The winter season brings snow, freezing temperatures and occasionally unbearable weather, often discouraging many homeowners from enjoying their backyards once temperatures start to drop.
But your backyard and outdoor patio can still be a space for entertaining and relaxation during the winter months — if you design it the right way. Whether it’s adding a concrete fire pit or an outdoor covered kitchen, you can give your family a backyard that’s inviting and enjoyable all year long.
Update Your Outdoor Furniture
Make the most of your outdoor space by adding the right details. But don’t just design with standard patio furniture or wrought iron tables and chairs.
Be sure to include statement pieces and accessories that invite comfort: Think warm cushions and pillows, large rugs, and fabrics that add softness and character to your space.
Plan for freezing temperatures and precipitation with weather-resilient patio furniture: Look for fabric that features UV-resistant, powder-coated finishes and longer warranties. You can also keep furniture covers on hand for protection.
Winterize Your Outdoor Design
You can still cook a delicious dinner in the cold of winter with the right outdoor kitchen or grill. Just be sure to winterize the space:
- Turn off any water valves and gas lines.
- Clean out your ice maker and fridge regularly.
- Keep appliances and grills covered to protect them from wind, snow and ice.
And when it comes to the landscaping, keep foliage looking fresh by surrounding the area with plants that thrive in the cold. Christmas roses, snowdrops and spruces will beautify your backyard all winter long. Ground covers like dianthus, or a succulent like dragon’s blood sedum, will add color to your outdoor design and don’t require excessive maintenance.
Add protection from the cold, wind and snow by adding a roof or a pergola to your patio. You can include curtains or drapes to keep the area cozy; this also adds privacy and a bit of soundproofing. You’ll also appreciate the coverage (and shade) during the summer when temperatures get higher.
Invest in Lighting
Daylight savings can make it hard to enjoy the outdoors when the sun goes down before dinner. But installing additional light can bring warmth and ambience to your outdoor space. String lights, solar lamps and candles all add a bit more brightness to your patio, and give the space an inviting, cozy feel.
Warm Up Your Design Even Further
Homeowners can create a comfortable and inviting outdoor patio by investing in additional heat sources.
- Add heat lamps that keep your family warm while providing extra lighting.
- Heated furniture can take your outdoor environment to next-level warm.
- Keep heating pads or a heated blanket around when it’s extra chilly.
- Include a fire pit for guests and family to gather around.
There are plenty of DIY fire pit projects out there for homeowners who enjoy building their own designs. You can make your fire pit the focal point of your entire backyard area, or use concrete fire bowls to lead your guests to the patio with a cheery and warm ambiance.
Traditional outdoor fireplaces can require a lot of upkeep and some are difficult to get started in wet, cold weather. Unlike wood-burning fire pits, Dekko’s concrete fire pits have minimal maintenance requirements. With Dekko’s propane and gas fire pits, staying warm is as easy as flipping a switch, no matter what the temperature is outside.
With the addition of a concrete fire pit, you can completely transform your outdoor space. Dekko’s lightweight concrete fire pits are less than half the weight of traditional concrete versions, so it’s easy to install in any outdoor design.
Keep Cozy This Winter
You don’t have to wait until it’s warm to enjoy your backyard design.
Even in winter, Dekko fire pits can be installed in your backyard, patio or wherever you want to add a touch of style and warmth. The high-quality materials mean your fire pit won’t flake, peel or require sealant — and the warranty means it will maintain its look for years. Paired with weatherizing accessories, like fire pit covers, glass wind guards and propane tank covers, anyone can have a cozy winter escape in their own backyard.
Check out Dekko’s full line of fire pits for one that best suits your needs this season (or contact them about custom projects).