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Baby, it's cold outside!! As the cold autumn breezes bring in lower temperatures, and we watch as the leaves start to fall, there may be nothing we want more than to extend our patio season.

Actually, there are some outdoor home improvements that you can have done to your patio that will keep you enjoying your outdoor living area through the fall and into the winter!

Yes, getting help from a patio pro can take the chill out of your outdoor living space. You could be entertaining outside with hot coco and barbequed food all winter!

Enjoy your outdoor patio through the fall and into the winter!

Patio Heat Sources

Patio Heaters can keep you and your guests warm on your patio in the fall.

Patio Heaters
Patio heaters, once used mostly by restaurant owners on their patios, have become more readily available to homeowners. To maximize the usefulness of these heaters, it is best to enclose the area as much as possible to keep the heat in.

Fire Pits are another great way to take the chill out of your patio area.
Outdoor Fire Pits
Outdoor fire pits and rings heat up the air in a patio area and their mesmerizing esthetics will add ambiance to your outdoor living space.

Chimeneas

Cast iron and cast aluminum chimeneas are another brilliant heat source for a patio. A chimenea looks smart and it is versatile because it can be moved around your patio.
 
Patio Table Foot Heaters can keep your feet and legs warm while your sitting at your patio table in the cooler months. A Chimenea is a versatile heat source because it can be moved around your patio!
An Outdoor Fireplace makes for a hot focal point on any patio!

Outdoor Fireplaces

An outdoor fireplace creates a stunning focal point for any patio. While an outdoor fireplace might seem like a luxury item in warmer climates, in a cooler region a fireplace can double the seasonal usefulness for a patio! Watching the flames in a real wood fire can be more entertaining and relaxing for guests than watching a TV!

If you are considering an outdoor fireplace, the first step is to look at pictures of fireplaces, fireplace plans and fireplace designs to determine the style that will best suit your patio. Our patio builders can assemble any fireplace kit for your backyard or porch. Or, if it is a made-to-order fireplace that you are looking for - our custom patio contractors can do that too! You may want to include a built in barbeque in your stone and masonry design.

Patio Accessories and Materials

Wooden Patio Furniture is warmer to sit on than metal patio furniture!

When selecting patio furniture consider its material. Wood, for example, will not be as cold as metal. Fabric cushions along with blankets will aid in people retaining their own body heat.
Cushions and blankets give help guests stay warmer on your patio!

Screened In Porches and Enclosed Patios

Screened in Patios and Porches keep out the rain and snow.

Screened in patios and porches provide shelter from the rain and snow. The screens keep out insects and animals. Why not include a fireplace in your screened in porch?

Having a fireplace added to your screened in porch allows you to extend the outdoor patio season!

Shelter

An arbor, gazebo, a cabana, a lanai or an covered porch can provide shelter from the elements and can keep heat in your patio area. In the winter months the open elements of these structures can be closed in with curtain panels made from canvas or other fabric. This will really keep the heat in! Talk to one of our patio professionals about having a gazebo built on your property!

Hot Tubs

There's nothing quite like soaking in a hot tub under the stars on a crisp winter evening! In fact, many homeowners enjoy using their hot tub more in the fall and winter than in the summer!

Heated Driveways - Heated Patio Pavers

The same technology used to heat driveways can be used to heat patios and to prevent snow or ice buildup. While great for an outdoor patio, in-floor radiant heat can be installed in a screened in porch as well!
 
We hope some of these hot ideas have inspired you to improve your outdoor living space! Do you want to enjoy your patio year round? Our patio contractors can help! Remember using your patio in the winter is a great way to get fresh air even when it's cold outside!