Where did summer go? Fall is unequivocally upon us. If you’re still keen for living your best deck life even though temperatures are quickly dropping, upgrade your outdoor area with these autumn deck accessories:
Autumn Deck Lighting
Days are shorter this time of year, but you don’t need to cut your deck-joyment short. Keep the good times going into the night with a little artificial light. Patio string lights are inexpensive and ass some serious ambiance to any outdoor area. If you’re looking for a year-round fix, consider installing some built-in lighting on stair risers, railings, and exterior walls.
Nothing draws a crowd outdoors like a cozy flame. Your deck will become the spot-to-be with a portable propane fire pit. You can even DIY a cute table-top version with some basic craft supplies.
To really get the most out of your deck–no matter the season–you need some protection from the elements. Embrace autumn rain showers with a new patio cover, awning, or umbrella. This is the deck feature that keeps on giving. Come summer, you’ll thank yourself for creating a shady nook.
What better way to stay warm and enjoy your home with friends and family than to add an adult beverage or two? If you don’t have a built-in bar, a portable bar cart or bench is a game-changer. Brush up on a few Canadiana fall cocktail recipes and settle in for an excellent time outdoors–without even leaving the house!
Curious neighbours are bound to take a gander at your enviable outdoor area. Keep their prying eyes at bay with a simple privacy screen. Installing a more permanent barrier can also keep autumn wind gusts from interrupting your outdoor sanctuary.
Sure, a Bluetooth speaker gets the job done, but an outdoor speaker system takes your home to the next level. Wiring it with your indoor sound system makes your deck feel like a true extension of your indoor living space. Check out some outdoor speaker options available in Canada.
Pillows & Blankets
Pick up some outdoor cushions and pillows to make your patio furniture more inviting in cooler weather. Keep a basket of well-loved blankets near the door. Settle in with a good book or just take in the amazing autumn vistas. So. Cozy.
Of course, you can’t spend all day on your porch. When you’re not up for braving wet, windy cold pull your deck-cessories into temporary storage. You can transform the space below your deck into dry storage (check out how we made that happen for a Burnaby client). There are also some awesome deck boxes and patio sets with built in storage (they’re usually on sale this time of year, too!).
Even as the leaves are turning colours and the world prepares for winter, you can keep your deck feeling lively with some well-selected greenery. In the moderate Metro Vancouver climate, we can get away with keeping most types of plants alive through the winter, including most herbs and even some flowers. Another excellent option is to use plants to create more privacy and block wind. Line one side of your deck with small trees or creeping vines on lattice for a beautiful, functional, living addition to your deck this fall.