by Tracey Hordern
MOST of us think of summer when it comes to entertaining outdoors.
But now, thanks to great new designs and products, you can create a warm and welcoming outdoor space with plenty of cool ambience to dine and entertain family and friends all year.
Outdoor kitchen and dining spaces have evolved to become an integral component of Australian architectural and home renovation plans.
With careful planning and the right equipment, it's easy to make the most of your outdoor spaces.
DESIGN YOUR SPACE: Most outdoor entertaining spaces revolve around the barbecue, for two good reasons; you are close to the food and, in cooler months, the warmth.
When designing your space, ensure you provide plenty of comfortable seating for family and friends, as well as co-ordinating cushions for comfort and style.
HEATING: Outdoor patio heaters and fire pits are so now effective and affordable.
For snuggle factor, you can also provide some stylish and cosy throws.
LIGHTING: The only visitors that will enjoy harsh fluorescent lighting outdoors are bugs so, instead, opt for soft solar lighting in the dining area and something a little brighter for the cooking area.
QUALITY APPLIANCES AND PRODUCTS: As outdoor kitchens are now one of the strongest trends for Australian homes, the calibre of appliances and products has grown.
From deluxe barbecues to full outdoor kitchens and furniture options, there's myriad designs to choose from to ensure your outdoor space is stylish and practical.