and secured ownership in 2017, and recently asked us to build the missing piece of their real estate puzzle – a very customised alfresco.

Set on an elevated block, the original house was built beside a fabulously flat backyard space – complete with a large inground pool and a playground lawn. This provided the ideal scenario to link the pool and the kitchen/meals and family rooms to the new pavilion-style alfresco, which was to be constructed smack bang in the middle of all of the entertainment action.

The block is an unusual shape, but the manicured landscaping set the scene, and our very own Custom Outdoor Living Alfresco Designer, Matt Goodie, was able to temper the design to match the guest house as well.

Matt explained, “The house already had easy access to the pool, however, the backyard featured very little shelter and ye old backyard barbeque had to be held out in the elements.
We had the capacity to create a space that opened right up to allow a cross-breeze, and that was also semi-attached to the pool, close to the laundry (for wet feet and towels), and within easy reach of a nearby toilet room – resulting in barrels of family fun that could be had in a much more practical way. And that’s exactly what we achieved!

An awning area was removed and a new vaulted, gable roof was built to form a long room. To one side, stacker doors were added (in similar formation to those on the Guest House) and the other side was open-plan, with the glass pool fence sheltering the lower portion.

The rear wall now houses a full length custom outdoor kitchen – with a sink, double bar fridge, a central barbeque, and an extraction fan rangehood. Corian benchtops with ample workspace, and a slate-cut tile floor (that are a close colour match to the pool surrounds and existing rear verandah) add an enormous amount of appeal. The entire area is easy to clean, it’s open for lunch, dinner or breakfast, and all set for parties of any scale.
The alfresco has six skylights, plaster walls and ceilings, two overhead fans to increase circulation, plenty of low voltage LED lights (with dimmers for ambiance once the sun goes down), and an airy and bright feel during hours of daylight. As with all of our projects, at Custom Outdoor Living, our aim is to think of everything from the get-go, plan for the ideal extension, and keep within the proposed budget.”

No matter what your project ideals are, Custom Outdoor Living can present you with options of grandeur, or help you scale back. Every client is treated as an individual, every home is a unique entity, and we make our clients feel welcome to talk through their wish list, knowing that we’ll give our experienced advice to ensure that the end-result is even better than they imagined it could be.

We’re not there to push you either. We’ve been in this business for a very long time, and we’re tuned into the Aussie way of life, so our suggestions are generally right on the money!

Custom Outdoor Living provides Alfresco build and design services in Melbourne and, as Registered Builders, with all of the required insurance and warranty protection in place, we engage our trusted quality tradespeople to install and adjust electrical, gas and plumbing lines.

On this Warrandyte project, in particular, storm and grey water lines had to be adjusted and maintained below the alfresco subfloor, just as electrical wiring and gas for the kitchen, lighting, and other appliances, needed to be safely installed to meet compliance regulations.

Our owners now have 67 square meters of extra living space. There are no issues with soggy feet, and the Desperately Fickle Weather Patterns of Melbourne can virtually be completely ignored from this time on – because their new tailor-made alfresco is absolutely ideal for any occasion – day or night.

Tap into our wisdom, quiz us on all of the things you need for lifestyle practicality, and book a Design and Consultation Meeting with us, at Custom Outdoor Living, TODAY.

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The company is owned and managed by Matt Goodie who plays a hands-on role within the company.

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''We are so pleased we chose a builder who could see our project through from start to finish. Design, permits and of course the build and fit out. We love our new alfresco room and use it every day. The team listened to understand our vision and it has come to life. Special shout out to the trades who stayed strong through several Covid related lock outs! Thankyou''

Maria & Ash


We are so pleased with our carport. It has been perfectly matched to our home. Custom outdoor living, have taken care of every little detail from the very beginning until the very end. We were always kept up to date with the project. It ran smoothly and was completed on time. We can't recommend them highly enough.

Patrick & Gail


''Matt and the team at Custom Outdoor Living did a fantastic job of designing and building a customised double garage for us.

It has fit in really well next to the house and looks like it has always been there. Their attention to detail was excellent and they explained everything really well. They made the process from design to completion very easy for us.''

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Wheelers Hill

“No hassles or problems…They did all the paperwork and permits … they even cleaned up after themselves…Would highly recommend Matt and the team to work on your next project.

Thanks !!!”

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