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There’s no reason to forget about outdoor living when the cooler temps settle in. From an outdoor fireplace to comfortable seating to an enclosed deck, ideas are nearly infinite for enjoying your backyard through winter. Here are just a few to get you inspired.

Create shelter with an enclosed patio design
Whether enjoying the daytime hours or a night under the stars, an enclosed patio design can protect you from Mother Nature’s wrath. Wind or rain can quickly ruin any outdoor plans, so it’s a good idea to consider covering all or part of your patio. You can go all in and add a full roof with fans, heaters, and even entertainment. On the other hand, you can create some covered space with a detached pergola or a large umbrella.

Plant trees and foliage
The strategic use of plants and trees can help you block out the elements and also control moisture. Consider planting coniferous trees, which will accomplish both of these goals. And if you’ve heard that plants don’t thrive in the winter, you’ll be happy to know there are many you can use to add depth, color, and warmth to your environment.

Look into custom outdoor fireplace
On especially brisk nights, it’s nice to enjoy the warmth of a fire. You can stay toasty in your outdoor space with a rustic outdoor fireplace. Two other popular and aesthetically pleasing choices are fire tables and fire pits, both of which come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. These heating elements can also complement your outdoor patio furniture decor.

Incorporate quality seating
Speaking of outdoor furniture, you want to be as comfortable as possible in your space when the weather’s on the chilly side. You also need to find options that will stand up to the elements year after year. Materials like teak, metal, and all-weather fabric provide the durability you need to continue enjoying your patio in any condition.

And of course, outdoor lighting is key
While the light offered by fire tables and custom outdoor fireplaces can be magical, you can also add some large candles, string lights, or more enhanced outdoor lighting for a bright yet cozy setting.

By making just a few design tweaks and adding some heating elements, you can continue to use your patio as an extension of your home during the winter months. For even more enclosed deck ideas, consult with your local landscaping company.