With clever design and warming features, there’s no need to abandon outdoor decks when the cool weather sets in
The deck has become a popular fixture in many Australian homes, yet these lifestyle spaces can often lose their usability once the temperature drops during the colder months.
Considering year-round use when designing is the ideal way to solve the problem, and clever planning will maximise access to winter sun.
Making the most of the area’s landscaping and design will ensure the deck is a welcoming, functional space for all the seasons.
Making use of what would otherwise be a dead space, this deck boosts the functionality of the void created by the overhang of the bedrooms situated directly above.
Architect Tim Gittos says this area was orientated correctly to capture the sun all the way to the back in winter, while keeping out rain.
"You have to come through this space to access the house, so it made perfect sense to make it usable and central to how the house operates," he says.
"We created an informal hub, with a large wood-burning fireplace and a contrasting timber finish.
"Large-scale furniture, in-built joinery and soft furnishings attract everyone to the space."