Enjoying a cuppa out on the balcony while you watch the sunrise, Sunday arvo BBQs with the family, garden parties with your friends — these are just some of the things we miss out on during the winter months, because it’s too damn cold to go outside!

During the colder months, the patio, balcony and backyard pretty much go unused, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Centenary Landscaping Supplies believe winter is the best time of year to use your outdoor area, and they’ve given us their tops tips on how to create an outdoor area you can use all year round.

Steel Fire Pits and Outdoor Heaters

Centenary Landscaping Supplies have a great range of stylish heating options from traditional clay chimeneas and gas heaters through to designer laser cut steel fire boxes.

James McCullough from Centenary Landscaping says fire pits and heaters allow you to extend your living space and enjoy the great outdoors, all year round.

“Making your outdoor space functional in all weather conditions is an asset to your home and can increase property prices,” he says.

For steel fire pits and chimeneas, Centenary Landscaping Supplies recommends products like the Lumina Fire Pit Chimenea, which is a tall steel fire pit chimenea, the Flourish Fire box and the Zebra Fire Box, which are both steel and feature intricate laser cut designs on the outsides.

“All the steel fire pits are made from CorTen steel which is a dress steel designed to surface rust, creating a beautiful patina,” James says.

And for a rustic look you can get the traditional clay, Astra Chimenea.

Where to put them

So, where is the best and safest place to put your outdoor heating? Well, it depends on what kind you have.

Jamie says the best place to put a traditional wood fire pit is in an unused and open area of the backyard.

“Make sure there is plenty of clear space around the pit and it is clear of overhead structures and tree branches,” he says.

If you have a brazier, brazier-style fire box or chimenea, they “can usually be set up a little closer to the home, particularly when using brazier coal or eco logs rather than wood”.

“Standard upright gas heaters can be set up right in close with a minimum of 600mm clearance usually required around the heater in an open, well ventilated area.”

Centenary Landscaping Supplies don’t just do fire pits and heaters. They can also help set up your outdoor space for year-round use with a great range of pavers, retaining wall blocks, feature pots and plants.

“You will be certain to find a style that suits your design,” says Jamie.

There is no excuse to be stuck inside this winter!

Check out Centenary Landscaping Supplies at 26 Sumners Road in Darra or visit www.centenarylandscaping.com.au.

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