Imagine sitting down to a lavish meal in an outdoor setting – without having to leave your own block of land. It’s easy to set up your own alfresco dining experience in the comfort of your own backyard.

Outdoor Furniture

The most basic option is to use outdoor furniture to create a dining area. This is cheap and easy to do, but you will need to consider the weather before you plan a meal.

Gazebos or Umbrellas

To make this dining option more enjoyable all year round, add a gazebo or umbrella to provide shade. Remember that you may need to store these inside when it rains, depending on the materials used.


To make a more permanent dining area, you can build a patio or decking. These will be expensive but they will also add value to your home. Try paving it with modern, elegant materials, such as natural stone, and add some pot plants or outdoor ornaments.


A pergola can be made from timber, aluminium or steel and can be attached to the side of your house. They’re more structurally sturdy than other outdoor options. Depending on the style of roof used, they’re also a great weatherproof option.