Kicking back on a patio, either with a good book or with friends and a few glasses of wine, is definitely near the top of my favorite summer activities. Even though the kids are back in school and you've packed away your white jeans, it doesn't mean you have to close up the patio just yet. You spent a lot of time and effort making your outdoor space livable and inviting, so why not use it a little longer? Here are 7 ways to enjoy your patio as the evenings get chillier...
There are a few ways you can extend your patio season, depending on how much time, effort, money, and space you have. Here are some of the best projects and products!
1. Fire Pit: If you have the space and it's allowed in your area, create a fire pit like this one from Levi and Evette's House Tour to keep you warm and roasting hotdogs well into the fall.
2. Outdoor Fireplace: If form is equal to function in your eyes, and you're looking for a stylish piece of outdoor decor that will also keep you warm, consider a free-standing modern fireplace like this one featured by Jeremy Taylor Landscapes. There are also lots of DIY outdoor fireplace kits out there- Mantels Direct has a good selection- if you're more hands on-and looking for something more rustic.
3. Outdoor Heater: You can pick up an outdoor patio heater to keep you cozy. They come in many styles and shapes with either electric or propane power and can be portable or mounted; this one featured on DIY Network is electric and mounted to the pergola.
4. Built-in Fire: The trend of furniture (both indoor and outdoor) with built-in fire is going strong. Gather around a table like this one from Regency Fire with friends and wine on a cool fall evening.
5. Outdoor Curtains: Protect yourself from some of chilly fall breeze by installing simple outdoor curtains like the ones we featured on a My Great Outdoors post.
6. Throw Blankets: Invest in a collection of great throw blankets to bring out for your guests when the sun sets, like in this charming setup featured on SCOUT.
7. Hot Tub: If you have the budget, splurge on a hot tub. It's a luxury that will have you relaxing and enjoying your outdoor space all year long. Steve got his from California Cooperage, but you could always assemble one yourself!