Just because we live in the Great White North doesn’t mean we should limit our time enjoying our outdoor space to just three months of the year. Although winter may feel like it will never end, looking for ways to maximize our time outside even before the snow starts to melt is always a good idea.
Here are some ways to get your backyard ready for spring and get a full-years-worth out of your space at the same time, regardless of its size:
Indoor setups outside. Optimized outdoor landscaping can help divide your exterior into “rooms” like the inside of your home. When planning your space outside, think of a cooking area, a dining area or even a living area with office space or a fire pit instead of fireplace. Retailers are expanding their product lineups to offer entertainment systems, lighting and high-quality, living room-worthy furniture and décor that is weather-resistant and super easy to clean and maintain. Simply look for specially treated fabrics for couches, cushions and rugs.
Add appliances. If you thought your backyard was just for barbecuing, you’re missing out. From pizza ovens and smokers to outdoor kitchens complete with fridge, dishwasher, sink and even a beer tap, TA Appliances have introduced a dream outdoor kitchen collection that will have you grilling and chilling 365 days of the year. If you’re thinking of putting in a fridge, make sure you install an outdoor rated one. Outdoor fridges, while somewhat more expensive, provide added protection from the elements ensuring they’ll be around for a lot longer.
Get cozy with the elements. Love the outdoors, but not the wind, rain and unwelcome bugs that often accompany it? A patio enclosure – with options from traditional screen porches to sleek, retractable glass walls – is an affordable way to maximize your time spent outdoors, no matter what mother nature has in store.
Find more inspiration at the National Home Show this March at The Enercare Centre.