Outdoor Living in Australia
The leaves start to turn to yellow and we can no longer rely on the weather to be mild, or the days long. The colder months are on the way. You may be thinking “I don’t want to stop having the outdoor dinners we had with friends and family this Summer”. Well, the good news is you don’t have to. Here are a few tips from on-trend designers to make your outdoor dining opportunities endless, no matter what the season.
Keeping it Warm
It’s imperative to maintain a comfortable temperature for your outdoor area, so you can ensure all year round use. As we’ve shown, Infrared Heaters undoubtedly do this the best. Once you have that side of it sorted, we move on to the crowd favourite of an outdoor fireplace.
There is no bad side to outdoor fireplaces. Even when they are not on, they still create a feeling of coziness and comfort. An outdoor fireplace makes your outdoor entertaining area usable any time of year. If you don’t have a chimney you can always invest in a chimenea, firepit or radiant wall mounted heater. Infratech has a wide range of designs and sizes to complement any outdoor area.
There are several different ways to zhoosh up a tired area. You can totally change up the mood and feeling by using different table clothes, cushions, candle ware, flower arrangements, anything that isn’t a permanent fixture can have a change of colour or location.
Is it time to replace that old outdoor furniture? There are a couple of options. If you invested in a good outdoor setting initially, perhaps you can consider renovating the setting by covering it in a new fabric or restraining the existing wood. If you are after a totally different style you need to remember a few fundamentals. Make sure all cushions and wood are weatherproof and UV rated. If you are not using the area all year round, consider covers which will protect the furniture and extend its life.
Built in outdoor kitchen
If you are starting your outdoor area from scratch or have a large space to work with, perhaps consider a built-in outdoor kitchen. If you are looking to install gas appliances, consider whether you want to be on mains gas as opposed to bottled gas. If you want to be on mains you will need the connection put in before anything else is started. If you want to have a sink as well, you will need to have plumbing connections installed. An outdoor sink is not so much for being able to do the dishes outside, it is more for hand washing and intermittent water use. The idea of having an outdoor built-in kitchen is you want to avoid having to go back and forth inside as much as possible. Visit an outdoor cooking specialist. They will have information and advice on options you haven’t even considered. What appliances are you thinking of? A smoker as well as a BBQ, an oven, a stove top? Consider the way you cook for a crowd and try to incorporate everything you need. You may regret it if you cut things out to try to stay on budget so design wisely!
A fantastic way to keep the wind out and the temperature up in your patio area is to install outdoor blinds. Well manufactured blinds look good and complement your outdoor entertaining area. It doesn’t just need to be an entertaining area for friends, with the versatility of blinds it can be an extra living area for the kids, a new playroom for toddlers or even a hobby room. With outdoor blinds your options are endless.