The first step is to bring some warmth into your outdoor entertaining area.
"One way to do this is to increase cover and protection so that wind and rain become less of a factor," says Matt
“You might look to introduce some enclosed walls around some key outdoor areas,” he adds. ”Especially the likes of outdoor living rooms, patio areas and outdoor kitchens, which often get use less in the cooler months.
“Covered pergolas, retractable awnings and gazebos can also be really good autumn additions – and you can style the space internally to inject warmth, and then rethink the look and accents as you move into other warmer seasons.”
On the other hand, a simple solution is to build a back-yard fire pit.
"As autumn sets in, fire pits provide a functional and stylish way to warm your outdoor spaces and keep them suitable for entertaining and relaxation alike" says Matt. "You can sit by the fire and chat with friends and family, cook food – and they’re great for disposing of branches that may have fallen from your trees."
Additionally, heat strips are are worth considering.
"I’d also consider installing some heating or strip heating in key outdoor entertaining and living areas,” said Matt. “They will boost heat and keep the spaces inviting throughout the autumn months."
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