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Making your patio a space for all seasons

A patio is an outdoor space used for dining or recreation that generally bridges the gap between the inside and outside of your home. The patio will become a space dedicated to fun and quality family time, the focal point of living for adults and kids. “Outdoor spaces like patios are becoming an extension of indoor living," says Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa. "It is advisable to invest in long-lasting furniture that can weather both the seasons and the changing fads”. Installing or redesigning a patio area can take your home to a whole new level, and certainly impacts on your curb appeal, adding to the overall value of your home. 


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Winter may be on its way, but the fact that early frosts and chilly winds will soon be here doesn't mean your patio needs to be all grim and dull. It might be the ideal time to rethink how your patio area looks and feels, and if you do not have one yet, it might be the ideal time to consider taking on a building project during the winter months.
 
Bring your outdoor living area to life with simple add-ons such as umbrellas, covers, lights, and a variety of outdoor furniture, from lounge and dining sets to gas braais, loungers, pillows, pots and plants - you will be sure to create an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. To guarantee privacy around your patio, make use of fences, pergolas, half-walls, and landscaped plants.


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Even if you don't do much outdoor entertaining, it's still lovely to have an outdoor area to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or afternoon sun downers.


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Consider giving your outdoor space a makeover with some of these inspiring design tips to make the most of your patio:
 
Putting a roof over your patio

If your patio roof is looking a bit worse for wear, it's a perfect time to consider repairing or upgrading it with either makeshift or permanent roofing. If it is completely exposed, estimate the cost of a roof and see whether it would be more lucrative to build a freestanding patio roof or extend the house roofing to cover the patio.
 
Enclosing your patio

This is mainly done to create a sense of privacy as well as providing you and your patio with protection from the outdoor elements. Choices range from aluminium patio enclosures, frameless glass or wooden closures.
 
Lounging style

South Africans get so much out of investing in a comfortable outdoor lounge area, which gets used so often. Make sure you choose furniture that is water and weather -resistant while still offering comfort and style. 
 
Patio Dining

Regardless of what kind of space is available on a patio, most people have a dining set in order to entertain and relax. Whether you're after designer tables and chairs that sit many, or a simple dining set that cater to a smaller space, outfit your outdoor living spaces with comfortable furniture that expresses your personal style.
 
Accessories

A good selection of accessories will bring your patio to life. Patio accessories are designed to set an atmosphere for you to relax and feel comfortable in. Patio accessories need to last longer and be able to tolerate different conditions.  These include plush cushions, clocks, table ornaments and attractive flowers, as well as the vases, lanterns and candles.
 
Bar sets

Every home needs an entertainment area where you can share good times with friends and family. A quality bar set which matches your interior design is more than just a perfect finishing touch.
 
Braai areas

No patio area is complete without a braai area. Make sure your patio and braai area is the best it can be by including pizza ovens and fire pits as other options to just the normal braai area.
 
Umbrellas

An umbrella is one of the most effective ways to improve the usability of your patio area. There are many benefits of umbrellas mainly protection from sun and rain. Make sure your umbrella is of the highest quality; weather resistant and durable providing you with years of good use.  
 
Patio heaters

Entertaining outdoors during the cold winters can be an uphill struggle and very unpleasant.  Adding an outdoor heater will increase the usability of your patio and garden all year round. 
 
Vertical Gardens

If you've got a blank wall or a bare fence, you can turn the ordinary dull blank space into an eco-friendly vertical garden. These are popular as they are low-maintenance and take up no space at all.  








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