What if you could enjoy the best of your backyard all year long? Summer is the season to celebrate the outdoors, but there’s no reason why you can’t use your patio long after Labor Day. Here are the things you need to design a patio that can be savored throughout all of the seasons.
Ensure your outdoor space can withstand all types of weather.
The materials you use when designing your patio are the deciding factor in whether your outdoor space can stand strong against the elements. From flooring to a backsplash for your bar cabinets, make sure you are selecting frost resistant tile that is manufactured for outdoor applications. Having a full outdoor kitchen with bar cabinets and a kitchen island will definitely help you utilize your outdoor space more — just make sure it’s designed to withstand all types of weather.
Warm things up when the weather drops.
Being able to heat things up when temperatures drop allows you to enjoy your outdoor space well after summer ends. An outdoor fireplace or fire pit is the favorable option, because it gives your guests a place to gather as well as keep warm. Who is ready to toast some S’mores by the fire? Supplement with outdoor heaters to help you keep your entire patio warm on crisp days and chilly nights.
Pick weather-resistant furniture that can last through any season.
Make sure that your patio furniture is as weatherproof as it is stylish. Teak and resin wicker are both great picks for outdoor furniture. If your current patio furniture isn’t weather-resistant, you may be able to weatherproof it yourself by applying marine varnish. Also make it a habit of bringing in outdoor pillows and cushions during harsh weather conditions such as heavy rain or snow.
Make your patio feel like home to visiting guests.
No perfect patio is complete without the ultimate unifying experience of having your friends and family over. Use some of the extra storage in your kitchen island or bar cabinets to keep blankets and extra throw pillows. When nights on your patio are always warm and cozy, guests will feel right at home.
Keep the party going well after the sun sets.
Soon the long days of summer will come to an end and it will begin to get darker much earlier. By fully equipping your backyard and patio with lighting, you can enjoy your outdoor space even after the sun sets. Not sure where to start? Place path markers wherever guests will need to navigate from your home to your patio. Then illuminate the main area, such as your outdoor table and chairs, with spotlights. For a little extra glow and ambiance, hang some string lights around your patio.
Keep the pool open all year long.
Water activities aren’t only reserved for summer. When your backyard boasts a hot tub, you will want to go for a soak even when fall has fully arrived. Thankfully, you don’t need a lot of space to add this water attraction to your home. Even houses with small backyards can accommodate a hot tub. Are you ready to take a dip?
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