Ways to Extend Being Outside in the Fall

residential pergola-2Looking for ways to make the most of your time outdoors as the weather turns cooler? We have some ideas for you!  Take full advantage of all the fall season has to offer with these tips from the outdoor living experts at Denver Pergola Systems.

Host a Fall Party by the Fire

Invite friends and family to enjoy the crisp fall air. Create a cozy feel with festive gold and orange-toned throw blankets and pillows. Relax around your fire pit, enjoying conversation while indulging in autumn-inspired goodies like spiced cider and pumpkin muffins, or a classic spread of wine and cheese.

Treat Your Inner Foodie

Break out the patio heaters, treating yourself and your closest friends and family members to an intimate outdoor meal by candlelight or luminary. Create the latest recipe from your favorite cooking show in your outdoor kitchen, or splurge on takeout from your favorite area restaurant.

Share the Love in Your Outdoor Kitchen

Support your local farmer by visiting an area U-pick farm with friends or family. Take your bounty back to your outdoor kitchen, making an annual event out of turning fall food treatures into cherished treats such as apple jelly, hot cider, and pie. Plan your trip and baking endeavors in advance, ensuring ample canning tools or take-home cookware.

Reconnect with Your Inner Child

Reconnect with your inner child and your children, enjoying s’mores over top of a small, gas-burning outdoor fire pit. Portable models are affordable and easy to tote in or out of your outdoor living space as weather changes.

Indulge in the Classics

Host holiday-themed movie nights into the winter season, taking out your pop-up screen projector or enjoying your outdoor TV in the dark. Cuddle up and enjoy holiday classics such as Halloween, Dutch, Miracle on 34th Street, or for the man in your life – Die Hard. Don’t forget the snacks!

Enjoy a Good Book

Create a cozy reading space with sheepskins, lush throws, and large pillows, indulging in a hot chocolate and good book by the fire.

Don’t miss out on a single second outdoors. Extend the outdoor living season with the help of Denver Pergola Systems today.

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Tips for Planning an Outdoor Thanksgiving Celebration

residential pergoal in the fallMild autumn weather offers a wonderful opportunity for an outdoor Thanksgiving gathering. Rather than being crowded within the confines of your home, an outdoor Thanksgiving event gives you more room to spread out and enjoy your celebration with family and friends. How can you ensure outdoor Turkey Day festivities go off without a hitch?

Plan Your Menu and Seating In Advance 

Rather than waiting until the day of the event, prepare your tables and seating setup in advance. Consider all the options that might work for your outdoor space. This could be one or two large tables or several small tables. A buffet set up, drink, and dessert stations are another option to tabletop fare. Decide on tableware and centerpieces, assembling and storing them nearby for quick setup Thanksgiving morning. Decide on the menu you will be providing, and whether you’ll be delegating any cooking tasks to family and friends.

Be Prepared for Weather-Related Snafus

The last thing you want is to be squeezing diners into an unprepared home due to off-weather on Turkey Day. Create a welcoming dining space regardless of the weather with the help of your Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola. Our state of the art systems allow you to accommodate outdoor dining year-round, providing the perfect place to enjoy a holiday meal and relax with family and friends. Should unexpected weather take your Thanksgiving event by surprise, a quick adjustment to pergola louvers ensures a comfortable, drip-free dining experience. When the weather clears, reopen your louvers and let the sunshine in on your event.

Do Some of the Cooking 1-2 Days Before the Event

Lighten your Thanksgiving load, freeing up oven and cooktop space the day of the main event by beginning some cooking tasks a day or two in advance. Side dishes like mashed potatoes, casseroles, and many desserts are easily made ahead and stowed in the fridge in oven-friendly containers.

Watch the Clock on the Big Day

Get your turkey into the oven, ensuring plenty of time to rest before dining.  Reheat vegetables and side dishes made the day before to serve alongside your turkey. Before guests arrive, tackle and last-minute setup and décor to-dos.

Stop sweating the holiday seating arrangements. Spread out and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday outdoors beneath the comfort of an StruXture adjustable aluminum pergola. Contact Denver Pergola Systems to learn more today.

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Get Fit for Less in a Backyard Gym

back yard gymWith just a few key pieces of workout equipment and safe, open backyard space to workout, you can avoid the time-consuming hassle and expense of trekking to the gym. Instead, you can enjoy your workout in the fresh air and sunshine right in your own backyard.

Sanity Saver

With a backyard gym, it’s easier to fit a workout into your hectic schedule. Squeeze in a workout while cooking dinner or watching the kids, getting your blood flowing, and improving your mood. No commute. No membership dues. No fancy workout gear. No waiting on sweaty gym equipment or embarrassment over your skill level. Workout whenever you like, whatever hour of the day or night that works for you, without monopolizing essential space in your home.

Designing an Outdoor Workout Space that Works for You

You don’t need a mammoth sport court to workout in your backyard. You can ensure an outdoor workout space that’ll keep you motivated for years with a few common-sense additions:

  • Shelter
    • Enjoying a workout in any weather is no sweat with an StruXture adjustable aluminum pergola addition. Shelter yourself and your gym equipment, enjoying sun, shade, or leak-free rain protection. Close louvers on demand, pre-program via the iLouver app with your smartphone, or incorporate the latest rain-sensing technology for on-demand response. Our ingeniously-designed gutter system allows you to leave your equipment in play for impromptu workouts.
  • Outdoor Equipment
    •  With the popularity of outdoor exercise, there are many options for larger gym equipment built, from treadmills and elliptical machines to bicycles and rowers. Carefully chosen for your interests, this can make your yard feel like a backyard playground for you and your family. Some additions, such as pull-up/exercise bars, balance beams, and climbing domes, can double as play equipment for your children, providing a healthy dose of outdoor activity
  • Equipment Covers
    • Though your pergola will protect your equipment from the occasional afternoon shower and heat of the sun, it is best to protect your equipment with covers. Equipment covers provide a barrier against dust and dirt between workouts, ensuring equipment is clean for your next workout. Covers also guard against exposure to sideways rain/snow in severe weather.
  • Storage
    • A weatherproof place to safely store yoga mats, bands, free weights, and other miscellaneous workout gear is a must. This equipment will vary based on your workout of choice.
  • Workout-Friendly Flooring
    • The groundcover for your backyard gym should be slip-resistant whether wet or dry and carefully installed to ensure a level surface fit for workouts. Good options include wood decks, patio pavers, and concrete. Depending on activities, you may wish to top these with artificial grass or rubber playground matting.
  • Other Considerations
    • Equipping your pergola with built-in lighting will allow you the freedom to exercise any time of day. If you’re shy or have nosy neighbors, you may also wish to outfit your pergola with motorized privacy screens or curtains.

Don’t sideline your workouts. Reinvest your gym membership into your backyard. Create a backyard gym that keeps you on track with the help of Denver Pergola Systems today.

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