Our Australian climate allows for outdoor living and fun most days. But with cooler weather settling in during the cooler winter months, staying outdoors – specifically on the deck, patio or other outdoor living area – may prove to be a bit much for even the hardiest soul.
If you’re one of those people who already make great use of their deck or patio in the summer months, why not consider using the following tips to enhance the liveability of your outdoor space and beat the winter chill with these ideas.
Add an Awning
The reason you’re not able to use your deck in winter is probably because it is directly exposed to the elements. Installing an awning over the deck will provide the much needed cover to keep out the winter chill. Awnings come in many different styles, designs and colours to suit your tastes and your home’s personality. Some awning styles, such as retractable awnings, retractable roofs, pergola awnings, louvered roofs, etc., allow you to keep cool in the shade during summer and block out the cold; but can still open up to let in the lower-set winter rays when you need more light and/or a little warming up.
Make Use of External Shutters or Blinds
If your patio already has an existing covering, be it an awning, louvered roof or pergola, you can provide protection from the winter wind chill by installing external shutters, shutters, or outdoor screens. These patio accessories are available in a wide variety of fabric and colours, making it easy to find one that blends perfectly with your home’s look and feel. They will not only help block the cold, but also make your outdoor area much more private.
Another great way to make your patio or deck cosy and inviting this winter is installing an outdoor heating feature. With outdoor heating solutions, such as fireplaces, chimineas, fire pits, braziers, and radiant heaters, you can make your outdoor living areas warm and comfortable. What a better
way to spend a winter evening than sitting near a warm, cozy fire, all bundled up and enjoying the crisp outdoor air?
Outdoor heating solutions can be found in many different design styles to suit the needs of your home. Some models can be powered through your home’s gas supply and there are electric versions, as well. When installing one, be sure to consider local council regulations.
Lighting for Ambience
Outdoor lighting can change the appearance of a patio dramatically and for the better, especially on those dull, grey, winter days. Proper lighting also adds to the feeling of warmth in the evenings. There are many options for outdoor lighting to customize your preference, depending on how the space looks and feels. For example, you may want to use overhead lighting for when you need visibility, like during a meal; or you might want to install dimmer lighting to create a lovely lounge-like atmosphere for relaxing. Or, if your space is large enough, you may want to consider creating illumination with lamps around the perimeter and using candles in the centre. The options are endless.