Do you miss hanging out on your deck? Now that the weather’s cooler, many people look longingly through their windows and remember how much fun they had in their outdoor living space. It doesn’t have to end. Here are some ways to enjoy the crisp cool air with family and friends while still being warm and comfortable:
FIREPLACE FAMILY TIME
Outdoor fireplaces are great for cool summer evenings but even better for chilly fall nights. Whether stand-alone or built into a wall or other hardscape option, you’d be surprised how large a radius of heat a fireplace can generate. A fireplace area is a perfect place to enjoy more evening meals or for gathering back at the house for hot chocolate after your kids’ games. And if you have an enclosed deck, a TV mounted above your fireplace can make you feel like you’re right there at the stadium watching the game.
For the fireplace surface, the design and choice of materials are up to you. Typical options are stone, brick, and stucco, and each works well depending on your style of home and personal preference.
You’ll be amazed at how attractive you can make your fireplace area, especially when you place attractive all-weather sofas and chairs around it. And don’t forget the seasonal plants. You can beautify the space by replacing your summer container gardens with fall foliage or evergreens.
FUN AROUND THE FIRE PIT
A well-designed and situated fire pit means you can enjoy the fun of a campfire close to home (and without the fear of bears). Fire pits are perfect for staying cozy while gazing up at the stars and listening to the crackling of the fire. You can have hotdog roasts, make s’mores, and enjoy campfire rituals the way they were meant to be enjoyed—outdoors!
The fire pit can be part of your deck or can be placed in your back yard. Again, the design and materials are up to you and can range from hearth-style to sunken to many other options. For a source of heat, some people choose gas or propane rather than wood.
With outdoor decorations and perhaps a bird feeder to attract beautiful cardinals and other birds through the winter, you’re ready to enjoy the cold weather in style.
So, don’t feel your outdoor fun is over because the weather has turned colder. With a well-designed fireplace or fire pit surrounded by comfortable seating systems, your enjoyment can continue right through the winter.