Having an outdoor gas provision installed for connection to a BBQ is an often overlooked but valuable addition to your outdoor entertaining area. This connection will mean you don’t need to replace gas bottles or worry about running out of gas while cooking. If your home is connected to natural gas, the BBQ burners will need to be changed by a licenced trade before they’re used.
Unlike standard sliding doors, bi-fold or stacker doors can open up the entire area and provide a seamless transition between your indoor and outdoor living areas. The cost of this upgrade will depend on the door size and configuration you require.
Stacker sliding door: A stacker sliding door has a number of doors that stack behind the other door panels as you slide it open. This allows a larger opening than a standard sliding door; particularly large openings can be fitted with extra sliding panels.
Bi-fold door: A bi-fold door provides a standard door at one end while all other panels slide and fold together against the wall. Bi-fold doors will allow for a slightly larger opening than sliding stacker doors.
Choosing an alfresco upgrade will mean that your house and alfresco rooflines match. Adding the alfresco after construction will result in a cheaper appearance and no streamlined connection to your home. An alfresco upgrade is often expensive but is recommended for anyone who values connected outdoor living areas. If you're planning to deck your alfresco area after construction, consider removing the concrete costs from this upgrade to reduce the price.
If you plan on fitting your outdoor living area with a fully featured outdoor kitchen, keep in mind that you will need some provisions in place. As a start point, think about adding access to the wastewater plumbing for sinks, power for fridges and outdoor exhaust range hoods, and water mains for continuous hot and cold water.