How to Use Your Outdoor Living Space During the Winter Months in Denver

December 11, 2019

Winter in the Denver metro area gets surprisingly cold. The average high during mid-winter is about 46 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows can plummet below zero! That makes it tough to use the outdoor living space you spent all summer sprucing up. But those cold temperatures don’t necessarily mean you can’t use your outdoor living area or appreciate your beautiful Denver landscaping. You just need to prepare the space for the season. Here are a few ways to help you stay warm even when it’s cold outside.

Invest in Outdoor Blankets
Nothing makes an outdoor space feel more comfortable when the weather turns chilly than a warm blanket. Invest in a few blankets that you’re willing to use outside. Look for ones made from cotton or fleece which you can easily wash if they get dirty. If your outdoor living area is covered, you may be able to leave the blankets draped over the furniture. But if it’s not, pick up an outdoor storage chest or storage ottoman. These will help keep the blankets clean and help reduce clutter around your living area.

Add a Fire Pit
A roaring fire adds more than enough heat and building one in the dead of winter can make your living room a touch too warm. Instead of suffering through the heat inside, install a fire pit. This way, you and your family can enjoy a roaring blaze comfortably. Even better, you’ll be able to save yourself the stress of dirtying your chimney indoors. Fire pits can be movable or permanent. It all depends on the look and feel you’re trying to achieve.

Increase Your Lighting Options
During the winter, the days get much shorter. For most people, this makes using their outdoor spaces less pleasant even when Denver has a surprisingly warm evening. The easiest way to get around this issue is to add extra lighting to the outdoor living area. Decorative string lights add ambiance and increase the amount of light you have to see by. You can also mount permanent fixtures to accentuate the space and make it appear warm and welcoming.

Use a Space Heater
If all else fails, you can always use a space heater. We’re not talking about those small box heaters meant for indoor use—they’re costly to operate when you’re heating an open area. Instead, use a propane heater that’s meant for use outside. The fuel is affordable and, when they’re properly maintained, they can heat the space quickly and safely. Even better, they’re efficient. You won’t have to worry about your electric bill going through the roof just because you wanted to host a gathering outdoors.

Get Help from a Pro
Sometimes, you just need a little extra help transforming your outdoor living space into a winter-friendly entertaining headquarters. Contact our Denver landscape team today and let us bring your dreams to life. We understand the unique challenges Colorado homeowners face and we’ll work with you and your budget to create a unique outdoor living area that works with your landscaping and your aesthetics. 
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