Jazz up your outdoor space this winter with crackling fire pits, patio heaters and chimineas — even when the sun is nowhere to be seen. The temperatures may have dipped, but that doesn't mean you have to bundle up and hide from the cold until next spring.
'There are plenty of ways to warm your garden during the colder months,' explains Harry Bodell at PriceYourJob. 'Not only can outdoor heating liven up your garden space in winter, but it can keep plants warm when they are in dormancy so they do not become permanently damaged or die.'
Want to create an all-weather garden you can enjoy even in the depths of winter? Take a look at some ideas below.
1. Light your fire pit
Fire pits don't need to be limited to use in the summertime when they provide the perfect focal point for outdoor soirées. It's also an ideal way to keep warm when the temperatures start to tumble.
'Due to a fire pit's versatility, they can be installed in an existing outdoor entertainment area,' says Harry. 'Installing a fire pit does not necessitate making big changes to your garden. As a result, they are well worth the money because of the value they provide to your backyard or outdoor entertainment space.'
2. Consider a chiminea
Winter may be upon us, but portable chimineas are brilliant for providing an extra layer of warmth — and are great for cooking an outdoor feast on. Many popular chimineas can be purchased in cast iron, brass, cast aluminium, and stainless steel. Unlike a fire pit, chimineas have a small chimney, so the smoke gets directed away from you.
Not sure which one to buy? Harry advises: 'A steel chiminea is one of the cheapest options which on average costs £50 - £80, whereas a cast iron chiminea can cost between £150 - £200.'
3. Opt for infrared heaters
Infrared heaters are among the most convenient and eco-friendly outdoor heating solutions simply because they are electric. With fast-acting heat beams that disperse the chill, they are wonderful for extending your time outside this Christmas (although you might still need a blanket or two).
A wall-mounted infrared heater is great for small gardens and importantly, won't take up any valuable floor space.
4. Make the most of your conservatory
With the right insulation, conservatories can serve as a functional room all-year round. Despite being a sun trap during the warmer months, conservatories are a great way to warm your garden in winter as they allow you to enjoy a slice of the outdoors without getting cold.
'In the past, a conservatory was frequently unsuitable in the winter due to the cold, and too hot in the summer,' says Harry. 'Thankfully, you can now heat your conservatory with underfloor heating or normal radiators, as well as install sun-blocking shades.'
5. Consider heated flooring
Dreaming of cooking up a storm outside this winter? Did you know that underfoot radiant technology may be utilised to heat outdoor walkways, steps and driveways when it gets cold. It's a more costly option (between £5,000 and £7,000), but if you like to use your garden all year round, it's worth considering.
'With some planning and the help of radiant heating, you'll be able to grill outside regardless of how much snow fell the night before, without ever having to lift a shovel,' explains Harry. 'During the winter months, you may put this thermal-boosting technology to use, transforming an outdoor living space into a comfortable winter retreat.'
6. Buy a freestanding patio heater
Patio heaters are designed to be aesthetically appealing, making them an attractive addition to your garden or patio, and a tall freestanding model is great for ensuring maximum coverage in your outdoor space. While many of us turn our attention to decorating indoors for Christmas, patio heaters make it easier than ever to extend the party outside.
7. Embrace outdoor fireplaces
Temperatures taking a tumble? No problem! Outdoor fireplaces bring comfort and warmth to any outdoor space. Even though fire pits get most of the glory, many homeowners are embracing the romantic appeal of an outdoor fireplace.
Installing an outdoor fireplace can range from £600 to £3,850, depending on the type of style you are keen to have. To keep costs down, install a small fireplace unit instead of constructing one from stone.
Harry explains: 'Fireplaces are fantastic sources of heat, and also enable you to spend more time outside, even when it's bitterly cold. All you need is a warm sweater and a fire to cosy up with your loved ones.'
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