As we come to the end of January and muse on what more 2017 has to bring, it is inevitable that our thoughts will turn to dining outside. Okay, so that’s a huge and pointless lie. This has been a cold winter so far, and we’re mostly still thinking of ways to spend more time under a duvet. Still, it’s going to be spring before we know it.
2016 was the hottest year on record worldwide – not necessarily for good reasons, but it was. There is no reason to suspect that this year will be much cooler, so when we get into spring and summer we will want to make the best use of that warm weather. To achieve that, a patio would seem like a more than decent idea.
Getting the best from your garden can cost a little upfront, but will be worth it for the money you save. Why go out and spend the evening in a beer garden when you could be staying in, controlling the music yourself and enjoying the comforts of home? This way, you don’t even need to pay for a taxi!
Going Continental: Take A Tip From The Italians
When it comes to enjoying your outdoor space, you won’t see a better example than how it is done in Italy. It’s the nation that gave us the phrase “al fresco”, after all. (Although, yes, “patio” actually comes from Spanish).
All that notwithstanding, there is a lot to be said for sitting out on the patio with a glass of wine and a plate of something light. If the sun gets too much, then a parasol (also Spanish, sorry) is a worthwhile idea.
From Inside Out, And Vice Versa
Children will always want to play in the garden, sometimes while you’re busy indoors. If you want to keep an eye on them it can be a tricky thing to do. However, setting up a play area on the patio can make it easier. You can keep an eye on them from inside by opening up the wall with doors from stockists like Bi Fold Shop.
Having this option is also perfect for entertaining. Also, for those evenings when it’s too warm to stay closed inside but there is something you don’t want to miss on TV. If you have some friends around to watch the World Cup, they don’t need to miss a kick while you fire up the barbeque.
Too Sunny Where You Live? Try Enclosing It.
OK, so this may not be an issue for most people who live in the UK, but it is still a concern. We all know the dangers of too much time in the sun, so putting up a veranda over your patio – or fixing up a lean-to – can provide the shade you’ll need.
This also means you can still get more use from the patio in autumn and colder days throughout the year. If you like watching the rain fall but hate getting wet, it’s perfect. Picture sitting out there in a warm jumper with a cup of coffee. Is that not just perfect?