How To Create An Outdoor Space You Can Use All Year Round

Many people put so much time and effort into their garden to make it comfortable, visually pleasing and entertaining, but it is usually extremely short lived due to the very few summer months most of us receive. However just because the summer’s gone doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your outdoor space all year round, and make the most of the area. With a few simple changes, you could turn your garden into an impressive outdoor space that can be used whatever the weather.

Create A Platform

It helps to create a space where the majority of your relaxing and socialising will take place. Whether you decide to lay down some decking, a patio or some stone slabs, you need to ensure that you have a hardwearing foundation for your tables and chairs to go on.

You should also consider building a shelter to go over this area in case it rains or is overly hot in the summer.  The open sides will still allow it to feel like you are sitting outside, and the fact that it is only partially covered means in nicer days you can move out into the rest of the garden where it is a bit sunnier.

Outdoor Heaters

In order to be able to comfortably sit outside during the colder months you may want to invest in a few outdoor heaters. You can pick up a few freestanding or wall mounted patio heaters that can help you and your guests to feel the warmth, despite sitting outside. They can be fuelled by propane, natural gas or electricity, so there are plenty of options to suit your set-up.

Another option is an outdoor fire pit or chimney, which can create a warming and glowing ambience which is extremely relaxing. There is usually the option of wood-burning, coal-burning or gas fuelled systems.


As the daylight starts to disappear, alternative lighting to illuminate the surroundings helps bring your garden to life. Rather than choosing bright and unnatural lighting, it may be better to opt for softer and more subtle lighting. Battery-powered fairy lights and solar powered lights are a great choice as they won’t cost you anything to run. You could also add a few candles for ambience, as well as lighting citronella candles to repel insects during warmer weather.

You could also use path lighting to illuminate any areas where people may be walking to provide them with a clear line of sight, preventing any accidents.

Hot Tubs

A hot tub is the perfect addition to any garden; not only do they act as a great form of entertainment when you have guests, but they also are an ideal way to relax and unwind after a hard day at work. Unlike swimming pools and jetted bathtubs, hot tubs are always set to the optimum temperature so are ready to use whenever you want, without having to prepare them or wait for the water to heat up.

The temperature can be adjusted so that during the summer you can cool off and during the winter you will be warm and toasty with the crisp air providing a breath of freshness. You may want to consider placing your hot tub under the covered area you have created, or you could use a gazebo type cover, so it can still be used if it rains. When looking after your hot tub it is essential you use the correct products from a quality supplier, such as Pool and Hot Tub Supplies, to ensure your hot tub is kept in the best condition possible.

Now that you have a garden that can be enjoyed all year round, you can make the most of your outdoor space whenever you please, whether you want to sit back and relax, or host your own garden party.

***This guest post was written by Ekta Mair on behalf of  Pool and Hot Tub Supplies. They specialise in providing high quality swimming pool and hot tub supplies, from cleaning chemicals to inflatables and games.*** 

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