Five Ways to Extend the Use of Your Patio This Fall

Not ready for patio season to end?  Until recently, fall weather here in Utah has been warm and beautiful.  Not any longer!  As the temperature drops, the cool fall air sends us indoors.

Maximize the use of your outdoor space even if there is a cool chill in the air.  Here are five ways to warm up and extend patio season well into fall:

Add a Patio Heater -- When temperatures begin to dip, an outdoor heater can keep a patio area cozy and comfortable.  There are many options to choose from, including propane, electric, table top and stand-alone models.  I particularly love the floor lamp models similar to the one above from Target - found here.
Patio heaters are not designed to maintain a specific temperature in your outdoor space, but to alleviate the cool bite of the air.  And, with the large selection of styles available, you're sure to find a heater that would look beautiful on your patio.  Lowe's (as well as many other places) has a wide variety to choose from - found here.

Add Blankets -- 'Tis the season to bundle up under blankets.  If you're having a gathering, leave a basket full of them for guests to grab at their leisure.

There is nothing as comforting and soothing as having blankets to keep you warm as you enjoy a brisk morning or cool evening on your patio.  

Layer blankets and pillows onto your summer furniture to make them more fall-friendly.

One source for a great selection of wool blankets, pillows, and throws is Pendleton Woolen Mills - found here.

Build a Fire Pit -- Take full advantage of cooler nights by putting in a fire pit.  This patio or yard accessory provides the perfect ambiance for roasting marshmallows or gathering for late night conversations.  There are ample instructions available online to build your own, or have one installed professionally.  Glean inspiration from the following designs from the source found here.

Install a Hot Tub -- Although hot tubs can be enjoyed year-round, most people would agree that fall is one of the best times to enjoy a hot tub. On those cool evenings outdoors spa owners begin to crave the warmth of their hot tubs. 

Build an Outdoor Fireplace -- With the increasing popularity of exterior living areas that expand a home's usable space, more and more homeowners are interested in installing features such as an outdoor fireplace that can provide warmth and create a particular ambiance for their families or guests to enjoy.  This would require a larger investment; however, as the trend towards spending more time living outdoors continues to grow, we will continue to see an expanding selection of unique fireplaces becoming available. 

Don't let the cool fall air send you indoors.  Try one of these warm ideas to keep your patio in play as the temperatures dip.

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