5 Ways to Enjoy Your Outdoor Living Space This Winter
Growing Need for Creating an Outdoor Living Space
With more and more time spent at home, outdoor living spaces have become a great investment. If you seek out to spend some more time outdoors, transforming your deck into a winter-friendly outdoor living space is a great way to start.
Canadian winter can get very cold, but shouldn’t limit your outdoor season. There are many ways to create a deck that’s sheltered and protected from the weather. For example, adding heaters, patio enclosures, or a fire pit can allow you to stay warm and cozy during the colder months. Here are some ideas to incorporate into your outdoor living space this season.
1. Consider Installing Deck and Patio Enclosures
Rain, snow, and ice can significantly damage your deck. Hardtop deck covers can give you the ultimate protection from the winter. You don’t have to worry about changing your patio furniture, purchasing separate covers for them, or applying an extra water-proof coat on your deck.
If you wish to make the most out of the sun, you can consider installing a glass patio cover. It can provide you with a clean and elegant look without blocking your outdoor view and shrinking the space.
If you’re looking for a more classic look and feel, wood covers are great options. They are cozy, and they can provide you with the protection you need on snowy days.
2. A Great Way to Keep Warm: Space Heaters
Installing an outdoor heater is a great way to enjoy your patio when the nights get chilly. It can provide you with a dual function by illuminating and heating the environment. Before getting space heaters, you might want to ensure that your decking and furniture are flame-resistant.
You can also consider getting a fire pit, that’s been growing in popularity over the years. There is a clear reason for that, family and friends love gathering around the fire. It serves as a focal point in your decor and provides the perfect place to drink, talk, dance, and lounge around. However, installing a fire pit requires a well-thought-out design. You may need a protective surface under it, and a spark screen on top of it to prevent fire.
3. Take It to the Next Level: Get a Hot Tub
Who wouldn’t enjoy sitting in the warm bubbly water while watching the snowfall outside? You will become everyone’s favorite party host for sure!
A hot tub can provide you with the perfect opportunity to stay warm and cozy during the cold. It can be great for entertaining friends and family or relaxing after a long day.
An advantage to a hot tub is that they are versatile. If you’re looking to create a natural and rustic setting, you can add rocks around it or for a spa look and feel, you can consider adding benches. Hot tubs can truly be a great addition to your deck while providing you with a peaceful experience.
4. Cooking Have Never Been More Fun: Create a Prep and Cooking Area
Entertaining guests has never been more fun! An outdoor bar can truly transform your patio. They are multifunctional – serving as a beverage station and a gathering spot. You can create your favorite drinks and serve them to your guests in the comfort of your home. If you have a smaller deck, you might be able to use your fence railing as a bar and get the most out of your space. Just add a couple of bar stools around it and you have your very own outdoor patio bar!
Having a bar also provides you with extra storage for bottles, glasses, and utensils. You can install a mini wine fridge cooler to store your favorite bottles of wine. This way, you don’t have to worry about opening up space in your kitchen.
Decks can also be used as dining areas. You can convert your patio into a modern outdoor BBQ by adding a grill or use it as a luxury kitchen by building in more appliances. However, you might want to investigate how to run the plumbing and gas, and if your deck can carry the weight.
5. Consider Extending Your Deck to Create a Bigger Space
If you already have a deck installed, but don’t have enough space for transforming it for the winter, consider building an extension deck. A trend we’ve seen over the past few years is that homeowners love to add new levels to their decks connected by steps. This is a great way to widen and brighten your deck.
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The past two years made us all realize the importance of spending more time outdoors. Your outdoor living space can give you the luxury of enjoying the outdoors without leaving your house.
Looking to upgrade your outdoor living space, but don’t know where to start? Our team can offer a variety of design and build packages! As the industry-leading deck builder in Toronto and beyond, we offer a free ½ hour design consultation in our showrooms. Our talented designers can get you started by visualizing your dream and proposing a functional and aesthetically pleasing design for your home. You can also get inspired by browsing backyard deck pictures online. We can help you incorporate the design of your dreams into your home. Our decks are backed by a 10-year warranty, and 30+ years of expertise.