How To Keep Your Patio Or Deck Warm In Winter


Outdoor spaces are only for summer, right? Wrong! It doesn’t take a lot of effort to ensure your patio or deck can be used all year round, rather than just when the weather is warm.


Choose the right heater

Choose the right heater

A high-quality outdoor heater can make a huge difference to your space. There are a variety of heater types you can use, including standing electric heaters, radiant heaters mounted on the wall or ceiling, gas-powered patio heaters, or even outdoor wood heaters. The heater you choose may depend on factors like the size of your patio or deck, how open it is to the elements, your access to power or how your seating is arranged.


Rugs and pillows

Throw rugs and pillows

Blankets and pillows can cosy up even the coolest spot. Perfect for an autumn evening spent catching up with friends over a barbecue, the right pieces don’t just offer a nice way to beat the chill – they can also add to your outdoor décor. If your space is quite exposed and you’re worried about your blankets and pillows being ruined, we recommend keeping them indoors. Simply bring them out when you want to use your patio or deck.


Wind Blocking

Wind blocking

Wind-chill is a major issue for many outdoor areas. If you find your patio or deck has the wind whistling through it during the cooler months of the year, consider adding a barrier to make your space more comfortable. Wind blocks can be created in several different ways, so it comes down to how much you’re willing to spend. Consider options like:

  • Blinds
  •   Louvres
  •   Slats
  •   Floating glass walls
  •   Retractable awnings
  •   Plant life
  •   Full or semi-enclosure.


Let there be light

Let the light in

Or, more accurately, the heat. If you can invite sunlight into your space without opening it up to the wind, you can help keep your area warm and inviting on even the chilliest day. Skylight domes or panels in your roofing can help with lighting and warmth, so your patio or deck stays bright and comfy all year round.


Insulated Roofing

Insulated roofing

Insulation is like a thermos for your home. It can help keep the air at your preferred temperature, whether that’s warm or cool. Insulated roofing works well on its own, but pairing it with any of the options above is a great way to maximise the effectiveness of your heater or warmth from the sun.

As a nation that loves the outdoors, it seems a shame to wait for the perfect weather to enjoy it! Whether you choose to curl up in a woolly blanket or find the perfect outdoor heater, you’ll thank yourself for winter-proofing your patio or deck this year.

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4 Ways To Make Your Patio The Envy Of Neighbours


If you love entertaining, why not establish your home as the go-to for neighbourhood parties? Or perhaps you just want to have your neighbours peeking over and wishing they had such a nice space on their side of the fence. No matter your motivation, we know how to create a patio that everyone can enjoy – even if they don’t get to experience it firsthand!


Excellence in Design

It all starts with design

If you’re lucky enough to build from scratch, keep in mind that a great design is the foundation for an awe-inspiring space. You’ll want high-quality flooring and roofing, sufficient air flow, access to power, good natural light or lighting, and enough head height that you don’t have to hunch over when walking around. Keeping these basics in mind, you can work with your builders to design an open and airy outdoor space. Good builders will work with all the stakeholders in your household to ensure a high-quality design that everyone loves, all while considering elements like drafting, engineering and council approvals.

A good design will lend itself to different décors and uses, but a bad design will likely limit how you use your patio. Putting in the hard work through the design phase will be worth it when you have a highly practical area that adds value to your home and lifestyle.


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Amazing furniture

While design is the foundation, furniture is the bricks and mortar. You can throw an aluminium set on your patio and be done with it, but if you’re planning to spend more than 10 minutes at a time outside, you’ll probably want furniture that is strong, comfortable and durable. Depending on how much room you’re working with, you may be able to fit a dining set, a lounge set, or even both, making your outdoor area a truly functional extension of your home.

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The perfect plants

Whether you want to create a tropical retreat, an outdoor oasis or an industrial haven, the right plants can add a touch of luxury to any space. Head down to your local plant nursery and speak with the people there – they should be able to recommend plants based on your patio’s exposure to the elements and the look you’re trying to achieve, so you can get the right greenery for the job.

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A bit of personality!

After all, it’s your home! Décor is the finishing touch to crafting a patio that your neighbours wish was their own. For example, if you love frogs, place a cute frog ornament next to one of your pot plants. If you love art, consider hanging a unique canvas on a wall. Whatever you choose though, be wary of going over the top – one or two little stone frogs tucked away are cute and quirky, but a large frog statue in the middle of the floor might be a little over-the-top.

You don’t have to be the next contestant on The Block to get the best patio in the suburb. By carefully considering which elements to add to your space, you’ll end up with a gorgeous patio that is comfortable, practical and versatile.

Want to find out more about patio designs? Or team is ready to have a chat – simply contact us today!


Custom Patios or Flat Pack Patios – Which Is Better?


Are you wondering whether a flat pack patio cover, deck cover or carport is the most suitable solution for your home? Even the most dedicated DIYer can get caught out by the traps of the famous flat pack. We’ve taken a look at some of the myths associated with ready-to-assemble (RTA) structures, and whether they stand up to scrutiny.

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Flat pack products are easy and fast to assemble

Many people think flat packs are easy and quick – and in some cases, they may be. However, for a lot of people, assembling a flat pack can be a painful experience. You only have to do a quick Google search to see the huge number of posts and forum threads on how to stay sane while putting a flat pack together.


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Flat pack products are sturdy and durable

In an ideal world, components of flat packs would be the same quality as materials sourced by custom builders. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Flat packs usually have fewer upfront costs, so it’s to be expected that the quality of poles, roofing and joinery won’t be of the same standard as pieces and products used by builders. This can result in a structure that just doesn’t stand the test of time.

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Flat pack products are cheaper than custom-built products

As we mentioned above, the initial costs associated with flat packs are generally cheaper than getting a builder out to do the job. But are RTA home extensions really easier on the hip-pocket than going custom?

Depending on the quality you end up with and how well you put it together, your flat pack patio cover, carport, or deck cover may not go the distance. With less structural integrity to stand up to the harsh Queensland weather, you may end up with a carport that blows apart in the first windstorm or succumbs to the first branch that hits it.

If you’re unlucky enough to end up with a cover that doesn’t go the distance, by the time you’ve paid for a replacement or repairs, you may find that you would have been better off with a higher quality product.


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Flat packs are an easy option

Sure, it may seem like you can just buy one and throw it up over the weekend. Of course, we’ve already covered how it often isn’t that simple. But there’s more to it – you can’t forget about the council approvals and fees, as well as the other elements that you may need to consider. From flooring to drafting to engineering, flat packs are limited in ways that custom builds are not. And if you have a unique shape to build within, this all goes double. While custom patios can be built to the specific area, flat packs will be a standard design, which can make them look ‘tacked on’ or cheap.

So while flat packs can look like a convenient and cost-effective alternative to getting a home extension built by professionals, using this type of structure may not always go to plan. When it comes to your home, you get what you pay for, so it’s worth investing in something that will add genuine value to your home and your lifestyle.

Speak to one of our friendly team members to learn more about the benefits of a custom-built home extension today!


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