Looking to extend the use of your outdoor living area this fall and winter?
We’ve got a couple of ideas that can help you get the most out of your patio, deck, or firepit area.
Using your outdoor space can be seasonal in Minnesota, and summer always feels too short. But it doesn’t have to, especially if it means you’re using your patio or deck for longer in the fall and sooner in the spring.
As the air gets cooler and the days get shorter, it can be hard to use your outdoor space comfortably. But it doesn’t have to be.
Here are some tips on how to extend the use of your outdoor living space into the cooler months.
1. Add an outdoor heater
One of the most obvious ways to increase the use of your outdoor space is by adding a heat source. Whatever your budget is, there is a heater that will work for your area. They come in a range of prices with a variety of power source options.
Standing heaters that run off propane or natural gas are a great choice for most spaces. An electric heater is also an option and is a lower upfront cost and will cost less to use than a gas-powered heater. A cost-effective and eco-friendly option is a solar-powered heater.
2. Add a fire pit
Similar to adding a heater, a fire pit has the added bonus of its aesthetic appeal. It is easy to create your own with bricks or large rocks. Or you have one installed by professionals.
has the added bonus of its aesthetic appeal. It is easy to create your own with bricks or large rocks. Or you have one installed by professionals.
Like an outdoor heater, there are a variety of fuel source options. If burning wood isn’t allowed where you live, you can install a fire pit that is gas-fueled.
3. Add a little coverage
There’s nothing that defines a space like walls or a roof. Features like a pergola or gazebo give a space the feeling of an outdoor room. Adding an awning or walls can create a cozy atmosphere in the cooler months. If you already have a patio, you can add outdoor curtains to keep the heat in and keep rain and wind out.
4. Cozy texture
Adding extra textiles to your outdoor space will help keep the cool away while keeping your guests warm. Blankets, throw pillows or an outdoor rug are all great ways to make your space a little warmer and more comfortable. A pile of low-cost, cozy blankets is great to have handy when a little more warmth is needed.
7. Winter grilling
Using your grill doesn’t need to end with the hot summer days. Grilling meats and veggies can be done year-round, even in the snow, and is an ideal way to enjoy your outdoor space a little longer. You might want to move your grill a little closer to the house and make sure there is a path clear of snow. Also, keep in mind that the grill will take longer to heat in the winter.
Give Great Goats Landscaping a call
Give Great Goats Landscaping a call today to talk about how you could use some of these ideas to extend the use of your outdoor living space in the fall and winter months.