Now that the winter months and cold weather are upon us, many of us will be reminiscing about the summer nights and days that we spent out in our gardens enjoying the sun and warm temperatures. What if we told you that a few adjustments to your patio could make it as usable in the winter as it is in the summer? Here are our 5 top tips for making the most out of your patio during the winter months:
York Stone Paving
If you want a patio that can be used all year round, York Stone paving is one of the best materials you can choose. Unlike decking and other paving styles, it doesn’t become slippery or worn during the winter months and will provide you with a sturdy, attractive platform for all of your patio activities, whether it’s summer or winter.
Take a look at our wide range of York Stone paving for inspiration for your patio.
Although you may think your wicker patio furniture is suitable for all year round use, it could actually be one of the things that puts you off using your patio during the winter. That’s because with most wicker furniture it doesn’t retain heat that well due to the perforated backs acting as tiny air vents. If you really want to make the most out of your patio all year round, try investing in an outdoor lounger that you can cover up on the rainy days. To really make it a warm and cosy seating area, add some soft blankets and comfy cushions so the cold doesn’t affect you as much. If you want to go one step further, a covered patio can be warmed up with outdoor heaters and bring back memories of the summer.
Fireplace/ Fire Pit
To really make the most out of your patio in the cold weather, we suggest installing an outdoor fire pit or fireplace in order to make your space as usable as possible. Not only will these be an incredible feature for your patio, but they’ll make you want to never leave your garden.
With the winter weather comes less daylight, which means we have to rely on artificial light a lot more. To illuminate your patio during the dark, early evenings try investing in some outdoor lighting to add an extra warm glow to your space. Adding extra lighting to your patio will not only make it feel cosier, it will also bring your garden to life during the night. String lights or solar powered lanterns work best in providing your patio with a warm glow.
Your patio area is the perfect place for a hot tub. The winter months stop us from relaxing in our gardens after a long day at work, but a hot tub provides you with a special spot where you can sit back, relax and treat yourself. Nothing sounds better than relaxing in some hot water when the cold winter air takes over. To optimise the use of your hot tub, make sure you place it in a private corner of your patio to ensure you can enjoy it in privacy and not feel like the prying eyes of your neighbours are stopping you from relaxing.