Outdoor living spaces are some of the best value-added assets to homes today, in addition to being highly-used areas. Take it over the top by making the space functional for wintertime as well!
For the perfect winter setting, add a heating source like an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit…or both as each could potentially serve a different purpose. Warmth is the main goal, but fire and lighting are aesthetic draws. Let’s start with a look at outdoor fireplaces.
Outdoor fireplaces can be simple or stately oozing charm in addition to heat. Construction-quality fireplaces will be the best bet to keep a covered patio or porch in compliance with building codes. No one wants a fire hazard! If the area is small, a fireplace may overwhelm the space and offer too much heat. In that case, take a look at other sources like firepits or propane heating lamps. Building a covered pergola and adding a fireplace to a corner or an end has become more and more popular in backyard renovations. Add a landscape lighting plan to the mix and you’ve got a backyard you can enjoy year around.
Fire pits can be uniquely built for any size space and adapted to several different surfaces depending on the need. Inground firepits are designated places for a fire and perfect for socializing, roasting marshmallows and hotdogs. These can be constructed on an existing concrete patio or on a new stained and stamped concrete patio. While most will use wood as the heat source, gas can be incorporate as well. Consider adding a gas starter to your firepit for easy start up on a chilly winter night.
Other ways to make an outdoor living space attractive and functional for the winter season include: adding a heater and some brighter lighting to the swimming pool, covering or enclosing the patio to protect from the elements and create a cozier space to lounge, hang a television for entertainment and upgrade outdoor chairs to something comfy with cushions.
Don’t forget that quality construction will yield value to the home, create beautiful end products and offer a place to gain ideas and information prior to any project. Make an appointment with Handyman Professionals for the perfect start to your winter outdoor living space.