Who says patios can’t be enjoyed year-round? In an article for The Gadsden Times, Diana Marszalek of the Associated Press shows how lovely it is to spend chillier months outside, especially if you’re living in Midwestern states where fall and winter temperatures are relatively mild. Whether you want to relax with your family or entertain guests over the holidays, your outdoor living spaces can be perfect settings.

No Shut-Ins Here

As fun as summer at the lake is, Sue Vanderwiel and family also make the most of their Apple River, Ill., vacation home in the winter. That’s when “it is much quieter, and we can just hang out, play games and chill, literally and figuratively.”

The family gathers around a big stone fire pit (15 feet in diameter) — often with s’mores, hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps for Mom and Dad — even when those Midwestern temperatures drop.

“We have been out there with snow on the ground,” the Chicago-area resident says. “Regardless of the season, we stargaze and watch satellites travel across the sky.”

Refusing to become shut-ins during the winter, many homeowners are making their outdoor spaces warm and comfy for year-round use. Builders cite increasing demand from clients trying to maximize their homes’ potential by adding everything from DIY ice rinks to elaborate outdoor kitchens.

No matter how simple or elaborate you will be in extending your living space or in remodeling, versatile outdoor furniture in Indianapolis would certainly be part of your plans. Make sure you find high-quality pieces that match the style of your home and suit your intended purposes. You can choose anything from traditional dining sets to innovative seats or trendy wicker furniture that’s durable, comfortable, and elegant.

Keeping Them Chic

Of course, when you make the most of these furnishings or leave them outdoors all through the seasons, they’re bound to show the after effects of use and exposure to the natural elements. You may find spills, stains, rust, and other signs of wear and tear, particularly after large gatherings.

It’s therefore important to consider the ease of maintenance and versatility when selecting patio furniture in Indianapolis from established stores like Wicker Works of Brownsburg. Choose ones with simple upkeep or storage requirements, such as those made of all-weather rattan and wicker, which are easy-care items that are topnotch in style to boot. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to keep them chic for seasons and years to come.

(Source: No Shut-Ins Here: Homeowners make outdoor spaces warm, cozy for year-round use, The Gadsden Times, October 8, 2014)