Many homeowners design their outdoor spaces and backyard decks with summertime in mind, keeping the focus squarely on fun in the sun. But when the summer temperatures cool off, there’s no reason to leave your great backyard out in the cold. With all the time and money invested in your outdoor living space, it’s a shame to lose it to cold weather. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make your outdoor entertaining area more inviting during the fall and winter. The hottest in outdoor living trends can help you enjoy your backyard in the cooling weather.

Cover Up

Outdoor structures such as pavilions, pergolas, and covered porches are ideal for creating a cozy and warm atmosphere. You can enhance your heat retention by adding some heavy curtains or hardscape panels around the sides of your outdoor structure. Not only will this prevent heat from escaping, but it also adds a sleek and cozy touch to your outdoor living space. Try to use outdoor fabric or landscape materials that can withstand fall and winter weather conditions so your investment is looking its best all year long. Patios, pavilions, and pergolas can all offer a range of practical solutions that will enhance the quality of your cold-weather-life in your outdoor space. Bonus: they also add to the beauty and value of your home.

Get Toasty

If you don’t have space or inclination for an outdoor structure, take heart…you can still enjoy fall evenings outside in front of a hot fire. Freestanding, outdoor fireplaces, when designed out of durable stone, will hold up to even the harshest of climates. Outdoor fireplaces add an upscale feel to your backyard while keeping your guests warm at the same time. Not only will a fire feature add some warmth to the chilly air, but it will also serve as a social hub and focal point for your outdoor living space. Fireplaces can be built using a variety of materials and in a plethora of styles. You are likely to find a wood-burning or gas-fueled fireplace that will seamlessly match the style and atmosphere of your outdoor space.

Add Some Real Heat

When you need to provide serious heat but an open fire isn’t an option, choose from portable or permanent outdoor heating options. For a portable option, consider a heat lamp or a heater made to look like a fireplace. These units can generate enough heat to warm up a small gathering, and they won’t break the budget. Just make sure your outdoor space has an adequate power supply for something of this nature.

If you’re leaning toward a more permanent option, consider installing a wall mounted heater. These outdoor heaters are great for covered outdoor spaces and balconies. Because of their sleek and off the floor design, they are a perfect choice for patios that don’t have a lot of space and tend to go well with modern outdoor sitting areas. Wall mounted heaters are the perfect choice if you want your existing outdoor space to remain the focal point of your guests. They are designed to stay out of sight and out of the way so guests and patio furniture can have more room. PA Landscape Group utilizes offerings from Bromic Heating. They offer two distinctive ranges –  Platinum Smart-Heat™ gas and electric heaters, and the Tungsten Smart-Heat™ electric, gas or portable outdoor heaters.

Light up the (Early) Evening

One of the best parts of spending time on your patio in the summer? Staying outdoors late, especially when the sun doesn’t set until the kid’s bedtime. But the fun doesn’t have to end even when it starts to get dark at dinner. Lighting is key when it comes to setting the mood, especially during dark cold nights. Fall means fun gatherings around your outdoor fireplace. Catching a game on your outdoor screen. And parties of course! All reasons to consider outdoor lighting to illuminate your outdoor fun. Think of all your favorite outdoor pursuits that make you happy during the day, from entertaining on the patio to strolling through the garden. They can all be achieved through outdoor lighting. Read in detail about our suggested outdoor lighting options here.

With ideas like fireplaces, outdoor heating systems, and cozy structures, you can continue using your outdoor living space in all but the worst of the cold weather! The designers at PA Landscape Group, Inc. take into consideration your backyards size and family’s needs. We offer expert opinions on the different options and features that would benefit your outdoor space throughout the seasons.