How to: Create a Winter-Friendly Outdoor Living Space

Posted October 31, 2020 in Uncategorized

Covered Patio, Clark County WA real estate agent

The arrival of fall and winter marks an end to time spent lounging and dining al fresco on the patio. But cold air does not necessarily mean patio furniture must be packed up until flowers bloom anew in spring.

We are all looking to expand the functionality of our homes by investing in outdoor living spaces. The popularity of outdoor living spaces has increased significantly, highlighting just how much we enjoy spending time outdoors. By making outdoor living spaces winterproof, these areas of our homes can be enjoyed even more.

* Cover your deck: A covered deck may appear to make the space less enjoyable during spring and summer.  However, covered decks can protect residents from the sun on especially hot days while also making the space more functional in winter. An overhead shelter on a deck can be outfitted with heaters (and fans to provide a cooling effect in summer) and allow residents to sit outside and watch snow fall without getting wet.

* Plant the right trees.  Coniferous trees prevent wind, which can especially harsh in winter. If you are unsure about which direction wind typically comes from, you can consult a landscape architect to determine where to plant the trees to ensure they’re most effective.

* Fire up the patio.  A firepit or fireplace can warm up an outdoor living area, making such a space warm and cozy even on a cold winter night.  A patio with a built-in firepit can be a larger investment, but such an addition can withstand winter weather better than a standalone firepit, which might be vulnerable to being tipped over by winter winds.

* Install lighting. The sun sets early in the winter, so homeowners won’t be able to reply on natural light to illuminate their outdoor living spaces well into the evening like they do in summer.  Heat lamps can be used to both warm and illuminate a space, serving dual, budget-friendly functions.

With the right adjustments, outdoor living spaces can be enjoyed throughout winter.

Krista Cunningham
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