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How To Eliminate Flooding & Maximize Outdoor Enjoyment In Winter

Published Date: Dec 31, 2019

A flooded, unusable outdoor space doesn’t have to be the reality for your home during the winter season. Or any time! There are a variety of features available ensure your backyard functions as a livable environment all year long.

Drainage

Proper drainage can go a long way in protecting your outdoor space, especially during a wet and rainy winter. It filters heavy rainfall out of your yard to help eliminate pooling water and potential flooding. This allows your yard to stay functional and enjoyable year-round, while also reducing damage to patios, courtyards, driveways, home, and more. 

Drainage protection typically comes standard with paving stone projects. While materials such as concrete don’t offer a flexible system with adequate drainage, pavers do. These complex drainage systems are designed to funnel out excess water build up, so you can enjoy your spaces after, or even during, a winter storm.

Drainage solutions for your outdoor spaces don’t stop with paving stones. Residential artificial turf also includes an advanced drainage system to keep your lawn looking pristine and usable, regardless of the weather. Enjoy play time outside in between rainfall without having to worry about muddy clothes, kids or pets.

Pergolas

A flood-free yard is the first step to maximizing on time spent outdoors during the winter months. But what about shelter? Whether the skies are blue and sunny or overcast and rainy, a covered pergola is perfect for creating a protected area over a patio or dining area. This provides a sheltered place to entertain, bond with family, or simply enjoy some down time.

pergola over stone patio

Pergolas can be completely personalized to meet your individual needs. Create a secluded entertaining space by installing ceiling lights, a surround sound system and a weatherproof television in your pergola. Or, opt for a cozy relaxation retreat by including a gas-powered fire pit,water feature, and some plush blankets and pillows for your outdoor furniture.

Outdoor Fireplaces

Of all the fire elements available to personalize your space with, outdoor fireplaces are ideal for bringing that inviting indoor ambiance out into the backyard. Work with your design expert to include an elegant fireplace within your covered pergola to get all the luxuries of your living room, outside. This setup also provides an opportunity to sit outside enjoying the sounds of falling rain while staying warm by the heat of the fire.

Another option is to have your fireplace built out in the open, allowing you and loved ones to take in that crisp, clean winter air without compromising on warmth or comfort. Gather around the dancing flames with hot cider and smores supplies to spend quality time with friends and family.

outdoor fireplace

While winter might seem like the best season to hunker down indoors, your outdoor space can offer the luxuries needed to truly enjoy this time of year outside. With proper drainage for your outdoor surfaces and lawn, a covered pergola and a built-in fireplace, your yard can be your go-to spot for enjoying some fresh air, even during the colder months of the year.

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