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Enjoying Your Backyard Year Round

Phil Myers - Friday, November 13, 2015

Winter is upon us, which means that here in Indiana, we all may be spending a bit more time indoors. It can be a bit of a bummer to switch from our beautiful fall weather to the gray days of winter. What if winter could be just almost as enjoyable as summer in your backyard? Believe it or not, the best custom home builders Indianapolis has to offer can make your winters a bit less dreary. With the proper planning, you can enjoy your backyard no matter the weather. Interested in a few ideas that can help you enjoy your yard year round?


Think about a porch.

Screen it in during the summer months, then add durable glass panes in wintertime... it will be worth the effort. An area like this will be difficult to keep warm, so be sure to think about options like radiant flooring, wood stoves, or even fireplaces so that you can be out in nature without being out in the elements.


Add a hot tub.

If you want to enjoy the crisp winter air without freezing, a hot tub is a great way to go. You will want to plan properly to put your hot tub in an ideal location, and you will need to install the proper plumbing and wiring as well. 


Think big… windows.

You don’t necessarily have to be outside to enjoy the beauty of winter. When you design your home, talk to your custom home builder about how to optimize your living areas with natural light. Add large, custom windows to your design so that the view can come to you.


Heat your back patio spaces.

Throw on a jacket and start up the grill. With the right outdoor living space, you don’t have to feel the freezing bite of the winter air. Shelter your back patio to keep snow and sleet out of the equation, and think about adding outdoor patio heaters. You’ll be amazed at how much heat they kick off. Tada! You’ve just invented the winter backyard barbecue. 


Spice up the view.

Even if you don’t want to go outside, you can still add to your backyard so that your view in wintertime isn’t so dreary. Think about adding a garden with some features that you can enjoy year round, like intricate stonework or sculptures. For your landscaping, try adding berry bushes for a pop of color, or consider adding some bird feeders to enjoy the many Indiana species that are with us all winter long.


Are you ready for a backyard that you can enjoy every day of the year? Phil Myers Custom Homes specializes in custom home design and can help you plan your dream home. Sit down with us for a free consultation so we can learn more about your vision.

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