How to winterise your patio

Our South African climate allows for outdoor living most days. Make the most of your patio and beat the winter chill with these cosy ideas…

How to winterize your patio

  • If your patio is covered by eaves or an awning, consider enclosing the space with Larchwood timber shutters, which are inherently rot-resistant. A shutter-enclosed patio becomes a beautiful extension of your home, improves insulation and it helps keeps an ‘outside room’ warm in winter. Larchwood shutters withstand harsh weather conditions and the high density of the timber makes it resistant to pathogenic or wood-destroying fungi.
  • Illuminate the patio at night with tiki torches, candles or glass solar jars. You could create a romantic look with an umbrella chandelier by suspending tea light candles from the arms of a patio umbrella.  For improved overhead lighting, talk to your electrician about installing down-lighters into roof eaves.
  • Plant hardy shrubs like lavender, wild rosemary or rose geranium. These low maintenance and water-wise plants will release beautiful scent in your patio all year round!
  • Give garden furniture a cosy update with colourful cushions and throws that complement your garden or reflect a colour scheme used indoors to help integrate indoor rooms with your outdoor entertaining area.
  • Warm up the patio at night with standing gas heaters or build a fire pit to create cosy ‘camp-fire’ feel in your back garden.

Right, it’s time to toast marshmallows outside. Enjoy your cosy patio!

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One response to “How to winterise your patio”

  1. Carol says:

    Hi, how suitable are the larchwood patio shutters for withstanding strong wind, as our house is on the beach front and can experience driving wind and rain.
    Thanks for your info and regards,
    Carol

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