Outdoor Living

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Living Space

Home Hardware
  • June 21, 2016

Your cottage is a place of serenity and relaxation. It’s where you go to unwind over the weekend or to rejuvenate during a vacation. Creating an outdoor living space out of your patio for your home-away-from-home is almost like giving your cottage an extra room. Your extra room should be an enjoyable space to spend your summer days but, before a shopping spree to spruce up your patio, there are a few things to consider.

Patio Furniture

First, you will need to figure out how you will be using the space. Will it be for dining or lounging? How many people do you want to accommodate? Do you want something waterproof?

If you will be using the area for a small group of people, you will want to pick a comfortable furniture set, such as the Heritage Wood and Wicker Collection. The collection is covered with all-weather rustic weather wicker, made with rust-proof aluminum frames and finished antique wooden legs. The cushions are polyester so they are waterproof and can be left outdoors. The collection’s end table can play a dual role: it can be a standalone end table or it can be placed over the Double Ottoman for a handy coffee table to set drinks. The Double Ottoman and end table are optional or everything can be purchased as a set.

Patio sets


With all of the makes and models, sometimes buying a barbecue can be like buying a car. Like the patio furniture, there are many things to consider when choosing the perfect barbecue. Three good questions to think about are:

  1. Will you be entertaining a lot? If so, it is a good idea to get a barbecue with a large cooking surface. Even a side burner would come in handy for large amounts of food.
  2. How much will you use the barbecue? Make sure to compare durability, maintenance, and fuel requirements (propane or natural gas).
  3. What kind of food will you be serving? Will you need a rotisserie? If you will mostly be cooking hot dogs and hamburgers, purchase a barbecue with two heat zones: one for searing and one for temperature adjustment. If you will mostly be cooking seafood and vegetables, multiple heat zones and a large cooking surface are important as well. You should look for a nonstick surface or grate that you can oil as you go along.

The Weber Genesis Series Barbecue combines all of these requirements into one quality grill. It has two work stations on either side, a warming rack, a place to hang your barbecue tools, and a smoker box to give your food that special summer flavour.

BBQ features

With these guidelines, a little time and a lot of imagination, you can turn your patio into your own personal paradise.

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