Patio Living

The patio is no longer a place where one has merely an array of weatherproof chairs clustered around a table. The boundaries between living rooms and the patio have blurred and there’s an emergence of lounging in luxury.

The furnishings that grace undercover patios have become softer. The fabrics used for cushions and upholstery are more expensive and dining tables with their matching occasional chairs are taking a back seat to comfy couches, corner settees with matching ottomans, coffee tables and daybeds.

For more exposed patios and outdoor living in the garden, supersized umbrellas and gazebos have become popular. Mobility is big – fridges and gas stoves in their own units – on wheels and braai combos – on wheels.

Amongst the available braais and cooking units, the Home Fires gas braais offer amazing versatility. One can char-grill, griddle, roast, spit-grill, fry and stirfry a variety of delicious meals outdoors. Their mobile braais come in a choice of charcoal/wood or gas. Built-in braais have a potjie fitting and a choice of grids, steak plates and a bread oven.

The portable jacuzzi or spa has been around for some time and continues to be popular. In fact, portable spas currently make up 75% of all spa sales worldwide. Electricity consumption is relatively low, maintenance is minimal and the therapeutic effects undoubted. The massage action of the hydrojets is known to activate endorphins, relieving stress and soothing sore muscles.

And now that we are approaching autumn, look out for a way of adding warmth without the mess. The answer is to get a few Biofires. These fires are fuelled by Biofuel, which is made from sugarcane. The fuel is non-toxic, smokeless, odourless and environmentally friendly. As there is no need for a chimney, they can be placed anywhere, on a table, on the floor or on a ledge, to add atmosphere and ambience to any patio.

Article by: Bev Hermanson - www.designmagazine.co.za