Creating a Warm Deck or Patio Space for Winter
January 1, 2019
In New England, winter creates a picturesque scene that is perfect for entertaining outdoors. From backyard barbeques to quiet evenings spent on the patio, it is important to make sure that the backyard area set up is a relaxing scene that is filled with warmth. Here are the essential elements every homeowner should include when creating a warm deck or patio space for the upcoming winter.
Include an Outdoor Fireplace
Fireside chats and cooking sessions are a favorite pastime of New England families, and adding an outdoor fireplace can make it possible to bask in the warmth of the flames while fending off the winter chill. According to the National Organization of Realtors, backyard kitchens are a hot trend, and both portable and permanent fire pits and fireplaces can extend one’s home into the outdoors while adding value.
Provide Shelter from the Elements
When winter storms arrive, there is no reason to take the party indoors. Add roof coverings instead to enhance the outdoor ambiance. Depending on the style of decoration chosen; pergolas, awnings and other covering can be used to provide shelter from the elements. Those who prefer a flexible shelter will find retractable awnings and roofs that act as a covering to the patio in the winter and can be pulled back to let in the summer sun.
Add Warmth with Decorations
Once a fireplace has been created to be a focal point and the patio has the right type of shelter, it will be time to go on adding the decorative touches that can truly set the scene. Heating lamps can be used in place of traditional outdoor lighting, and they will cast a soft glow while warming up the space. Decorative throw pillows, candles and all-weather rugs can also be used to warm up the patio as everyone gathers around the fire.
This winter, spending time outdoors can be as warm as cozy as an evening spent inside. Starting with a fire pit as a focal point, a weatherproof roof or awning and adding cozy decorations, New England homeowners can venture outdoors and stay warm while taking in the scenic winter view.