Outdoor living spaces are great for personal relaxation, family time, and group gatherings. Many people think that spring and summer are the only times of year to enjoy outdoor spaces. On the contrary, the right features and design allow you to enjoy your space during the fall and winter. Here are a few tips from Breyer Construction on how to design a “season-proof” outdoor living space.
Decks and Underdecks
If your home already has a deck or you going to build one in the future, consider utilizing the underdeck (the space underneath the deck). With an adequate drainage system, this space can be enclosed to be used during the fall and winter months. Add a space heater and some all-weather furniture, and you’re on your way to a warm space year-round.
Patios, Screened Porches, and Firepits
A popular alternative to a deck is a patio. This paved area is perfect for accessorizing to combat the colder fall and winter months. One popular addition for warmth is a firepit. Here are a few firepit options that could complement your design:
- Gas firepit
- Wood-burning firepit
- Gas fireplace with a television above
If you choose to incorporate a television into your design, consider adding a roof for coverage for both your guests and your technology. These additions make your patio perfect for spending time with loved ones or watching the big game.
Do you ever feel down and less energetic in the winter? An enclosed sunroom can be the perfect solution. The screened-in space allows you to enjoy the sun of spring and summer, and an added fireplace allows you to enjoy it in the fall and winter. For versatility, add some furniture, a table, and a television set. This will allow you to use this space in a variety of ways, whether it is for a family dinner, a get together with friends, or some personal relaxation time.
When designing, outdoor living spaces accessories can make your area unique and customized to your exact desires. Whether you are looking to use your space to entertain or for your family’s use, there are features and add-ons available to achieve your goals. Here are some examples of popular accessories:
- Roof or covered porch
- All-weather furniture
- Outdoor kitchen
- Pavilion or gazebo
- Curtains and hardscape panels
Instead of metal, consider using wicker or plastic furniture with cushions so that the seats do not get as cold in the winter. An outdoor kitchen could turn your deck/patio/sunroom into a social hub and focal point of the house. Curtains and hardscape panels keep warm air from escaping in the winter.
Create Your Outdoor Space
If you are looking to add an outdoor space to your home that your family can enjoy year-round, Breyer Construction can help. We specialize in custom decks, patios, and sunrooms, and can help renovate your current spaces to meet your needs and desires. Contact us today to learn more about how we can make your dream space a reality.