Outdoor set-ups add all-weather ambience to homes
“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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
Outdoor spaces can extend living areas.
Adding fire adds functionality.