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Patio Living, 365 Days a Year

Patio Living, 365 Days a Year By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

A great patio is a valuable extension of your home. Now-thanks to patio enclosures, furniture, and accessories-you can enjoy outdoor living year round.

Are you unable to enjoy your patio as often as you'd like? Whether you're ravaged by insects, the onslaught of cold weather, or even just shorter days, there are simple solutions to all your patio woes. Accessories, such as patio heaters, lights, or sensible furniture, can make a world of difference.

Patio Enclosures Have Evolved

Patio enclosures aren't what they used to be. Today's market boasts a variety of structures and styles, including:
  • Retractable awnings that provide either natural light or shade-whichever your patio needs at the time.
  • Glass walls or ceilings that transform your patio enclosure into a solarium or conservatory.
  • Patio screens that welcome warm breezes, but not the bugs that typically ride them.
  • A roof for your patio enclosure can either protect you from the rain, or provide a skylight-the call is yours.

Practical Accessories

A few accessories can transform your patio into a true outdoor oasis. A patio heater, for instance, means you can enjoy the autumn view without investing in a full patio enclosure. If you want to spend time on your patio in the evenings, you'll need of patio light. A full-fledged patio enclosure offers a multitude of lighting options, but torches, propane lanterns, and other patio lights can create a unique atmosphere, too. Patio furniture is another great way to accessorize, and can complement any enclosure style.

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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