This time of year, many New Englanders mourn the fact that deck and patio season just feels too short. Temperatures are cooler, days are shorter, and we long for the warm summer weather we enjoyed from Memorial Day to Labor Day. When autumn arrives, it’s easy to think we have to shutter ourselves in the house every night because the kids have gone back to school and the sun is setting earlier. But there are some great ways to put your backyard and other outdoor spaces to use right up until the first frost.
Do it now
Help your deck or patio transition from summer to fall with updated seating. Add plush pillows and cozy blankets to the chairs and chaises usually used for lounging in the sun. An outdoor area rug can add to the feel of warmth and intimacy outdoors. Lighting can have the same effect. Consider inexpensive twinkle lights and lanterns for accents. Want to offer your guests a menu of seasonal beverages? Swap out the beer cooler for a hot toddy station or carafes of coffee, hot cocoa, and cider. For additional warmth, purchase a manufactured fire pit. It can be set up easily in the afternoon in time for everyone to gather around it in the evening. Finally, bring touches of the season into the décor, such as foliage and fall plants. Fall-hued candles and fabrics tie it all together.
Plan for the future
When you want to go big, consider if a three-season porch makes sense for your home. This option would provide protection from the elements and allow you to enjoy outdoor views even longer. An in-ground fire pit is another idea for a more permanent cozy solution for staying warm on cold nights. That involves more heavy lifting and labor, but if you do it right, you won’t regret the results.
Many home buyers are seeking out properties and amenities that allow for outdoor entertaining and space to relax outside not just during the summer months. Customized options might be available for new construction. Want to see the amazing amenities that our homes have to offer? Book a tour today!