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  • Writer's pictureSara Tabatabaei

Creating a Cozy Outdoor Living Space: Ottawa Edition

Ottawa's beautiful summers deserve to be enjoyed to the fullest! But how can you create an outdoor space that feels as inviting and comfortable as your living room? Here are some tips designed specifically for our Ottawa climate:


Finding Your Cozy Corner:

  • Sunshine and Shade: Ottawa gets plenty of sun, so consider areas with natural shade from trees or overhangs. This will allow you to enjoy the outdoors during the hottest parts of the day.

  • Privacy Matters: Think about how much privacy you desire. If you live close to neighbours, strategically placed planters or a fence extension can create a secluded feel.

Ottawa-Friendly Furnishings:

  • Weatherproof Comfort: Invest in durable, weatherproof furniture that can withstand Ottawa's four seasons. Wicker, teak, and aluminum are all great choices.

  • Cushion Up: Plush cushions and throws will make your furniture extra inviting. Opt for easy-to-clean fabrics that can handle the occasional rain shower.

Warmth and Ambiance:

  • Fire It Up: A fire pit or chiminea adds warmth and a natural focal point to your space. Perfect for roasting marshmallows on those cool summer evenings.

  • Light Up the Night: String lights, lanterns, and strategically placed solar lights create a magical atmosphere after dark.

Ottawa's Greener Thumb:

  • Container Greenery: Ottawa's winters can be harsh on plants. Opt for potted perennials, herbs, and small shrubs that can be brought indoors during the colder months.

  • Climbing Vines: Plant climbing vines on trellises or fences for a touch of privacy and natural beauty. Choose varieties suited to Ottawa's climate.


Bonus Tip: Don't forget the mosquitos! Include citronella candles or torches in your design to keep those pesky bugs at bay.

By incorporating these tips, you can transform your outdoor space into a cozy haven that you'll enjoy all summer long.  For help creating your dream outdoor living space, contact Ottawa Home Contractors today!


Ottawa Home Contractors can help you with:

  • Deck and patio construction

  • Fire pit installations

  • Privacy screens and fences

  • Outdoor lighting solutions

Let's create your cozy outdoor retreat!

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