You Can Enjoy Your Patio All Year Long With These Features

A patio is a great addition to your home, as it extends your living space outdoors and allows you to enjoy nature in comfort. Better yet, additions to your patio like outdoor fireplaces or heaters, pergolas or gazebos for shade, and comprehensive lighting make it possible to enjoy the space throughout the year. A professional patio installation service can easily construct and install all these elements into your outdoor patio space.

Northern Virginia Landscaping has performed numerous patio installations and unique hardscaping projects for clients throughout Fairfax, VA. We also provide  excellent softscaping arrangements for those who want a beautiful landscape to match their outdoor living spaces. Our team is highly experienced and dedicated to providing the best landscaping services possible, offering personalized customer service so that our work matches your vision and needs.

Below, we list some of the features you can include to make your patio a year-round living space:

Comfortable Heating


One of the biggest barriers to spending time out on your patio throughout the year is the frigid cold that descends during the fall and winter months.

This is only natural, but can be resolved easily if you install one or more sources of heat, particularly around your seating area. There are a number of heating and fire features to choose from, including:

Some of these can be purchased from outdoor furnishing or home improvement retailers, while others can be built by an experienced patio installation professional.

Weatherproof Furnishings

On top of using heating to keep your patio nice and cozy, include weatherproof furniture so that you and your guests have a comfortable place to hang out whenever you want. Weatherproof furniture is a practical investment to make for the long-term usage of your home’s outdoor space.

In addition to being resistant to the elements, weatherproof furnishings are easy to manage, as they are often waterproof and stain resistant, making their upkeep simple and easy for you. Some water resistant materials to look for in your patio furniture include:

  • Powder-coated steel
  • Teak
  • Synthetic/composite plastics
  • Polyresin wicker

Extensive Outdoor Lighting


Spending time outside on the patio shouldn’t just be reserved for the daytime. With the right lighting setup, you and your loved ones can enjoy even more time on your patio at night.

An extensive lighting setup uses several types of lights, placed strategically to give you control over the atmosphere of your patio for different occasions. Here’s a list of some types of lighting you’ll want to include in your outdoor setup:

  • String lights – for creating a more elegant, laid back atmosphere during outdoor family meals or dinner parties.
  • Landscape lights – these are usually either spotlights or floodlights, which are used to project narrow or wide beams of light to brighten and highlight the best elements of your landscape, such as your trees or hedges.
  • Wall lights – these attach to the side of your house, providing excellent accent lighting so that the nooks and crannies of your patio are lit, allowing guests to safely see where they’re going.
  • Path lights – Many homeowners have a professionally built walkway that leads to their patio so that family and guests can directly reach it without having to enter the house. Path lights are used to make sure the walkways are well-lit and safe to traverse.

Cover From Above and Around

Along with keeping things warm during the fall and winter, as well as bright at night, you also want to make sure your patio is cool during hot summer days. Have a qualified patio installation professional work on building additions–patio roof, a pergola, or a gazebo–to produce shade, making your patio feel several degrees cooler.

You can also use these additions to hang screens or curtains, which provide an extra stylish flair to your patio, while also providing protection from the elements and a greater level of privacy for you and your guests.

Seasonal Decorations

With all the right pieces in place, you can enjoy each and every holiday outdoors throughout the year. With the best possible heating elements installed in your patio, you can comfortably hold Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas parties for your family and guests.

And with plenty of shade, you can host all manner of barbecues, dinner parties, birthdays, and much more all throughout the spring and summer. All in all, with a fully-equipped patio you will be able to maximize the use of your outdoor space and gather with family and friends all year long.

Northern Virginia Landscaping: Expert Patio Installation in Fairfax, VA

These are just a few of the numerous ways that you can enhance your patio’s design to make it a year-round living space for you, your family, and your friends. Moreover, with the assistance of a team of experts in quality patio installation, you can design your outdoor living space to your precise specifications. Northern Virginia Landscaping performs high quality hardscaping installations for homes across Fairfax, VA, from walkways and plant beds, to decks and patios. Additionally, we also perform a wide variety of softscaping as well, including garden and landscape arrangement, land grading, and much more. Contact us at (703) 982-0100 to learn more about our landscape design services!

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