Fall patio ideas

Fall is here, and with it comes your final chance to enjoy your garden before the cold...

Fall is here, and that usually means people head indoors as the cold weather arrives. These easy updates for your outdoor living space will make it useful during the cold months.

Dining outdoors

There are a few ways to cook outside: over a grill, a firepit or an outdoor stove.  The best grill for a one-pot soup has individual side burner that's separate from the rack, where you can leave a cast-iron pot bubbling away for hours while the flavors mingle. Fall also provides great weather for grilling out. November is the best time of year to buy gas grills because retailers are actively trying to deplete surplus summer stock, so you can get yours at a good price.

Warm up the patio

Warm up your outdoor area with a gas patio and garden heater. These come in a range of shapes and sizes, and usually operate using liquid propane for fuel. Most models have wheels and a handy ignition switch so you don't have to struggle to light or move them. Position the heaters close to your seating area so guests are sheltered from the cold.

Install drop-down sides for your outdoor patio to protect your guests and equipment from strong, cold winds. Fasten sheets of heavy canvas or plastic to the patio overhangs using nails, and roll them up when you aren't using them to protect them from the elements. When you drop them down, they provide shelter from the weather.

Take the TV outside

Watch fall football and late night movies outdoors by building an enclosure for your television that protects it from the elements. To create an outdoor home theater on a budget, place your TV on a low table or stand and put up a small tent around it that you can close as the weather changes.

Build a fire pit

Make your fire pit a feature area by contracting a patio builder to build one in the main area of your patio. Giving it broad, level sides will make it possible for you to enjoy it year round. During the warmer months, cover it with a circular countertop to use it as an outdoor table. In winter, it provides a perfect way to keep your guests warm in your yard.

Make the most of your outdoor space with a little creativity, quality gas grills and some basic home improvement materials.

Join The Mad Hatter Service Co. for their Customer Appreciation Cookout Event this Saturday, November 14 from 8 am - 6 pm at their store in Alpharetta, Georgia. They'll be grilling out and running deals all day. You can find directions and details on their Facebook page.

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