When people think of patios, it’s often the summer months they have in mind. After all, there’s nothing better than a long, warm night spent in your garden enjoying the company of your nearest and dearest. We’re here to tell you that patios are also a perfect investment for the winter months – even if you could think of nothing worse than venturing out into the cold. A couple of simple adjustments will have you making use of your patio and getting the most from your investment. Here is how to utilise your outdoor entertainment area all year round.
Think the kind of overhead heating that keeps you warm in cafes. Energy-efficient (and therefore cheap to run), this type of heating will make your outdoor adventures pleasant.
If you prefer, a wood heater also provides a great ambience – all you have to worry about is collecting firewood and keeping the fire smouldering, and you’re set.
With winter comes rain, and rain means you’ll avoid going outside as much as possible. Ensure your patio or deck is protected from the elements, either by installing a drop sheet, shade cloth or robust roof.
And, while we’re on the topic of shelter, it’s important to let the sunlight in sometimes. Invest in an outdoor roof that you can close in summer, to keep out the harmful UV rays, and open in winter to let the sunlight in. Alternatively, speak to us about installing translucent paneling to improve the amount of light under your patio area.
Nothing says escaping from the frost than slipping into a bubbling hot spa in your own backyard. It may be pricey, but you’ll come to love spending time in the heat.
Sometimes, the early sunset and dark nights can make winter feel oppressive. Choosing decorative lights, lanterns and candles means you’ll bring some warmth to your space, and have your guests enjoying the outdoors well into the night.
Make your space more inviting and you won’t be able to resist going outdoors as much as possible. Install an outdoor stove, BBQ or pizza oven and you’ll be cooking up a storm through the winter months. What’s more, the stovetop will keep your outdoor space warm, even on the coldest winter day.
As well as cookware, you can ensure your patio space is magnetic with beautiful throw cushions, weather-proof furniture and soft blankets. When you’re all rugged up, it’ll be easy to spend time outdoors.
Just by selecting a few well-chosen elements for your patio, you’ll be able to enjoy your investment all year.