Getting your home ready for a cold winter involves battening down the hatches to keep the cold out. But indoor living can give you cabin fever after a while.
If you’re starting to feel a little claustrophobic, how about spending more time outside? Or bringing the outdoors in?
Lounging in the sun doesn’t have to be a summer activity. WIth a couple of winter updates, you can make the most of the sunshine (such as it is) throughout the year. Here are some ideas to get you started.
If you have the time and resources for remodeling your home, you could explore the potential of glass to bring some extra sunshine into your life. For example, replace a whole wall with a glass door, or consider a glass ceiling to let the sun pour into your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or living room. Not only will you enjoy the winter sun without the chill, but at night you’ll have the benefit of a starry vista. Installing a glass wall or ceiling can be a costly operation of course, so be sure to opt for quality, lasting materials. FD2U is a fantastic place to source your folding doors.
If you aren’t up for a remodel but do have a greenhouse, you can use this space as a sheltered outdoor haven when the sun’s out. Adding a few comforts, like a bench with cushions, could let you take advantage of this sheltered space. You may not be growing much out there during winter, anyway.
Create a Sheltered Space
One of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors at home in the wintertime is to create an outdoor area that offers protection from the elements. If your patio is exposed to the wind and rain, consider erecting a canvas roof and walls to block the chilly wind. These additions can then be put into storage during the summer when you want more of a breeze. (Of course, shelter from the sun in the height of summer can be useful, too, so you might find yourself using these additions more than you think.)
Once you have these permanent or semi-permanent structures in place, you’ll be able to take advantage of the extra space for socializing, or enjoying time on your own. Or, if you work from home, you might find yourself bringing your laptop out to your new outdoor space.
Protection from the elements means you can keep soft furnishings out there. Furnishing this space needn’t be expensive. Trawl second-hand shops for an old sofa and use an attractive throw to make it suit your style. Of course, you’ll need to look into getting outdoor heaters, and cozy blankets are a nice touch, too.
Whether you embrace glass and bring the sunshine in, or build a cozy outdoor space to get you out of the house more, these tips will help you get a little more sunshine in your life this winter.