Top five uses for your patio
The number one primary use of a patio is to entertain friends, family, and neighbors. Australia is blessed with great weather, but while we all love spending time outdoors, sitting in the sun for too long is not comfortable. A patio offers the perfect place to sit outside in the shade. Most people have a selection of outdoor furniture in their patio area, from comfortable outdoor sofas and chairs to dining tables and sets.
With the addition of lighting, television and music, your patio is the best place to entertain guests in the summer. And if you buy a patio heater, you can keep partying well into winter. A few extra blankets should protect you and your guests on chilly nights.
The next best use of a patio is for cooking. Why use a kitchen when you can grill food on an outdoor barbecue? Many Australians turn their patio into an outdoor kitchen. It’s surprisingly easy to do these days thanks to some very stylish and affordable outdoor kitchen appliances. If you decide to set up an outdoor kitchen, plan carefully. In addition to a barbecue, outdoor grill, or pizza oven, you’ll need a food preparation area, a sink, storage cabinets, and perhaps a mini-fridge or ice chest. Make sure you have enough space to cook and eat, and if space is tight, consider expanding your patio.
Families often have games and toys in the yard so children can play in the shade. Throw in a rug and a few cushions to keep the kids comfortable while the adults make the most of the chairs. A patio is also a great place to put a pool table or game console. Noise will be less of a nuisance if you want peace and quiet indoors. Add some lighting and you can use your patio well into the night. You can also choose to suggest that your other half disassemble their car engine in the yard instead of inside on the kitchen table.
It doesn’t get much better than relaxing on your patio when it’s hot outside. Curling up with a good book and a cold beer in the shade of your patio is very relaxing, which is why millions of Australians use their patio to relax.
Patios are great growing areas. There are many plants that thrive under the shelter of a patio, so if you have green fingers, start growing potted plants, herbs, fruit trees and vines, and vegetables. Choose plants that prefer shade and be sure to water them regularly.
Do you have any other suggestions on how to use a patio? Let us know!