Enjoying Your Outdoor Living Spaces in Winter

When it comes to Jacksonville’s mild winters, residents have a unique opportunity to make the most of their outdoor living spaces throughout the year. Indeed, cooler months provide the perfect backdrop for enjoying your outdoor oasis with family and friends. In this post, you’ll find a collection of suggestions and practical advice to enhance your outdoor spaces this winter, all while comfortably sidestepping the brisker weather.


Outdoor Fire Features: Warmth and Ambiance

Introduce outdoor fire features like fire pits and fireplaces to your outdoor living spaces. These not only provide warmth but also create a cozy and inviting ambiance. Gather around the fire with loved ones, toast marshmallows, or simply enjoy the mood of the crackling flames. A few firepit options include:

  • Gas firepit
  • Wood-burning firepit
  • Gas fireplace with a television above

Cozy Seating Nooks: Create Warm and Inviting Spaces

Design cozy seating nooks with plush cushions and blankets to keep everyone comfortable during cooler evenings. Incorporate outdoor rugs and weather-resistant curtains to add warmth and style. Create an intimate atmosphere with strategically placed seating arrangements that encourage conversation and relaxation. These inviting spaces will make your outdoor area the go-to spot for gatherings.

  • Smithway Tip: Build a stylish windbreak! To shield your cozy nook from chilly winds, consider installing a stylish windbreak. This could be in the form of outdoor screens, trellises with climbing vines, or even a decorative partition.

Hot Tub or Spa: Relaxation All Year Round

Consider adding a hot tub or spa to your outdoor living spaces. It’s an ideal way to enjoy the winter season while staying comfortably warm. Whether you opt for a standalone hot tub or a spa integrated into your overall design, this feature will undoubtedly enrich your outdoor experience and make those winter nights even more magical. Some hot tub options to consider are:

  • Inground Hot Tub: Installed alongside swimming pools, inground hot tubs can add value to your home and blend seamlessly with landscaping.
  • Wooden Hot Tub: Offering a natural aesthetic and alternative heating sources, wooden hot tubs can be placed off the grid.
  • Portable Hot Tub: Versatile and available in various sizes and materials, portable hot tubs are energy-efficient and can be customized with deck integration.

Outdoor Dining: Alfresco Winter Feasts

Extend your outdoor dining experience into the winter months by incorporating an outdoor kitchen or barbecue area. Host alfresco winter feasts with family and friends, complete with hearty meals and warm beverages. Ensure your outdoor kitchen is equipped with the essentials, including a grill, countertops, and seating. Don’t forget to add weather-resistant coverings to protect your outdoor cooking space from the elements.


Garden Enhancements: Winter Plantings and Decor

Enhance your outdoor living spaces with winter-themed garden enhancements. Plant cold-hardy, evergreen shrubs, and colorful winter blooms to maintain a vibrant garden throughout the season. Decorate your outdoor space with festive lights, wreaths, and seasonal decor to infuse a touch of holiday charm. These garden enhancements will keep your outdoor area visually appealing during the winter months.


Create Your Ideal Outdoor Space

Whether you’re looking to add fire features, create cozy seating nooks, or enhance your outdoor dining experience, Smithway Home Solutions can bring your vision to life. We specialize in designing and building custom outdoor living spaces that cater to your unique needs and preferences. Contact us today to explore how we can help you make the most of your outdoor living spaces this winter and all year round.


Jacksonville’s mild winter climate provides the perfect backdrop for maximizing your outdoor living spaces. By incorporating these creative ideas and tips, you can create a warm and inviting outdoor oasis that you’ll love throughout the winter season.