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Cozy up the inside
The cost of heating can cause major bill shocks. And, come summer, the air-conditioning costs can be even worse.
This makes winter the perfect time to insulate your home. Talk with an expert about what options best suit your budget and DIY ability. There are many types of insulation to choose from, including polystyrene, foam, cellulose and fibreglass.
If it is too frosty to head outside, take a look around at what jobs you can do inside the home. Winter is a golden chance to:
- Create some instant insulation with designer window coverings.
- Upcycle some old furniture.
- Improve your lighting for mood and functionality.
Cook up something special outside
Most households have a barbecue. But how many have a fully functioning outdoor kitchen?
You can use the cooler months to plan these elements for your dream barbecue setting so it’s ready as soon as the warmer weather returns.
Inspire yourself by checking out what Bunnings has to offer for the perfect outdoor dining area and get to work. Measure up the area, consult a tradie to get an idea of design and building needs, and settle on the appliances you need.
There’s no better way to combat the winter blues by planning for a great summer.
Build a fireplace - without a chimney
Sure, you could devote the winter months to a major home renovation to warm things up, but by the time you have got a new chimney stack installed the frost on the lawn has probably melted anyway.
But did you know you can have a toasty fireplace in your living room without the need to tear the house apart to install a stack?
And with a bioethanol fireplace, you can do your bit for the environment as well.
They boast no flues, no connections and no chimney to operate. Even better, no need to store large quantities of wood: fuel can be bought cheaply from your local Bunnings.
Even better, the clean-burning power of bioethanol delivers heat, but no smoke!
As well as this, there is a range of electric heating devices you can install to emulate a fireplace. They include digital imagery of flames for an authentic touch and can be wall-mounted for safety and style.
Prepare for summer
Do you really want to be up on the roof when the mercury rises this summer? Winter is the perfect time to prepare your home while the weather is mild.
You can use this time to clean your gutters, trim back trees and install any range of garden projects like gazebos, paths, veggie gardens and more so when outdoor season comes, you have the perfect yard.
Some of the handy jobs you can do in winter include:
- Aerate, rake and fertilise the lawn to allow easier maintenance in the heat.
- Install a sprinkler system.
- Do any fencing work that may be needed.
- Reseal any decking you may have - or install a deck yourself!