Winter can be a troublesome season when the outdoors gets neglected. Consider a few options below to spend more time outside.
With all the rain we've been having around the country, it's not surprise that we want to stay indoors with the heat under a blanket. Winter doesn't always have to be like this so we've come up with some simple ideas to help you make the most of the wet weather.
1. Patio Heaters
One of these gems should be top of the shopping list when you're out and about hunting for ideas to withstand the cold weather. While AOL doesn't sell these, we think they're a great addition to all outdoor areas. Nowadays there are many styles to choose from including the classic patio heater as we know it and a few more contemporary designs like the ones pictured below.
2. Patio Area
So you've got a little area outside the sliding doors out the back but there's not really too much from for more than a few people, right? Just tacking on a few more square metres of an undercover entertaining area can make the world of difference to not only your lifestyle but also the value of your home. If you live in SA, AOL can help. We have an excellent team of craftsmen ready to design your outdoor area under which you can put your new patio heater. For those of you in VIC, keep your eyes and ears out for when AOL launches pergolas, verandahs and decking in your state.
3. Outdoor Furniture
Finding the right furniture for your outdoor setting is often as difficult as picking your indoor furniture, which, let's face it, is used a lot more than your outdoor setting. A lot of the time, you can incorporate a couple of combinations: the coffee table and seating arrangement as well as the dining table for when you have a big knees up with a few friends. Choosing these options makes your outdoor area more versatile for a variety of activities. We can already picture you and your friends kicking back near the patio heater with a couple of drinks and some nice food on a Saturday night.
4. Outdoor Blinds
We all know that with rain, often comes wind and with the addition of your new patio heater, you need to keep the heat in and the cold out. That's why AOL's Outdoor Blinds have come to the rescue. Not only are they extremely resilient to wind and rain but they don't spoil the view. Our Shade Blinds have tiny breathable holes which allow for airflow but still minimise the blustery winds. If you prefer a cleaner look, consider our Clear/Tinted Blinds that give a seamless transition from outdoors to indoors. Both have amazing benefits and add style to your outdoor setting without completely blocking the positives of an outdoor lifestyle.
5. Artificial Lawn
This final option will make your life so much easier all year around. As mentioned before, the amount of rain around the country has been incredible and while it's good for our Aussie farmers, it's not so great for those of us who will have to mow the lawn the next time it's dry. Artificial Lawn will not grow - there's no two ways about it! You can sit back and relax in the knowledge that you can finally get rid of the mower. In Summer, you'll have a well covered, prickle-free area for all the family to enjoy in the sunshine and the best part is it has UV protection so won't fade during our intense Summer months.
We hope these handy tips will provide you with a little light in these gloomy Winter months.
If you would like advice on how you can improve your outdoor area, please don't hesitate to contact your local AOL Branch on 1300 884 690.