Why retreat indoors in winter, when you can enjoy the sunny QLD winters relaxing on your patio. Want some tips on creating the ideal winter outdoor living space?
1. Cut down on wind chill with shades and screens
When you've got a craving for the outdoors in the winter, one of the strongest deterrents is often wind chill. Thankfully, you can easily diminish the wind's effect by supplementing your space with shades, blinds or screens. You can also create a feature or privacy in your patio with a perforated aluminium screen. These additions look at home in just about any setting and can make sitting outside in winter a whole lot more enjoyable!
2. Use seating that retains warmth
Metal furniture holds up well under outdoor conditions, but when winter hits, these pieces can become a little chilly. We suggest using cushions, not only will they brighten up a bleak day, but they can be practical by machine washing them. By picking furniture with insulating padding you will not only have a more cushiony seat, but one that retains your body heat during cold weather, as well!
3. Enhance your lighting
Many verandahs and patios are lit more for function than for relaxing. To make the space more enjoyable, lose the harsh edge of a single bulb and upgrade to several smaller fixtures. If your lighting swivels you can adjust where the light hits to fit whatever function is on the agenda. This will not only be a benefit during the winter, but all year round.
4. Add an outdoor heat source
A crackling fire or the heat and smell of a wood stove can warm up gatherings on even the coldest days of the year. From small portable fire pits to real fireplaces, the addition of heat to your outdoor entertaining area is a must. Permanent heat sources might be a bit more expensive than tips 1 through 3, but the addition of an outdoor heat source will not only create atmosphere, and may even increase your property's value and marketability.
5. Add an outdoor kitchen
Who says you can't cook out in winter? The most basic outdoor kitchen layouts include a grill, a cabinet for storing glasses, dishes, and utensils, as well as counter space to make food and drink prep easier. More elaborate outdoor kitchens have all of the appliances and fixtures you'd find in a normal indoor kitchen. Whether you go modest or expensive, nothing enhances a gathering like good food and drink. This is one addition that guests and homeowners alike will truly appreciate all year round!
If you’re not happy with your current patio, why not call us to quote a new insulated patio to protect you from the winter chill. If you’re also putting in an outdoor kitchen we can help with a pressed metal splashback or custom sink. Need a screen or furniture as well? Why not ask us about our custom pieces and make a statement with your patio.