Patio Designs: Making the Most Of Asheville NC Winters
Patios, decks, and other outdoor spaces do not have to be three-season wonders. With a few simple additions, you can utilize these areas for winter enjoyment. And, if you’re not fully convinced yet, this will convert you: S’mores. You can have s’mores when it’s 15 degrees, and you will love it.
A winter-proof patio design includes:
A patio or pergola roof can be as simple as tin roofing and structural support to a fully-involved affair with built-in heaters and fans. Regardless, a roof will provide cover from the elements and allow you to enjoy the snowy vistas - without enduring the snow. You can also find options like aluminum patio covers. The right decision depends on your needs, timeline, and budget. Rest assured, there are many ways to enclose a patio, and we’ll help you find the right one for you!
Stay cozy with a lovely fire feature. Outdoor fire pits, fireplaces, chimineas, and fire bowls offer a wide range of aesthetic looks, price points, and functionality. You can roast up some marshmallows for s’mores on fire features that are fueled by wood, gas, or glass. (Wood is wood… it doesn’t matter if ‘mallows drip. But for gas and glass, adults should handle roasting duty.)
The fire feature acts as a focal point and a great warming station for those who are enjoying conversation, food, or are coming back from building a snowman!
Plan ahead and install a natural wind block to take the chill out of the air. Coniferous trees that thrive in Asheville NC include spruce, fir, hemlock, Virginia pine, and white pine. Plant strategically based on the prevailing direction of the wind. Bonus: they’ll help cool your patio in the summer too. A burst of evergreen in the brown and white winter is also certainly welcome.
Best Seat in the House… Uh, Patio
It’s all about comfy seating when you’re lounging in front of the fire. Look for good quality furniture that can withstand winter conditions. The fabrics should include UV inhibitors, powder-coated finishes, and, of course, extended warranties so you can get several years to use out of your items. You can also find pricier heated furniture that plugs in or is battery powered. If your budget extends to these pieces, great! If not, layer up and offer some luxe blankets to guests.
If you’re having a big party, there’s no need to buy more furniture. Try a BYOC affair (bring your own chair) or invest in a few square hay bales that you cover with a rustic blanket. You can repurpose them in the spring as mulch!
Accessorize and Light Up the Winter
Accessorize your winter furniture and patio setting with warm, soothing tones. We love reds, oranges, and maybe a bit of purple if it strikes your fancy. Not only do they convey warmth, they provide a nice pop of color against the white or brown landscape. Layer on pillows throws, and blankets to create a cozy space.
Lighting is also key, especially as it gets dark so early in the winter. You can find lights that double as patio heaters for exceptional functionality and beauty, and don’t be afraid to string up twinkle lights and hang some lanterns for a whimsical winter wonderland.
To ensure you, your family, and your guests are as comfortable as possible, keep a box of warm blankets - and maybe some extra scarves, hats, and mittens - in a box that you store in your entryway or mudroom. When you’re planning some outdoor patio time, you can pull from your stock without missing a step.
But Really, It’s the Food, Drinks, and Company That Matter
Nothing warms up a winter day or evening like good food, good drinks, and even better company. Why not break out your crockpot recipes - chili, stew, hot wings, jambalaya, baked beans… mmmm. Hot cocoa, tea, coffee, wine, and beer pair perfectly with your friends, family, and neighbors.
Whether you have a winter solstice party, Valentines’ or Galentines Day gathering, or a random Friday in February get-together, a winter-proof patio allows you to offer a fun, friendly, and warm space to your guests. And if you’re craving a little peace and quiet for yourself, light a fire, grab a glass of wine, and relax under a fleece blanket while you indulge in a little stargazing. The possibilities are endless - and incredibly satisfying.
If you want to turn your patio into a winter refuge, contact Garrett’s Landscaping & Grading. With a few modifications, you can enjoy your Asheville, NC outdoor space year-round.