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Defy the Seasons; Get a Patio Enclosure

Defy the Seasons; Get a Patio Enclosure By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Bugs, rain, cold, and nosey neighbors are likely to drive anyone from their patios, no matter how gorgeous their landscaping. A patio enclosure lets you relax comfortably (and peacefully) in your yard year-round.

If you think a patio enclosure is unattractive or expensive, take some time to research the today's patio options. The variety of enclosures and accessories, such as patio heaters, can transform your patio into one of your favorite retreat.

Options for Enclosing Your Patio

Whether you're most concerned with cost, style, or convenience, there's a patio enclosure that's perfect for you. Here are a few of your options:
  • Sunrooms: These full patio enclosures designed to allow for maximum sunlight while providing protection from elements and insects.
  • Solariums: These are different from sunrooms in that all the surfaces surrounding your patio, including the roof, are made of glass.
  • Conservatories: Conservatories are essentially sunrooms or solariums with unique architectural styles, such as those from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
  • Retractable Awnings: These versatile protectors provide seasonal shade for your entire patio without obstructing your view.
  • Screens. These patio enclosures give you a breath of fresh air without the bugs.
Your climate will determine which patio enclosure is most appropriate for you, especially in colder regions. Remember that a patio heater can make all the difference. Whatever you choose, your patio should be a comfortable retreat for relaxing or entertaining.

About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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