Strategies to Keep Warm in the Wintry Outdoors
Perhaps the only downside to investing in a beautiful outdoor living space is being evicted from it for the winter. Many people brave the elements of winter to throw dinner on the grill, and sometimes our region sees an exceptionally warm day in January, but for the most part, winter means retreating indoors.
But what if you could enjoy the outdoor space year-round?
There are several ways to keep warm while enjoying your outdoor spaces in cold weather without wearing every coat in your closet!
Fire Pit – The fastest way to add heat to your outdoor living space is by adding a fire pit. Designs range from creating a built-in fire feature to purchasing a fire pit from a big box store. There are advantages to each, of course. A built-in fire pit will be integrated into your overall design and mirror the aesthetics of your landscape plan. On the other hand, a free-standing fire pit can be moved around the yard to suit your activities.
Fireplace – While not the least bit mobile, a fireplace provides an elegant and stately heat source, especially near a cozy seating area or outdoor dining space. Outdoor fireplaces beautifully anchor outdoor living spaces and are easy to clean and maintain. And if you want to get closer to the source, you can always move your furniture to warm up.
Screens – Sometimes, reducing the amount of cold wind that blows through your outdoor space can make all the difference. Consider adding a natural screen of evergreen trees to help on blustery days. Evergreens can also be added to planters for quick height and added protection. Artificial screens can also be created as fences, decorative panels or movable sections. Plus, you may get a little more privacy in the process!
Finally, don’t underestimate the coziness of taking your indoors out. Grab your favorite throws and a hot beverage and enjoy our region’s sunny days and relatively moderate winters.