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Let's Use Our Backyards This Winter

Every year, like clockwork, I hear so many people complain about our cold Canadian winters. It becomes discouraging but with the right attitude, you can make sure that your winter is just as incredible as your wonderful summer!


So, as the weather starts to cool down and winter approaches, it's time to start thinking about how you can make the most of your outdoor space. Just because the temperature is dropping doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to your backyard. In fact, one of the best ways to enjoy the winter season is to spend time outdoors where you can enjoy the fresh air and beautiful Winter scenery.


So, why not create your very own outdoor oasis with a few simple DIY tips that will make your backyard that much more usable during the cold winter months!

Add some cozy outdoor furniture


With the right furniture, your backyard can easily become an extension of your living room. Outdoor furniture doesn’t have to be boring. Get creative and add some personality to your space with furniture or accessories. Adding cushions will make it even more comfortable and inviting. Add a few blankets and some warm outdoor lighting, and you’ll be spending all your free time outdoors.


Add heaters to make a cozy outdoor living room

One way to make your outdoor living space more comfortable in winter is to add heaters. Patio heaters come in a variety of styles, from elegant freestanding models to sleek wall-mounted designs. Infrared heaters are a popular choice for patio heating because they provide instant warmth and don’t require ventilation like gas-powered heaters.

First, think about the area you want to heat. Are you looking for a patio heater or something for a larger space like a deck or backyard? Patio heaters are typically smaller and more compact, while larger heaters can warm up a bigger area.


Next, consider how much heat you need. Some outdoor heaters provide gentle warmth, while others put out intense heat. If you’re not sure how much heat you need, start with a less powerful model and see how it goes.


Install a fire pit


A fire pit is a great way to extend the use of your backyard into the cooler months. Gather around the fire with some friends or family to some warm cocoa or a nice cocktail.


You'll first need to find out if you're in fact allowed to have a fire pit. For instance, many municipalities have restrictions on the type of fire pits, their size and some actually have outright bans. So you'll want to make sure that you're following your city by-law regulations.


In some cases, there are certain permit requirements that you need to take into account. For instance, many municipalities have a burning ban in effect during certain months or dry periods. This means that you won't be able to use your fire pit during this time. In addition, you'll need to make sure that your fire pit is located a certain distance away from your house and any other structures on your property.


Another important consideration is the size of your fire pit. Some jurisdictions have restrictions on the size of fire pits, so be sure to check with your local authorities before having one installed. Lastly, you'll need to have a way to extinguish your fire just in case it were to get out of control.


When it comes to choosing a fire pit, there are a few things to consider. The first is to decide if you want a permanent fire pit, and if not, there are many portable options that will do the trick.


Next, you'll want to figure out the size of the fire pit. If you have a large backyard, you may want to choose a larger fire pit. If you have a smaller backyard, or if you plan on using the fire pit for cooking, then a smaller fire pit may be better.


Another thing to consider is the material of the fire pit. Some materials, such as steel, will last longer than others. However, some materials, such as cast iron, can rust over time. Choose a material that will be durable and that you won't mind replacing after a few years.


Finally, consider the price of the fire pit. Fire pits can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Choose one that fits your budget and that will last for many years to come.


Get a hot tub


"When the weather outside is frightful, a hot tub can be so delightful."


For one, hot tubs can help relieve pain from conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia. The warmth of the water can help loosen up stiff muscles and joints. If you suffer from chronic pain, a hot tub can be a great way to find relief without taking medication.


Another reason to love hot tubs in the winter is that they can help you stay warm while still enjoying time outdoors. You don’t have to bundle up in layers of clothing just to enjoy your backyard. You can relax in your hot tub while the snow falls around you – it’s truly magical.


Finally, hot tubs are simply fun!


But it is a big purchase so there are a few things to consider when choosing a hot tub:


Size


How many people do you want to be able to fit in your hot tub? There are a variety of sizes available, typically ranging between 6-8 spots. Keep in mind that with a larger hot tub there are usually more standard features included.

Price


Hot tubs can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. It’s important to set a budget before you start shopping so you don’t end up spending more than you can afford.


While it may seem like a good idea to go the cheaper rate in all cases, there are in fact many situation where you may be better off spending more to get a better product from a more reputable brand.


Features


Some hot tubs come with features like built-in speakers or jets for massages. Decide which features are most important to you and look for a model that has them. Something important to note is that more features obviously means more money but it also means more chances that something goes wrong.

Warranty


When making a large purchase like a hot tub, it’s important to understand the warranty that comes along with it. Most hot tubs come with a warranty that covers the pump and motor for one year and the shell for five years. Some companies also offer extended warranties for an additional cost.


It’s important to read over the warranty carefully before making your purchase to make sure you understand what is and isn’t covered. For example, some warranties don’t cover damages caused by weather or animals.


Set up an outdoor movie theater

An outdoor movie theater can be the perfect way to spend a winter night. Here are a few things you need to set up your own outdoor movie theater.


First, you'll need a projector. Keep in mind that while you may be able to use your indoor projector, it is probably not the best idea. That product was not designed to be outsider so the elements may lead to damage even if you only have it outside for a couple hours a week. Especially if you are planning on using it in the winter months, you'll want to make sure that it was specifically designed to handle the elements.


Second, you'll need a screen. While you can buy a special movie screen, I say just go with a white sheet hanging on a clothesline. It's a much cheaper alternative, works surprisingly well and you also won't have to worry about it. It also adds to that outdoorsy DIY feeling.


Finally, you'll need speakers. Once again, just like the projector, if you are planning on using these speakers during the winter months, make sure that they were designed to handle the elements. There are in fact speakers that are designed for outside and if you arrange them properly you can use them while you're enjoying your hot tub. That's called a 2-for-1!


Get an outdoor sauna

Saunas have been used for centuries as a part of Finish culture and are believed to have many benefits. These benefits include improved circulation, relief from pain, detoxification of the body, and improved skin health.


If you’re looking for ways to enjoy your backyard this winter, why not invest in an outdoor sauna and brag about all the health benefits? There are many different types and sizes of outdoor saunas on the market, so you’re sure to find one that fits your needs and budget.


Here's how you can make your own outdoor sauna.


First, you’ll need to find a spot in your backyard that gets good sun exposure. Then, you’ll need to build a frame for your sauna using lumber and insulation. Be sure to leave enough space for a door and windows.


Once your frame is complete, cover it with cedar siding or another type of weatherproofing material. Then, add your door and windows. Finally, install a stove inside the sauna and hook it up to a chimney.


I know that sounds way too easy. Rather than bore you with all the steps, watch this video if you want more information about sauna building!


Add a temporary hockey rink

A temporary hockey rink is the perfect addition to any backyard this winter. Not only will it provide hours of fun for the whole family, but it will also add a touch of winter magic to your yard.


Building a temporary hockey rink is relatively simple and can be done in just a few hours. All you need is a level spot in your yard, some plywood, PVC pipe, and a tarp. Once you have your materials, simply build a frame around the level spot using the plywood and PVC pipe. Then cover the frame with the tarp and secure it in place with sandbags or heavy rocks. Finally, fill the rink with water and let it freeze overnight.


But all that material doesn't mean that it needs to cost an arm and a leg. Here are a few tips to keep costs down:

  • Use recycled materials whenever possible. For example, old tires can be used as borders for the rink rather than pricey plywood sheets.

  • I'd also recommend avoiding pre-made rink kits because they can be quite pricey and they're unsurprisingly not as good as good old tarp. Plus with tarp, you'll be able to make the rink as big as you want!

  • Don't forget about lighting! You'll need some form of lighting so you can play at night, and solar-powered lights are a very inexpensive option.


Conclusion


So with all these different projects and ways to spend your time outside, you'll stop dreading the winter and actually start looking forward to enjoying your new winter paradise!


In fact, my backyard has turned into the spot for everyone to gather on a beautiful sunny winter day! We'll spend hours outside moving from hot tub to sauna and cap off the day with some cocoa around the fire.


If you still have questions about any of these tips, please contact us and we'll be more than happy to help you make the right choices for your backyard. If on the other hand, you want to learn about how ReDeal can help you reach your financial goals, one of our investment specialists will be more than happy to explain how you can start investing in real estate on autopilot.

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