Fall means enjoying the changing weather by engaging in different outdoor activities. One of those includes spending time in your backyard. With more people spending time at home, it may be time to invest in creating an outdoor space where you can spend chillier fall nights with family and friends. Below are a few ways to create a warm and inviting outdoor atmosphere perfect for the changing weather and memorable moments. 

Fire Pit

Fire pits are easy to use, cost-efficient, and portable, which makes them a perfect option to warm your outdoors. While they were originally designed to be situated lower on the ground, the options of shape, size, and materials have evolved, leaving many outdoor living designers the ability to get creative in their design. While wood-burning fire pits have been the conventional choice, the focus is shifting to those that are fueled by gas or propane as it’s friendlier on the environment and provides better air quality. You can make a fire pit even cozier by incorporating seating around the fire pit, complete with accent pillows and lanterns. 

Outdoor Fireplace

Having an outdoor fireplace not only heats up your backyard during fall and the subsequent colder months, but it also provides a permanent hangout spot. You can easily add a seating area near the fireplace, like an outdoor sectional sofa to create a more welcoming atmosphere. When it comes to the fireplace design, you can build it yourself, get it custom-made, or even go for a prefab unit. Some of the various materials to choose from for an outdoor fireplace are metal, brick, concrete, and stone, and it can be fueled either by gas or wood. There are a few things to consider before getting one, such as the location on your property, previous landscaping, and existing structures.  


Portable and freestanding fireplaces are known as chimineas, and they’re usually made of clay, cast iron, or aluminum. Originally used to provide a cooking platform, this method has now become a common option to provide warmth to the surrounding outdoors. Not only does it help your backyard look pretty, but it’s also a more affordable option when compared to an outdoor fireplace or built-in fire pit. They can be used either on gravel areas or covered patios. Make sure that you don’t use a chiminea on bark, wood chips, or natural grass lawns. These are a great option to give off ample heat that makes a gathering feel much cozier. 

Hot Tubs

A somewhat non-traditional way to warm up your backyard during the cooler months is by adding a hot tub. Sure, it may not emit heat in the traditional sense, but it will keep you warm. The water bubbling up at a comfortable, warm temperature is all you need to de-stress and relax. It’s so much more fun than just having a swimming pool. Hot tubs also help you relax your muscles at the end of a long day. Just get in there with a book and your favorite drink, and you’re in for a pampering session under the stars. 

Keeping Warm This Season

There’s no reason to say goodbye to enjoying the outdoors just because it’s on the chillier side. By incorporating any of these options into your outdoor living space, you’ll be sure to extend your fall season and continue to remain connected to the fresh air and relaxing ambiance. Making your backyard accessible year-round with warm spaces is a great way to enjoy yourself outdoors and make the most of your beautiful home. 


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