With winter in full swing you may think that the time for outdoor entertaining is well and truly over. But with some clever adjustments to your alfresco area you can enjoy it all year round!
Possibly the most important part of a year round alfresco area is the overhead cover. Not only does it protect you and your guests from any annoying showers, but it helps to hold heat in the area and keep everyone toasty warm! If you don’t currently have a cover over your outdoor dining area, there are some relatively cheap options out there. Read our article on outdoor covering options for ideas.
Keep the space warm
It’s important to keep the area warm so that everyone isn’t uncomfortable. Outdoor gas heaters are a great way to add warmth to an area to make it usable on cooler evenings. There are a range available, from standing, portable heaters to overhead fixed heaters.
If you would rather something with a little rustic ambience, consider a small fireplace. They add warmth, charm and a great centrepiece for everyone to assemble around. Just ensure that you have adequate ventilation, and do not have any low ceilings or trees above it.
You can also add throw rugs to chairs for added warmth for your guests. It gives a cosy and intimate feel and is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than heating options!