Spending time outdoors is good for all of us. Yes, even in winter! As you soak up sunshine, you can support your immune system as your body responds by generating vitamin D. Plus, fresh air and natural light boosts your mood.
But for those reluctant to spend time outside when the weather turns cooler, creating a cozy outdoor space can help. These ideas can transition your yard and patio from summer to winter, and help you enjoy your yard all year long.
Add a heater. Portable patio heaters are easy to set up, and are the most obvious solution for your cold-weather blues. And you might be amazed at how much heat they can provide.
Fire up the grill. Barbecuing isn’t just for the summer months. Move your grill a bit closer to the seating area – or vice versa – and the extra heat can help you stay warm. Try a few winter-themed recipes, like pairing grilled turkey with seasonal veggies.
Or, just install a fire pit. A fire pit serves as both a heat source and a conversation starter. Gather the family around the fire to tell stories and roast marshmallows.
Add outdoor entertainment. An outdoor movie screen or sound system can help you entertain the whole family, or just catch up on the evening news in a relaxing environment.
Bask in a hot tub. Those who miss soaking in the swimming pool might appreciate the soothing warmth of a hot tub. It’s fun for the whole family, or put the kids to bed and enjoy a late “date night” with your spouse.
Cover up. Adding a patio cover can help to retain a bit of heat, and keeps the rain out. What is more soothing than relaxing on the back porch, a cup of coffee in hand, listening to a soft drizzle?
Decorate for the season. Finally, don’t forget to decorate your cozy outdoor oasis. Add seasonal decorations and pops of color with new cushions, throw pillows, cool-weather flowers, and wreaths. A string of lights makes everything more festive.
To discuss any of these ideas, give us a call. We can help you design and install fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and other fun features that enhance the enjoyment of your home while blending seamlessly with existing aesthetics.