With the Canadian seasons, our time spent outdoors is cut-short due to cold weather. If you don’t have a sunroom to spend time in during the winter months, but still want to spend time outside, consider adding one, or many, of these additions to your porch or backyard this winter.
Wind, especially during the winter months, can be the main reason you don’t want to spend time outdoors. Not only is it annoying, blowing hair, hats, and everything else around, but it makes it feel so much colder. With the wind being the uncomfortable factor, one way to get back to enjoying the outdoors is to eliminate the wind.
One way to do this is to install a canopy. Canopies are available with windshields, helping to block the cold wind, and making staying outside a little more bearable. If you don’t want it to feel like you’re inside a tent, you can install clear vinyl curtains, or a clear tarp, that allows you to see out. A canopy can create a winter porch enclosure, which you can remove or take down during the summer months to save space. Canopies are easily accessible and affordable, which makes this a great hack for spending more time outdoors this winter.
An alternative to installing a canopy is using all-season plants for protection. Larger plants can help to block out wind just as well as a canopy. Plus, plants may appear more decorative on your property.
In addition to eliminating the wind, adding sources of heat to the space will make it more comfortable. Installing an outdoor firepit can extend the use of your outdoor space well into the winter months. Additionally, investing in an outdoor heater, like the ones you see at restaurants, is another option. If there is a lack of space for a heater or fireplace, you can purchase heated cushions. These can be great to keep you warm without a fire! A hot tub is another option to be able to bear the cold temperatures (and relax).
Rather than installing a canopy, you could install a roof and walls on your porch. Installing a roof will help especially during snow or rainfall. It won’t only keep you dry, but it will keep your furniture and fireplace dry as well. If you do have furniture on your porch we recommend that you purchase weatherproof furniture. In the event that it does wet, you won’t have to worry about the condition or replacements.
In addition to a roof, you can install walls to close your porch area. If you want, you can use clear vinyl to cut some costs and receive the same effect. And if you want to go all the way, you can basically convert your porch area and build a sunroom or screened-in porch by adding a roof, walls, a door, and insulation. This will definitely ensure you stay warm during the winter months.
We know that home renovation and purchasing larger products, such as a canopy or outdoor fireplace isn’t always in the cards. But don’t worry, there are little hacks you can do to make your outdoor space more bearable in the cold.
All Canadians know the importance of bundling up on a cold day – the same goes here. If you’re planning on spending time outside, ensure you are properly dressed. They even sell heated jackets if you’re one to get really cold! Always keep blankets on hand. Having dedicated outdoor blankets that are meant for the cold can help keep you warm. Additionally, if you’re entertaining guests, offer an insulated cup to ensure their drink stays hot or cold and their hands stay warm! These are just a few tricks to help keep you warm.
Be sure to inquire about these winter hacks for your porch or backyard so you can enjoy the outdoors this winter. If you’re unsure of where to start, you can submit a quote request to get in touch with a local, verified pro to help you get started!