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Outdoor Entertaining

The number one top use of a terrace would be to entertain friends, family, and neighbours. Australia is blessed with a terrific climate, but whilst we all love to spend time outdoors, it is not comfortable to sit in the sun for very long. A patio provides the perfect place to sit outside in the shade. Most people keep a choice of outdoor furniture in their patio area, from comfortable outdoor sofas and chairs to tables and dining room sets.

With the addition of lighting, a television, and music, your terrace is the ideal place to entertain guests in the summer. And if you buy a patio heater, you can keep on partying well into the winter. A few extra blankets should protect you and your guests on chilly evenings.

Cooking

The next best use of a patio is for cooking food. It is surprisingly easy to do these days thanks to some very trendy and affordable outdoor kitchen appliances. If you choose to set up an outdoor kitchen, plan it carefully. As well as a BBQ, outdoor grill or pizza oven, you will need a food prep area, a sink, storage cabinets, and possibly a mini-fridge or cooler. Be sure to have enough room to cook and eat, and if space is tight, consider extending your patio.

Leisure Activities

Families often keep toys and games outside on the patio, so the kids can play in the shade. Throw a rug and some cushions down so the kids are comfortable while the adults make the most of the chairs. A patio is also a wonderful place to keep a pool table or games console. The sound will be less bothersome if you want some peace and quiet inside. Add some lighting and you can use your patio well into the evening. You can also elect to suggest your other half takes apart his car engine on the terrace rather than indoors on your kitchen table.

Relaxing

Not much beats chilling out in your patio when it’s hot outdoors. Curling up with a good book and a cold beer in the shade of your patio is extremely relaxing, which is the reason why millions of Australians use their patio for comfort.

Cultivating Plants

There are many plants that thrive under cover of a terrace, so in case you’ve got green fingers, start cultivating pot plants, herbs, fruit trees and vines, and veggies. Pick plants that prefer the shade and ensure to water them regularly.