Out­door set-ups add all-weather am­bi­ence to homes

Pilbara News - - Property - Cy Clay­ton

Heat­ing

“The ad­di­tion of a fire to your out­door area can bring many new di­men­sions to your life out­side,” said Nick Mur­ray, of Cre­ation Land­scape Sup­plies in North Fre­man­tle.

He says fire pits are an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar op­tion.

“So many of our clients who buy our fire pits state that they dra­mat­i­cally change how they use their out­doors in win­ter,” he said.

Bun­nings’ Mick Heanue also rec­om­mends wood heaters, heat­strips and chime­neas.

Weather-proof­ing

Out­door blinds are a sim­ple way to keep out the el­e­ments while also cre­at­ing pri­vacy, ac­cord­ing to Scott Gre­gory, of Aus­tralian Out­door Liv­ing.

“Adding out­door blinds to an ex­ist­ing per­gola or pa­tio area can ex­tend a liv­ing space, giv­ing home­own­ers a whole new room in which to re­lax or en­ter­tain fam­ily and friends,” he said.

“Out­door blinds cou­pled with the use of out­door heaters can help to re­tain heat on those cold nights and pro­tect home­own­ers from the wind and rain, mak­ing the space more func­tional dur­ing win­ter.”

Lighting

“Don’t for­get to light up your back­yard in the cooler months,” says Anna Stafford, of WaterGar­den Ware­house in Os­borne Park.

“Out­door light fea­tures pro­vide a fo­cal point and depth to a gar­den.

“Even if you’re not brave enough to get out there your­self, look­ing out into a win­ter gar­den from the warmth of the in­doors can be cap­ti­vat­ing.”

The out­door room

“Pa­tios add func­tion­al­ity to an out­door liv­ing space in win­ter that would oth­er­wise be ex­posed,” Mr Gre­gory said.

“A strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned tim­ber or steel pa­tio can also help to keep an out­door area warmer in win­ter, trap­ping warmth from heaters, mak­ing it an all-year­round out­door liv­ing so­lu­tion.”

Out­door cook­ing

Mr Heanue says wood-fired pizza ovens are an­other great ad­di­tion to out­door ar­eas.

“There’s noth­ing quite like a warm slice of pizza on a cold win­ter night straight from the wood-fired oven,” he said.

Pic­tures: GlobeWest

Out­door spa­ces can ex­tend liv­ing ar­eas.

Adding fire adds func­tion­al­ity.

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