Anyone who lives in North Carolina knows that the weather can be very unpredictable. In the spring, we could have snowstorms one day and thunderstorms the next, accompanied by 30-degree temperature swings. The summers can range from unbearably hot in the day to quite chilly in the evening. Fall, like spring, is a surprise every day with huge temperature swings and crazy weather.
For those of us with patios, it seems that we don’t have much time to enjoy our outdoor spaces. However, you can extend the use of your patios so you can use them all year-round. Just take a look at these do-it-yourself tips on extending your outdoor living spaces.
Add A Heater
One of the main reasons we don’t use our patios is because it’s just too darn cold. A patio heater makes sitting outside in the winter not only possible but comfortable too. Outdoor heaters come in many shapes and sizes and fit any budget, but you can’t put a price on the memories you will make.
Add A Fire Pit
Adding a fire pit to your outdoor area or patio in Pinehurst can extend the use of your outdoor spaces into the winter months. This allows you to spend more cold nights with your friends and family huddled around a crackling fire. Adding a fire feature can also increase property value. As with the heaters, you can spend as much or as little on the project as you want. Fire pits can range from simple holes in the ground to elaborate, brick-paved works of art. No matter what you choose, you and your guests will surely enjoy spending time outside when the weather is cooler.
An Outdoor Kitchen
Everyone loves a backyard barbecue but there are many ways to improve your outdoor cooking areas instead of just using a grill. Adding a covered area with counter space and seating can create an interesting gathering spot. You can improve the area with a wet bar and a pizza oven.
Light Things Up With Some Outdoor Lighting
You can certainly liven things up outside with some outdoor lighting. The right lighting can be a simple way to turn your patio into a nighttime hangout. There are a variety of options when it comes to choosing outdoor lighting. Adding some outdoor lighting will do more than just boost the appeal of your yard.
Lighting certain areas such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways, and other hazardous areas can improve the safety of your yard. You don’t want you or your guests stumbling around in the dark and someone gets hurt. Lighting up these areas can make people feel safer and more at ease when outdoors at night.
A dark house is an easy target for opportunist criminals. Putting security lights up around the outside of your home makes your home less appealing and deter potential burglars.
Use String Lights
String lights are a cheap and easy way to add light to your deck or patio. Simply string them up, plug them in, and you’re ready to enjoy your space.
Types of Outdoor Lighting
When it comes to outdoor lighting, there are too many options to list here. We have listed some of the most common methods homeowners use to illuminate their outdoor spaces.
Lanterns are great because they are so versatile. You can place them anywhere you want when you are trying to set the mood. You can even choose to use LED lights or go the traditional route with candles.
Orbs & Spheres
Create a unique look by installing spheres and orbs around your backyard or patio. They look great individually or as groups.
Make it easier to see where you’re going and also highlight your garden and walkways with pathway lights. Pathway lights can either be hard-wired in, which requires installation by a professional, or solar-powered which you can install yourself. Either way, they make a real difference in the patio or driveway.
Call O’Connor Landscapes For All Your Pinehurst Hardscaping & Landscaping Services
No matter what your Pinehurst garden and landscaping needs are, adding mulch can help, and the professionals at O’Connor Landscapes have all the experience and tools necessary for the job. We offer a wide range of lawn care options including lawn care packages, hardscaping, irrigation installation, and sod installation.