How to Design a Patio and Outdoor Space that You Can Use All Year

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Patios, porches, and yards aren’t just for summer anymore. With attractive design elements and your creativity, you can enjoy your patio and outdoor space every season of the year.

8 Ways to Make Your Patio and Outdoor Space Suitable for Every Season

1. Cover the Space

An awning or other enclosure will enable you to sit outside even if it’s sprinkling or snowing. Having the shelter will also protect you from the heat of the sun in the summer.

2. Brighten the Setting

In the dead of winter, it gets dark here in Michigan by 5:30 p.m., forcing many people indoors where’s there’s more light. Add more lighting outside, especially around your patio, porch, and walkways, and you will create a safer, more welcoming environment outdoors even in the winter. Adding decorative lights in your landscaping and garden or hanging lanterns around your patio will enhance the ambience as well.

3. Make it Warm and Cozy

A source of heat may be the single most important factor necessary to inspire your friends and family to spend time outdoors in the fall, winter, and early spring. An in-ground fire pit or outdoor fireplace could also add a beautiful design element to your backyard, providing a pleasant area to socialize over a warm drink. You can also opt for a simple outdoor heater as well. Remember to make blankets and pillows readily available by storing them inside near your patio.

4. Dine Outdoors

Who says a barbecue grill is only for summertime? With the right patio and backyard design, you can grill outside anytime you want. Turn on that outdoor fireplace and enjoy the meal outside with your family and friends.

But there’s no need to limit your outdoor dining to grilling. Sip on a bowl of warm soup around your fire pit, or enjoy a fresh salad around your patio table. Anything you can eat indoors can be enjoyed outdoors as well.

5. Buy the Right Patio Furniture

Having comfortable furniture that can withstand all of the outdoor elements – from sun to snow – is another important factor in creating a patio and outdoor space that are suitable for every season. People should be relaxed as they’re sitting outside for a long conversation or even to complete their homework or job assignments.

6. Add a Hot Tub

Adding a hot tub on your patio or in your backyard means you can stay warm while staring up at the stars, be it spring, summer, or fall. It’s also an opportunity to socialize with friends, who won’t be able to resist stopping by even in the middle of winter just to be able to warm up in that relaxing tub.

7. All About the Fun and Games

Bring your games, computers, or even a TV outside. Once you turn on the lights, fire up the fireplace, pour some drinks into your cups, and get comfortable on that beautiful patio furniture, you can sit outside for hours watching the game or laughing over the latest party game.

You can even turn a section of your backyard into an ice skating rink for impromptu hockey games or tell scary stories while sitting around the outdoor fireplace on your patio. With the right design, you can enjoy your outdoor space however you want to.

8. Spruce Up the Patio for the Season

Decorating your patio with pumpkins in October, strings of lights in December, hearts in February, flowers for mom in May, and the good ol’ red, white, and blue in July creates an inviting atmosphere.

Along those lines, if you enjoy gardening, your patio is the perfect place to grow herbs in pots while having them easily accessible.

Incorporate Outdoor Elements into Your New Home

With all of the above elements added together, you will find yourself enjoying your patio and outdoor space all year long. If you’re planning on buying a new construction home from Singh, ask us about how we can work with you to create a patio and outdoor living space that will fulfill your vision.


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