Patios are not limited to summer use. Fresh air is good for all of us, and even in winter you can enjoy dining or socializing outdoors. Fortunately, you can do this without freezing to death by making a few adjustments. Here are six ideas for warming up patios in Kansas City, MO for outdoor enjoyment this winter:
- Add a fireplace: Some nights, all you need is a cozy fire and a glass of wine. Fireplaces work well outdoors, just as they do in your living room. You can dress it up with fancy masonry or choose rustic bricks that match the rest of your outdoor space. Fire pits are often easier to integrate with established patios and offer just as much warmth. There are many options for providing controlled fire spaces on your patio, and you just need to determine what works best for your layout.
- Purchase heat lamps: If there are no plans for remodeling your patio anytime soon, pick up heat lamps from a hardware store. They radiate heat very well and can create a cozy space in no time. You can buy propane lamps or find models that hook up to your gas line for continuous heat. Some models can be mounted in your ceiling, if your patio has a roof. Many people find this heating more ambient and less overwhelming.
- Add a roof: It is likely you enjoy shade in the summer as well as protection from the elements in the winter. A roof makes this possible by covering both functions and creating a cozy space around your fire pit or fireplace. You can even wire lighting into it so you can make up for the early darkness of fall and winter.
- Use curtains: Like your roof, the curtains will also create a contained space that is easy to heat. You can block cold drafts and enjoy a cabana feel even in the middle of winter. If you have a fireplace, be careful that the curtains are not able to sway into it. You may want to consider containing any fire pits or fireplaces to avoid potential fire hazards.
- Consider rugs: If your space is dry enough, rugs can insulate your patio further and add warmth. There are rugs made for outdoor or patio use, so even if your patio is not entirely blocked off from the elements, you can still find floor coverings appropriate for your space.
- Keep your hot tub maintained: If you have a hot tub, consider keeping it available for winter use. Adding these cozy elements will make the mad dash to the hot water less daunting and make your outdoor space even more inviting. Once you create a warmer space on your patio, there is no reason to stop enjoying it in some ways just because the temperature has changed. Just make sure it is not leaking, since that could lead to frozen pipes and slick spots that can make your patio uninhabitable.
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