How to Create a Winter Outdoor Space That’s Fit for the Cold

Dec 04 2020
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A winter outdoor space for us here in northern Minnesota is a bit of pipe dream honestly. Once it hits -20 there is no amount of wood you can throw on a bon fire that will make it comfortable to stand outside lol. However, most people don’t have winters like we do! And even our coldest weather is usually only around for 2-3 months. For us a “winter” outdoor space would be consider more of a “three season porch” and that is exactly what I’ve been dreaming about for years!

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Now that winter’s here, you might already be noticing that you’re not using your garden very much. But why should all that outdoor space go to waste just because it’s not summer any longer? There are lots of ways to make your outdoor space usable and comfortable during the winter months, and we’re going to talk about those changes right now on how to make a real winter outdoor space – so read on to find out more. 

Choose the Right Heat Source

First of all, you should create a source of heat in your outdoor area. You’re not going to want to spend time out there if you’re constantly cold. But there are plenty of ways of getting around that. One of the most popular is creating a fire pit that you and your family or friends can sit around. The fire will keep you warm and it’s an incredibly cozy way of socializing in your winter outdoor space.

Create a Covered Area with a Comfortable Sofa

If you don’t already have a covered area you can sit under, you might want to think about having one installed. This will give you a little added protection from the weather and the elements, which is what you need. You don’t want your time outdoors to be interrupted by snow or rain. With the right protection, you’ll be able to carry on socializing and having fun for as long as you want to.

Invest in a Rug and Blankets to Cozy up your Winter outdoor space

It’s important to add the finishing touches to the space in order to make it more comfortable. There are lots of outdoor rugs that are suitable for this kind of thing, and it’s worth investing in some blankets as well. That way, you can remain warm and protected from elements as you make use of your outdoor seating area during the winter. The more blankets and cushions the better.

Add More Lighting

We all know that, unfortunately, the days aren’t quite as long during the winter months. That’s why it’s a good idea to put some extra light in place around your seating and relaxation area. That way, you can carry on for as long as you need to and you won’t necessarily leave the fire pit behind and head back inside just because it’s starting to get dark.

Besides that light bulbs help warm the space up literally too! They will help keep your space winter outdoor space warm besides the heat source you’ve chosen!

Consider a Hot Tub

If you really want to splash out, you should think about investing in a hot tub that can be placed outside of your home and be enjoyed all year round. The very best time of year to use a hot tub is when the weather’s cold and the warm water contrast with the cold outdoor air. There’s nothing better!

As you can see, it’s more than possible to create a usable outdoor space that’s fit for the winter. There’s no reason to let your outdoor social space go to waste until next summer. Make it warm and cozy with the help of the ideas above, and start using your garden as a true winter outdoor space!

A winter outdoor space for us here in northern Minnesota is a bit of pipe dream honestly. Once it hits -20 there is no amount a wood
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  1. December 6, 2020 at 12:33 am

    Some really good ideas here to make outdoors enjoyable when it is colder. I think that I like the hot tub! Sounds wonderful about right now.

    • December 7, 2020 at 9:54 am

      Amy, wouldn’t a hot tub be awesome! Total bucket list!

  2. Deborah Gehman
    December 6, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Good Lord – I just saw the top of that pic and thought the barn was on fire. Glad it’s just the chimenea. 😊

    • December 7, 2020 at 9:55 am

      Hi Deb, I know right!? It was just crazy how it looked I just had to get a pic of it!

  3. Sandra
    December 7, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Hi there,
    Just wondering if you have put a hot tub outdoors for the two of you? If you have, can you show us photos? I just saw a picture of your Lodi from your lighting post and I’ve got to tell you, that man looks like Hotness! Hahaha, he’s got that devilish/shy grin. Glad that you have someone to spend your holidays with. Merry Christmas to you both and to your Mom as well!
    Sandra from Georgia

    • December 7, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Sandra, if only we did have a not tub! Total bucket list item someday for sure!!

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