Fall is one of the best seasons to enjoy outdoor living. After the heat of the summer, the cooler temperatures that autumn brings are a welcome relief. As the thermometer continues its march down the degree markers, you’ll want to consider ways to extend the outdoor living season even longer.
One of the first things I recommend adding, if you don’t already have one, is an area rug. The warmth under your feet also provides insulation which holds in heat on a porch. Placed under the seating and dining groups, an outdoor rug makes those areas even cozier. It offers a place for kids to play and pets to curl up, keeping the family close and interactive.
Outdoor draperies look great and help make an outdoor room look more like an indoor room but they also pack a lot of punch when trying to keep an outdoor room comfortable. Make sure your drapery panels are easy to move so they can be opened during the day for the view and closed at night to hold in heat. When combined with a fireplace, patio heater, or gas fire pit, closed draperies can make a marked difference in the temperature of your porch.
Adding a heat source, such as a fire pit or patio heater, will make a remarkable difference in the comfort level of your outdoor room. Patio heaters can be portable or mounted high in the room so they are not as noticeable off-season. Fire pits come in all sizes and shapes. Many can be used as a table when not burning. With a unit that runs on gas (propane tank or natural gas hookup), it is safe to use on a covered porch.
Keeping blankets, lap shawls, or throws on hand invites people to linger longer even when a chill is in the air. There’s nothing like wrapping up in something warm and staying outside when most people would be heading inside.
An outdoor living area is one of the best places to be at this time of year. In the autumn, the air is crisp and fresh. Air conditioning and heat are often in the “off” mode. With a little preparation, it is possible to make changes to your outdoor living area to get more out of your investment. Those who use their outdoor living rooms all, or most, of the year, know how special it is in each season. Your outdoor room is unique in your home and should not be relegated to the spring and summer months. Extend your outdoor living season by adding any (or all) of the above. You’ll find yourself spending more time outside and feeling good about it.