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Year-Round Patio Usage

Year-Round Patio Usage

By Associates in Building + Design
Published May 30, 2017

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From the quaint little gardens to the high-rise rooftops, the patio dining scene in Fort Collins is a hot spot during the summer months. There are many stunning patios featured throughout town, such as Odell Brewing Company and Illegal Pete’s, but what if you could create your own masterpiece of outdoor entertainment?

Here in Colorado, we like to take full advantage of our outdoor living spaces. At ABD, we want those outdoor living spaces to be enjoyable year-round. A patio is like the foundation of a home; it must be built sturdy and planned correctly to ensure additions are easy and feasible. Your outdoor parties will be a lot more successful if you make sure your patio is comfortable, spacious and inviting.


screened porchA covered patio adds appeal to your home, but also provides a series of enhancements that will allow you to extend the season. A common advantage of having a shaded patio is that it’s a place to relax. It lets us enjoy the fresh air without getting soaked by the rain or beaten by the sun.  In the warmer months, the covered area is necessary for comfort.

Some homes are designed with a patio or porch within their home, such as the one pictured here.  This home creates a sweet escape to the outdoors and features a ceiling fan for extra air flow. The screened-in porch ensures safety and allows for an open feeling, but also protects against weather and insects.

Outdoor Kitchen

Transforming your outdoor area into a year-round, multi-functional living space to enjoy every beautiful season Fort Collins has to offer is ideal. An outdoor kitchen is a great way to entertain, but it also includes many benefits that homeowners often overlook, such as increasing the value of the home, saving on utility bills and keeping the smells outside.

Our design team starts with your vision in mind. The options are nearly endless and just about anything you can imagine can be incorporated into an outdoor kitchen or barbecue island. We can go as simple or elaborate as you like. All of our outdoor structures are properly built to withstand the weather swings that Colorado is known for.

For example, the outdoor kitchen pictured to the right is built with sturdy and stylish veneers, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, all of which will not fade in the sunlight, become stained with rain and dirt, or suffer from the heat produced by the grill and built-in fire pit.outdoor fireplace

Fireplaces and Fire Features

When homeowners think of adding fire pits to their outdoor living areas, they usually associate this backyard centerpiece with summer evenings.  A fire pit offers relaxation and a chance to enjoy the nature that surrounds you, but it can be used for every Fort Collins season. Fire pits and fireplaces can create a dramatic and cozy ambiance to enjoy a summer barbecue or cut the chill of a fall evening.

Fire features help build memories and they create a focal point within the backyard. In the summer, they’re known for making famous snacks such as toasted marshmallows and roasted hot dogs. They also serve as a mosquito repellent!  In the fall, a fire feature can serve as a tailgate spot for a football watching party, or it can allow you to enjoy the great outdoors even after the weather turns cold thanks to their ability to extend your outdoor entertaining season. By providing warmth during the early or late months of the year, you can still enjoy your backyard and patio with a fire pit!

If you are looking to expand your entertainment space this summer, contact us today to discuss the many options available. Our experts can help you dream up and design the perfect outdoor living space. We work with homeowners to help create and build an outdoor area that will serve a purpose all year long. At Associates in Building + Design, we have the experience necessary to transform your backyard into the outdoor living space of your dreams. Contact our professionals today or visit to see a gallery of our work.