HOT TIPS TO FIGHT WINTER
TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE COOLER TEMPERATURES DON’T DRIVE YOU FROM YOUR OUTDOOR AREAS
Landscape expert and Adbri Masonry brand ambassador Jason Hodges says a change in temperature doesn’t have to force us to adjust how we entertain and enjoy our outdoor areas and gardens. “A little preparation and a few smart purchases can winter-proof your backyard by transforming it from an unused winter space into a cosy feature area that will be a family favourite year round.” BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION Earmark an area near your back door for an entertaining patio. If possible, pave a large enough area to fit an outdoor setting and heating unit. Covering the space with an awning or pergola helps to frame the space and makes it feel more like an alfresco room, as well as shelter it from the elements, adding to the liveability of the space. Plan for rainy days and make drainage a priority. LET THERE BE LIGHT With those short winter days, a well-lit garden is ideal if you want to continue entertaining into the colder months. Lighting can completely change the look and feel of an area – opt for a floodlight that can be specifically directed at an area or festoon lighting to add ambience (look for the IP44 rating for indoor and outdoor use in all conditions). MAKE SURE TO WARM IT UP Go for a mobile heater to provide flexibility, or a stylish yet functional fixed-strip heater, perfect if you have an overhead pergola. A fire pit will transform your backyard into a cosy and inviting space on chilly evenings. Build up concrete blocks around the pit for an added layer of safety. “The ambience a fire pit brings is worth the investment alone, providing an enjoyable feature for the garden and a natural gathering spot for socialising and entertaining. It’s a great focal point, I like to describe it as nature’s TV and people are naturally drawn to the campfire-like atmosphere,” Jason says.