With the arrival of cooler weather, you’re less likely to spend time outdoors. You can still enjoy the porch, patio, or deck when you take steps to make these areas cozy. Here are some tips to help you warm up outdoor living spaces.

Protect Yourself From the Elements

An enclosed patio offers some protection from the elements, but if that’s not already an existing option at your home, there are other ways to add warmth to your outdoor spaces.

Block the Wind

To help warm outdoor spaces, shield the area from the cold. Add a screen to your patio or deck to keep windy conditions from contributing to cooler temperatures. A windscreen can be a structural addition, like a solid wall. Alternatively, you might install a fabric screen or hang heavy outdoor curtains. To create a natural wind block, get creative with the landscaping by adding compact hedges that leave little space for wind to blow through.

Use Fire to Warm Up Outdoor Living Spaces

If you have an area of your property where you can build a fire pit, and your neighborhood or city doesn’t restrict it, fire will help warm your outdoor living space. Follow city ordinances and place your fire pit a safe distance away from structures in a clear and open area.

If the yard isn’t an option, a chiminea is a nice addition to your deck or open patio. Follow the instructions and always have a fire blanket and fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.

Other Ideas to Warm Up Outdoor Living Spaces

Stay warm outside and create a cozy atmosphere without compromising the natural beauty of your home.

  • If you have the budget, install either radiant flooring or a gas-powered fireplace right on your deck or balcony to tame the cold weather and to add value to your home.
  • Rugs and blankets help make a comfortable outside living space. Set up the backyard deck for stargazing even when the weather is chilly.
  • Invest in an outdoor heater to warm the space. You can find electric and gas-powered models.
  • A hot tub is a great way to enjoy the outdoors on a cold fall or winter night at your home.

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