After you meticulously plan your outdoor space, you want to add a variety of features like a fountain or a pond. To enjoy these to their fullest extent, you also need outdoor heating and lighting so that regardless of the season summer or winter you can comfortably spend time outdoors without feeling the chill.
Planning your outdoor heating
Perhaps the first step is to think of outdoor fireplaces. Even as you plan your patio furniture, you might want to start thinking of different patio heater options. If you want to spend a lot of time outdoors, you might want to build an outdoor fireplace. Your patio fireplace can be:
- Cast iron chimineas
- Clay chimineas
- Aluminum chimineas
- Fire pit or Backyard pit
- Tabletop patio heaters
- Permanent Masonry fireplace
Now, the next thing is to consider your fuel options. Chimineas use small logs of firewood, preferably fat wood. Apart from outdoor wood burning fireplaces and wood stoves you can also opt for gas fireplaces or gas fireplace inserts in your hearth if you do not want your landscape getting smoky. This does away with the hassle of cleaning out ash and a dirty chimney after each use since gas fireplaces can be operated and controlled through a switch just as with electric fireplaces. Of course you can also enjoy the occasional campfire on those warm evenings when you do not really need an outdoor heater. Your outdoor fireplace will invariably have a cooking option so that you can have barbecue weekends, enjoying the smoky flavor of your beef in its basting sauce and the other spices. You can enjoy some great outdoor cooking with your outdoor cooking equipment, while you enjoy the warmth of the hearth. You can also go in for those charcoal grills for some extreme grilling.
You would certainly need to invest in outdoor heating covers for your heat sources. If you are using a chiminea, a cover can keep the dust and debris out of it when it is not in use. Outdoor heater covers are available in various weatherproof materials.
Your outdoor lighting options
Once you are through with planning your outdoor heating you will need to provide adequate landscape lighting which can include floodlights, in ground lights, path lights, lanterns and torches or spotlights. An alternative energy option is solar powered landscape lights so that you can save on energy bills.
If you plan to go in for solar landscape lights, you can choose from floodlights, path lights, lanterns, and torches, All of these are powered by the solar battery for landscape lights, which derives its energy from the sun. The choice is practically unlimited!
For special holiday themed landscape lighting like solar Christmas lights, LED lights, and rope lights can be found in your local home décor or home interior store.
Outdoor spotlights are quite popular for accent lighting. You can use LED spotlights that are long lasting. For more ambient lighting outdoor floodlights are more suitable. These can be portable floodlights, which are electric floodlights or rechargeable floodlights. Options for task lighting are outdoor tabletop lighting in the form of solar tabletop lights, electric tabletop lights and holiday tabletop lights for special occasions. If you would rather go for outdoor lanterns and torches, you have garden lanterns like electric table lanterns, hanging electric lanterns, propane lanterns and camping lanterns that can be put away after use. Many people go in for electric torches as patio torches all over the landscape for only those areas needing to be lit. For emergency torches, you can always keep one that runs on oil so that you do not depend on electricity.
About The Author: Jonathan Goodman is the owner of Market Merchants an online retailer specializing in home and garden products. My passion for bbq grilling and fireplaces is the core focus of Market Merchants. I am a member of the Hearth Patio Barbeque Association (HPBA), the National BBQ group (NBBQ), and the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS). We sell these products because we love them and are passionate about consumer living needs. So whether its furniture and decor, home improvement, kitchen and dining, or outdoor living Market Merchants brings a dedicated commitment to the customer and a passion for high quality products. Visit the Market Merchants website: http://marketmerchants.com