What do you need to know about the roof design for your outdoor room or alfresco?
Learn the key ways to get it right here.
Hello! This is Episode #211, and in it, I’m going to be talking about the design of your outdoor entertaining area or alfresco.
And specifically, I’ll be sharing what to consider when it comes to your roof design over this area, so it doesn’t diminish the feeling and functionality of the space, or the interior of the home.
This is a question I get a lot from homeowners. Often it’s because they’ve lived in a home where their outdoor space, and how it was roofed, negatively impacted the way their home worked overall. And they don’t want to make the same mistake in their current renovation or new build project.
For some locations, there can be a debate of whether you need or want to roof your outdoor entertaining or alfresco area, or if that roof needs to just be used at certain times of the year, and then disappear at others.
So, we’re going to dive into all of this.
Plus, I’ll be also talking about the various things to consider if you have an existing alfresco area that you want to enclose, to grow your home’s space overall.
We have a few different names for our outdoor entertaining areas. They can be simply known as outdoor entertaining, or alfrescos, or decks, or verandahs,or outdoor rooms. And what they’re called can depend on where you are, the design and style of the home you’re building, and the materials you’re using.
So, in this podcast episode, I’m going to refer to them as outdoor rooms – because I think that’s actually a really apt way to describe that these spaces can actually be a whole other room or rooms added to your home design. And that when you get them right, they seriously enhance the experience of your home year-round.
Now, I’ve shared a lot of information on outdoor rooms in various ways on Undercover Architect, so I’m going to add all the links to those in the resources for this episode.
This includes a podcast episode in Season 2 on the key things to know when designing an outdoor room. In it, I share the mistakes to avoid, and the specific things to know and include so you can get it right.
I’ve also got a hugely popular blog post about ten things you need to make your deck, alfresco or outdoor room great.
And there’s a blog post on outdoor fireplaces, which many people are seeking to include in their outdoor room.
Of course, landscape design goes hand-in-hand with the design of your outdoor room, and there’s a lot of helpful information on Undercover Architect to assist you with that too.
This episode is going to be specifically about what to consider in how you’re roofing the outdoor room itself, so we can get into the nitty gritty of that.
And, I’ll also talk about some specific things to consider if you’re planning to enclose an existing outdoor room, because that’s another question I get quite a lot too. So stay tuned to learn more about that later in this episode.
But first, let’s jump into the roofing of the outdoor room, whether it’s roofed at all, and the roofing design you’ll choose.
How you design the roofing of your outdoor room will require you to understand some specific things that are unique to your site and the home you’re building or renovating.
I’m going to run through these items one at a time, and give an explanation on why they can impact your decision making, and the design outcome for your outdoor room.
In this episode, I share specific things to consider when deciding if and how you’ll roof your outdoor room.
- Thinking about your climate and what it determines in terms of your outdoor room use, and what that will mean for roof design and type
- Then, understand your orientation and what that means for the sun angles at different times of the day and year
- Look at how the roof itself will be created over the outdoor room, and whether it will be part of your overall home’s structure or overall roof, or if it will be a separately constructed element
- Will it have a flat ceiling or a raked one?
- And as part of that, think about whether the roof needs to be solid, and provide shade and rain protection, or if rain protection is not a big priority
- And then whether the roof will need to be permanently fixed in place, or a temporary, adjustable element.
- And if it’s going to be a high space with a taller ceiling, will you need to do anything additional so it still provides shade and weather protection.
This is a really nitty gritty dive into this topic, with some extra information about what to consider when planning to enclose your existing alfresco or outdoor room.
For images that illustrate some of the ideas I’m discussing in this episode, plus a full transcript as well, grab the downloadable PDF we’ve made available.
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Podcast episode “How to create great outdoor living spaces, decks, alfresco areas and pools” >>> https://undercoverarchitect.com/outdoor-living-area-swimming-pool/
10 things you need to make your deck, alfresco or outdoor room great >>> https://undercoverarchitect.com/10-things-to-make-your-deck-alfresco-or-outdoor-room-great/
Outdoor Fireplaces: how to enjoy outdoor living year-round in your home >>> https://undercoverarchitect.com/outdoor-fireplaces/
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Season 1 podcast season “What Matters Most” >>> https://undercoverarchitect.com/podcast/season-1/
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Hi, please may I get the transcript for episode 211? Many thanks
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Hi Amelia, I love your podcasts! What do you think about using velux skylights for a flat outdoor roof? How does it compare to bondor or polycarbonate sheeting options in terms of letting light in, insulation and cost?
I’m based in Sydney and building a duplex. This is for a duplex home alfresco (5m x 5m), which is south facing and opens onto a backyard. We also plan to use skylights in the living area which opens up to the alfresco.
I have listened to your podcast about velux skylights and it sounds like it they would be good for both internal and outdoor room ceilings where more natural light is needed.
Thanks for listening to the podcast, and I hope you’re finding it helpful.
You’ll need to check the specifications for the skylights – they may need to be installed on an angle for waterproofing etc (even though the roof it flat).
– Amelia, UA
Morning. Appreciate range of information you guys provide on broad range of topics including roof over outdoor room podcast 211. I entered details twice to receive pdf but no email. Wondering whether issue at my end or not? Thanks again
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Have a great day,
hi, I have also popped my email in to get the transcript of this episode but it hasn’t come through. I’d love your assistance please! thanks, Sarah
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I hope this helps,