If the thought of spending the next several months inside is too much to bear, know that you can still reclaim your outdoor space in time for some serious use this winter. No matter if you already have a covered space that you’re making over, you’re in the process of covering your outdoor space, or you’re just looking to add a more year-round quality to your property there’s always small adjustments you can make to your home so it will better suit your needs.
As we’ve covered in previous articles, the best time for construction is after the summer when the ground is harder and construction companies have more availability. If you prefer to admire the snowfall from a dry spot, you should consider covering your patio. The cost and timeline for this can vary greatly, Wall cautions, depending on your current structure and wish list.
Of course, no winter-friendly outdoor space is complete without a heat source. A fire element adds instant coziness to your outdoor living spaces. Professionals can install fire pits, fireplaces, and even seating so that you can enjoy your hardscape year-round. If your patio isn’t covered, be sure to check that your fire pit comes with a cover, which can keep it safe in inclement weather.
If you have an enclosed outdoor area such as the increasingly popular “she shed”, grey days and early sunsets mean you need to amp up your lighting. You can do this by installing a light into an existing outdoor fan or even using table and floor lamps. Add a whimsical touch by stringing twinkle lights or these exposed Edison bulbs over your seating area. These charming additions to your space will have you eager to spend time in your outdoor bungalow all winter long, with your space heater of course.
One of the most interesting innovations in comfortable outdoor habitats for the winter is the creation of the heated igloos. If you’d like to try one before installing your own, check out Urban Vines Winery & Brewing Co. in Westfield! This establishment has the only heated igloos in the Indianapolis area and is now accepting reservations to check them out for yourself throughout the winter months. Each igloo can hold a maximum of 8 people, so be sure to bring your friends!
Just because winter is here doesn’t mean you have to settle for dead flower pots on your porch or patio. Bring in some greenery by adding small pines or evergreens to your porch pots. When the winter ends and you’re ready for summer flowers in your pots, you can transplant your evergreens into your home’s landscape.
There will certainly be chilly and cold days this winter, but you’ll still be able to enjoy the fresh air and the peace of your outdoor living space with a few steps toward a lighter and warmer environment.