Can you think of anything better than sitting on your patio with a hot/cold beverage (depending on the season) and just taking in the scenery? If you crave such moments but are often prevented from enjoying them by Seattle’s rainy weather, we believe we have a solution for you. Let’s begin by saying that there are quite a few different ways to enjoy your outdoor space all year. However, a few tricks will be more valuable than others in a city with Seattle’s climate. So, the next time you are feeling sleepless in Seattle, you’ll be able to go to your outdoor space, relax, and, who knows – all of your worries might simply fade away.
Seven ways to enjoy your outdoor space all year – ranked in no specific order
Let’s begin by saying that not all of the following home additions will break the bank. If you’ve ever had to stage your outdoor space before, then you know that there are quite a few tips and tricks that are affordable yet effective. Then again, some renovation work will cost more as it involves more extensive changes. Feel free to implement only those that work well with your budget, as well as your needs.
Think about installing a fire feature
It’s safe to say that if you live in a state such as California or Florida, you will be able to skip installing a fire feature. Who needs a fireplace if the weather is scorching hot? But if you live in a state with a hot climate and are thinking about moving to a colder climate, you need to think about introducing a fire feature. In fact, this will be so crucial for the time you can spend outdoors that you will have to browse fire pits while browsing a database of movers such as usamovingreviews.com. Sure, you can leave outdoor renovation work for after you settle into your new home – but you can also tackle both problems at once.
Either way, you will need a fireplace, fire pit, patio heater, etc. – you get the gist. You’ll be able to enjoy a cozy feeling all year round, as you can make s’mores during summer and sip hot chocolate during winter. The options for family fun are limitless.
Add some lights
If a fire feature is one of the pricier investments (because it really is), lighting is very affordable. However, one should never underestimate the power of good lighting, even though it is a rather inexpensive investment. Bear in mind that this is one of those things where you can really show off your creative side. From placing string lights on your deck and wrapping them around a tree to highlighting your walkways – the options are abundant. Rest assured that this is one of the easiest yet most effective ways to enjoy your outdoor space all year round.
Create shelter from the weather
Seattle is a city where rain is pretty standard during most days. That’s why year-round shelter from the elements is imperative if you want to enjoy your outdoor space every day and season of the year. A pergola, oversized umbrella, privacy screens, and enclosures can all protect you from uncomfortable weather. However, they serve a double purpose, as they can also give your outdoor space some privacy. Stay away from prying eyes while also being completely protected during heavy rain.
Introduce seasonal decorations
Your patio, porch, and outdoor space are the perfect places for displaying all the joys that one season brings. Now, we know that, like most people, you probably have a lot of seasonal decorations. You most likely realized this yourself once you started searching for storage that works for you and realized that you are going to need a large self-storage unit. Don’t feel bad – you are in good company, as holiday decorations are impossible to resist. But we think that you should put your love for the season to good use by displaying it in your outdoor area.
You can even take it up a notch and host seasonal festivities outdoors. Whether you want to have a Halloween party, Thanksgiving dinner, or a Christmas celebration, make sure that the atmosphere is nice and cozy. If you have already hung some lights and installed a fire feature, you will be able to feel the holiday cheer even during the chilly season.
Add a hot tub
We’ll start by saying that we fully understand that this isn’t a suitable addition for everybody. However, if you are looking for something more extravagant, you’ll undoubtedly want to consider installing a hot tub. A hot tub is one of those additions that can very easily increase the value of your Seattle home. It will also help you enjoy your outdoor space all year. The warm water of your hot tub will be the perfect way to relax your mind, muscles, and body. Just think of it like having a spa in your own backyard – how great would that be?
Think about a designated outdoor cooking space
There’s a very good reason why family barbecues are such a staple in the life of almost every American. If the thought of food straight off the grill makes your mouth water, you will surely want to create an outdoor cooking space. All you need is a grill and some will to cook all year round. To make it easier on yourself, it would be good to place the grill near the kitchen. It will allow you greater freedom and save your time and energy.
Make it cozy
Believe it or not, you don’t need to go overboard to enjoy your outdoor space all year round. What you do need to do is make the space your own. What is your idea of cozy? If you see yourself surrounded by books and warm blankets, add a bookshelf and a wool blanket. Throw some fluffy pillows, light a few scented candles (preferably seasonal), and add as many decorations as you like. Create a space that you will enjoy and want to get back to. It’s not about how much you spend – it’s about how much you are willing to try.
Written by Sophia Perry – Edited by Ashley Pasquale
All Photographs are from stages by Seattle Staged To Sell & Design
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