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How to create a patio that is useable the whole year around

If you can get your outdoor space right, it adds a whole extra living area to your home, not to mention boosting your property’s value. But how exactly can you make the most of the space and somewhere that you can enjoy in all seasons?

Build a deck cover

What better way to protect your outdoor space from the elements by enclosing it – whether through timber slats, automised louvres that can move depending on the time of day for optimum shade or sunlight, or a skylight system. Australian company Altec offers a huge, huge range of options!

Invest in quality flooring

I love nothing more than a polished concrete floor or recycled timber deck. Consider the overall aesthetic you’d like to create in your outdoor ‘room’, whether ‘beachy’, ‘tropical’, ‘sophisticated’ and so on, then match the flooring accordingly.

Pick comfortable furniture

Whatever you do, do not settle for cheap, plastic outdoor furniture. You’re better off investing in timber, metal or cane alternatives (padded in beautiful cushions of course!) that are more durable, not to mention nicer on the eye! You can have fun pushing the boundaries between indoor and outdoor furniture – here really are no rules and the comfier, the better!

Add a fireplace or fit pit

How special is it to sit around an outdoor fireplace or firepit in the cooler months? They add major ambience and a focal point to outdoor spaces and cut through the cold to create a winter-proof space.

Create a mini bar or kitchen

Finally, stop the trips to and from the kitchen by creating your very own mini kitchen outside. Whether that is a BBQ with bench-space or a ‘pop up’ bar, having this functionality will help create a space to entertain your friends all year around.
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Images from our Pinterest board ‘Outdoor Spaces’.

2 thoughts on “How to create a patio that is useable the whole year around”

  1. To create a patio that is useable all year around, it is really important to pick out proper outdoor furniture. Select comfortable and durable rattan or wicker furniture and enhance your outer space!

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