Make the outdoor room cosy and inviting this winter, with modern heating options to keep you warm and comfortable
Aussies love making the most of outdoor living spaces, with many homeowners putting a lot of time and design dollars into the verandah, deck or pergola to be able to use it year round.
If winter weather keeps you inside for a few months or more, let yourself be tempted back outdoors.
Modern inclusions mean you can enjoy cosy evenings and alfresco lunches with just a few tweaks around heating and decorating.
Landscape designer Dean Herald of Rolling Stone Landscapes (rollingstonelandscapes.com) in Sydney says that the past five years have seen an increase in demand for outdoor winter living solutions.
‘It all comes down to enjoyment and feeling comfortable,’ says Dean.
‘If you re-create that outdoors, then you are really extending the usability of the space.
‘People tend to understand the appeal of evening entertaining but they overlook the pleasure of long lunches on crisp winter days with the sun on your back.
‘Being well prepared for it is the key.’
Outdoor heating solutions have come a long way since the occasional gathering around the backyard bonfire or the call to put an extra jumper on.
These days it’s all about replicating the comfort of the indoors.
‘Technology always catches up to trends, and in the last five or six years there’s been a real increase in the products available for heating the external space,’ says Dean.
‘Personally, I think you can’t beat the traditional fireplace. The look, the crackle and the smell of the timber, and the radiance of the heat.
‘It’s like formalising the campfire, and connecting emotions to the solution is always a winner. ‘Evoking childhood memories is a surprisingly important factor in any design process,’ he adds.
‘For many people, an open fire has special memories attached to it.'