How to create a winter-friendly outdoor space

The arrival of winter doesn’t have to mean the end of outdoor entertaining. You can update your outdoor space to make it suitable for year-round comfort. Here are 4 key steps to follow to achieve an outdoor space you can enjoy in both the warmer and cooler months.

Create Shelter

By installing a patio, pergola or verandah you can create shelter from the elements for your family and guests outdoors. The right roofing and blinds help to ensure you can take advantage of any winter sun but keep out the wind and rain.

Create Warmth

One of the most important steps involved in achieving a winter-friendly outdoor entertaining area is creating heat. There are a number of different ways you can do this. If you like throwing parties and having guests over in winter, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are an ideal way to keep your friends and family warm while giving a festive feel to any occasion.

friends toasting marshmallows outdoors

There is something magical about sitting around a fire on a cold winter’s night with a group of friends or relatives. Hand out marshmallows on sticks or mulled wine and your guests will never want to leave! If tending to the fire seems a little too high maintenance for your liking, you can easily get your hands on one or more patio heaters and instantly warm up your outdoor space.

Create the Right Entertaining Surface

There are a number of different surfaces to choose from when designing an outdoor living and entertaining area for all year round use. Concrete is a great flooring option for alfresco areas as it means you don’t have to worry about bugs and other creepy crawlies becoming an issue, there is very little maintenance involved and anyone water or mud on your guests footwear can easily be cleaned off the surface. Exposed aggregate concrete tends to be one of the most popular alfresco concrete floor surfaces in Melbourne as this type of material is extremely hard-wearing and weather-proof. Furthermore, exposed aggregate can easily be customised to compliment the indoor flooring or other surfaces in the home and surrounding gardens or landscaped areas.

Create the Right Lighting

It is very important to use the right lighting in your outdoor entertaining area during winter. The lighting sets the mood and make the space feel warmer and cosier, especially on those grey and dreary days. Lights, lamps, lanterns and even candles can all be used and even combined to create the ideal balance of illumination and atmosphere throughout autumn and winter.