Pool | 01/09/15

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Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean that the good times on the patio and in the pool and spa need to come to an end. We’ve compiled a list of 10 ways that you can still keep your outdoor living space fun this season below:

1. Bring On the Heat

Adding a heat source is one sure way to create an inviting outdoor space for yourselves and guests to enjoy. Choose from tabletop designs or full-sized patio heaters to add both warmth and ambiance to your pool and patio area.

2. Create Fire

A heat source may make the area warm, but fire features are what will draw friends and family members outdoors. From simple pits and ornate firebowls to stately fireplaces, homeowners can pick and choose the features they want to create the atmosphere they desire.

3. Dress It Up

Adding a bit of wintry décor is a great way to add some flair to your pool and patio area, even if you aren’t outdoors. Choose a selection of staple winter items that continue to be in season even after the holidays come to an end, such as holiday wreath and fern tree, and place them around your pool and patio.

4. Light Up the Night

Lighting is a must if you want to create a welcoming space outdoors. Strings of white LED lights are an economical way to add some extra twinkle to your backyard, though there are a number of other options including pathway lights, pot lights, and more.

5. Change Your Water Color

Darkness comes sooner during the winter months, which can make the pool and spa appear rather dark and dreary. If you change out your standard bulbs with some bright festively colored lights, it’ll be hard for friends and family to resist taking a dip.

6. Cover the Patio

Not only are exposed patios during the winter subject to increased wear and tear, but covering the patio or creating an enclosure will create a warmer breeze-free spot for everyone to lounge and enjoy.

7. Make it Cozy

Typical plastic patio chairs and loungers may suffice during the summer, but in the winter when it’s already difficult to beckon others outdoors it’s all the more important that you add plush pillows, throws, or even completely replace the furniture on your patio and around the pool and spa.

8. Add Entertainment

Some homeowners may choose to install a television outdoors, though for those of us who haven’t, you can create you very own projection screen and watch shows and movies outdoors and under the stars. All you need is a white shower curtain, a wood frame and a staple gun and you’re set!

9. Create a Coffee, Tea and Hot Chocolate Bar

If you already have an outdoor kitchen, this will be simple to create. For those who don’t, you can build your own and make it as basic (such as placing a hot plate with a kettle on a table outside) or complex as you wish to match your outdoor décor.

10. Throw a Party

Once everything is in place and when the rush of the holidays has calmed, arrange for a nice get together outside with close friends and family that you may not have had a chance to connect with over the Christmas season!



Shasta Pools is a Phoenix pool builder who provides a variety of services including swimming pool remodeling, commercial pool building, and pool service and repair. Since its establishment in 1967, Shasta has helped over 80,000 families realize their dream of pool ownership. By providing exceptional value, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service, the Shasta team continues to fulfill the corporate mission of astonishing and delighting their customers and exceeding expectations. You can learn more about Shasta Pools & Spas by visiting them online, or by connecting with them on Facebook or Twitter.