It is not uncommon for me to peer out my window and look into the blazing colors of the fall foliage set against a Carolina blue sky and hear the lyrics to that beloved song by the Byrds play in my mind. The poetic words set against the melody — “to everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season…” Maybe you also hum the same tune as you stroll into your backyard during your favorite season. Here in the Piedmont Triad and all across parts of North Carolina Mother Nature provides a stunning seasonal backdrop to enjoy various outdoor living spaces. Each season presents itself with distinguishable plants that are at their peak of beauty during a specific season. The beauty of the outdoors is “ripe” and in season during certain times much like the native ingredients that we use in many of our favorite seasonal recipes. If you are thinking about adding an outdoor living structure to your property and can’t decide on the best fit for your lifestyle, let the seasons be your guide. Designing and building a space that will provide the most benefit and enjoyment during your favorite season is a good guide to choosing the structure best suited to your taste. With this in mind, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad shows you how your favorite season reveals your perfect outdoor space consideration.
Spring outdoor living Carolina Style
Spring in North Carolina is a time of renewal. The birds are singing, the forest and woods have awoken from their cold winter’s nap. Our backyards transform from shades of grey into a bounty of color. For many North Carolinians, spring represents prime time for outdoor living. For gardeners and those that enjoy tending and nurturing their landscape,spring is the season to plant, prune, feed and watch the fruits of your labor. The Carolina spring is steeped in mild, warm days and cool nights. An open porch may just be the perfect outdoor living space for you to have your cake and eat it too. If you are thinking of adding a deck to your outdoor space, you may consider a design that features a part of the space covered so that you may have more options available when it comes to sun exposure. A screened porch and deck combination will give you extended outdoor living options when it heats up and will also provide space for entertaining. Combination outdoor living spaces such as these provide the perfect vantage point to enjoy the daffodils, tulips, azaleas and cherry trees that are in full bloom during the spring. The Easter holiday falls during the spring and is the perfect time to whip up a luscious sweet potato pie topped with homemade whipped cream.Did you know Sweet potatoes are the state food of North Carolina? Can you imagine yourself entertaining family and friends during the Easter holiday on your screened porch amid the sumptuous blooms of spring in your backyard? I thought so.
Summer Carolina living
Do you find yourself craving the warmth and beauty of the NC summer every minute of the day and into the evening? Do you enjoy creating culinary delights from the bounty of local produce available, such as fried green tomatoes or blackberry cobbler? Maybe you enjoy the music of the summer cicadas which are so prevalent in our region during the summer evenings? Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad can design and build the perfect outdoor structure to satisfy those cravings. Close your eyes. Imagine walking in the back door of your cozy Southern screened porch. Open them. This is it! This screened porch has classic Southern white contrast with white pickets on the railings and white accents on the stairs. A screened porch will protect you from the hot summer days and the threat of insects such as mosquitoes.
Carolina’s fall outdoor living bliss
To me, the North Carolina autumn is my favorite season. Not only are our backyards ablaze with hues of amber, crimson and gold other plants also increase the visual interest of our landscapes. These include the vibrant colors of fall-blooming sedum, mums and the unique beauty of rosehips leftover where blooms once stood. There is a bounty of local produce on hand to choose from as well, crisp NC apples perfect for pies and pumpkins galore! In order to make the most out of the fall your perfect outdoor structure doesn’t need to be attached to your home – nor does it need to be huge. A pergola can provide the perfect setting for autumn’s glory.
Can you tell this screened porch is in the Carolinas? Our pear trees look beautiful when they’re among the first to bloom in the spring. They also lead the way with grabbing that stunning red fall hue. Watch the seasons change outside while staying dry and bug free.
Winter in Dixie
North Carolina is known for its mild winters. The occasional wisp of snow treats us to Southern winter delights like the arrival of our state bird, the Cardinal, in our backyards. The NC landscape is still alive with color during the winter as the Sasanqua, known as the Christmas or Yuletide Camellia, grace our yards with delicate blooms of pink, red and white. During the late winter hellebores (Lenten roses) also reach full bloom. I can’t think of a better space to enjoy all old man winter has to offer than a large screened porch with an outdoor fireplace. This huge screened porch has an open gable on one end so you can see the tips of the trees. The fan circulates the breeze and the warmth from the fireplace. The classic Chippendale railings add the finishing design touch. Enjoy a mug of mulling cider by the fireplace with a slice of Southern pecan pie anyone?
No matter which Carolina season you call your favorite, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad can design an outdoor living space to help you make the most out of it. Contact us today to get started on creating your ideal outdoor oasis to fit every season! (336) 664 – 1332
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