Once you go to the trouble and expense of creating an outdoor room, you’ll really enjoy it in summer as well as some of autumn and spring, but come winter that room will be deserted simply because it is too cold. This seems a shame, so get some heating installed there. That way you can make even more use out of the room rather than letting it go to waste.
Your outside room can become a year-round retreat with just a little more attention. It doesn’t cost a bomb to add a few things to enhance the climate in what may be a cold place during winter. Here are some tips on how to do it.
- Add blinds – the clear plastic, roller blinds that are used to enclose verandas will keep out that cold breeze while still letting the sunshine through. You can get them to zip all the way down so they don’t flap. Some will roll up with a remote control for ease of handling.
- Add a fire – if you choose an electric or gas one you may need an electrician to install it. Other options are a chiminea or fire pit, a self standing gas heater or a built-in fire; all will help to keep the room and you, warm.
- Transform the outdoor room into an outdoor kitchen. The stove will help to warm it when you cook up a storm.