Spending time in your backyard or on your deck with family is great fun during the spring and summer, but what about the rest of the year? You shouldn’t have to sit inside during the fall and winter months, gazing longingly at the backyard, with the change of season.
Wouldn’t it be great to get maximum use out of your outdoor spaces all year long? In this article we’ll share the top 6 outdoor living space ideas to inspire a backyard transformation that could have you and the family enjoying the outdoors throughout the year.
1. Add a Fire Pit
A fire pit can be one of the most useful additions to your outdoor living space. Roast hotdogs and marshmallows over an open fire in the summer and cozy up by the fire with a hot beverage during the cooler months (a mug of apple cider comes to mind). Set a rule of no phones and your fire pit can be a wonderful place for family bonding, with conversation and hot coco.
Incorporating a fire pit can also help you make some great family memories while creating a dramatic focal point in your backyard. Fire pits are available in a variety of different styles and sizes, and can be either permanent or portable (which gives you the flexibility to move it around). You can also choose either a gas or wood-fired option.
2. Add More Lights
Once it starts getting dark earlier, adding lights to your backyard and/or patio will allow you to take advantage of the longer nights during autumn and winter. Illuminating your outdoor space creates an inviting atmosphere for gatherings of any size throughout the year. Here are some excellent lighting options to consider:
- Path markers
- Patio string lights
- Exterior lighting fixtures are available in LED and solar to meet your needs and budget.
3. Furniture, Pillows, and Throws
Adding some cozy outdoor furniture helps create a warm atmosphere and encourages gatherings. Furniture made from powder-coated steel, polyresin wicker, and teak are durable, hold up well against the elements, and last several seasons. During the colder months add plenty of fluffy pillows and blankets for relaxing and cuddling around the fire pit.
4. Plant a Winter Garden
Who says you can only enjoy flowers during the warmer months? Planting a winter garden gives you beautiful blooms to admire all year long. Some flowers that bloom in the winter include pansies, violas, winter jasmine, and shade-loving Pieris.
If you want to add variety with blooming shrubs, winterberry, camellia, witch hazel, and mahonia have colorful berries and blooms to brighten your garden and create a cheerful winter atmosphere.
5. Add a Patio Roof
Do you deal with a lot of rain in the fall and winter? A covered outdoor living space is the optimal solution. Building a roof over your deck or adding a pergola or gazebo top to cover your patio will provide protection from the elements while spending time in the great outdoors. If you are starting from scratch building a new deck with a patio roof, use this handy deck material calculator to find out how much material you will need to complete the project.
6. Put in a Hot Tub
If you have some room in your budget to splurge, nothing says outdoor fun and luxury all season long like a hot tub. Adding a hot tub to your outdoor living space will give you and the family a great reason to make some year-round memories. Similar to fire pits, hot tubs are available in a variety of different sizes and style. Your hot tub can be built into your existing deck or portable. If you’ve never had the pleasure of slipping into a steamy hot tub during a snowstorm or in freezing temperatures, you are in for a unique experience.
Related Topic: Plans to Improve Your Outdoor Space
Although the seasons may change and the weather outside gets more challenging, it doesn’t mean you and your family have to be confined indoors. If you’re ready to create an all-season outdoor living space but need help, the pros at Mr. Handyman are ready to assist you. We can help bring your vision for your backyard to life! We will discuss ideas, develop a plan and work with your budget to make it all happen. Call us today at, (877) 685–1377 or request service online to build the outdoor space you’ve always dreamed of.