Outdoor Living in Fall, Part 1


autumn outdoor living terrace awning

Too often, an outdoor room lies desolate as the chill winds of fall start to blow. It’s a shame but it’s human nature: once the temperatures drop, it’s time to lock the doors, shutter down the blinds and trudge back to the sofa. But it really doesn’t have to be that way, you know.

In this series, we’ll document how storage units can help transform your outdoor space once summer draws to a close; this time round, we’ll be focusing on how heaters and fireplaces can warm your bones and help extend your outdoor room’s lifespan.

True focal point

A good fireplace is essential for making the most out of your outdoor space as the mercury falls. After all, it is the true focal point of the outdoor experience. There are a variety of options to choose from to keep cozy under the stars, depending on your budget and how cold it actually gets in your home town – because, let’s face it, fall in Florida is very different to fall in Minnesota…

Rustic touch

A fire pit represents a solid investment that adds a rustic touch to your outdoor space. If you’re going to be getting a lot of use out of your fireplace, then you could do worse than investing in a limestone fire pit. This permanent fixture offers substance and old-world style, generates an impressive amount of heat and even ships for free. There are also a number of portable options available.

Modern option

Fire tables are a more modern option for your outdoor space, with intricate decorative features complemented by glass fiber-reinforced concrete and superior heat generation. You can use a propane tank to power this product, and its low-maintenance properties mean minimal cleaning throughout the year. But remember, fire tables don’t have to be permanent fixtures, either. There are a number of portable, wood-burning alternatives available that are a little easier on your wallet and look just as appealing.

fire table

Kontiki’s wood-burning fire table is made from powder-coated steel, which renders it immune from the elements and structurally sound. Like the other products we have assessed, this table does not need a lot of maintenance, and can easily be cleaned with a quick splash of a garden hose. And you know what? You’ll even be able to roast some marshmallows over the fire!

Vertical, sleek design

Of course, if space is at a premium, perhaps a conventional gas heater is the best option for your outdoor room. Their vertical, sleek design is a real positive when it comes to maximizing your area, and you won’t sacrifice on heat, either. Kontiki’s unit is certainly efficient – one standard 20lb propane tank gives at least ten hours of heat, and the product is easily assembled.

The world is your oyster

As you can see, when it comes to keeping warm outside, the world really is your oyster. There are a range of products that cater for all budgets and styles, all of which will do what they say on the tin; namely, to keep you warm and snug outdoors as the leaves start to fall.

It’s a special season, and one in which change is emphasized for the better. In the spirit of fall, why not make a warm decision for your outdoor space?

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