When the weather starts to get cool in Connecticut, most of us think of moving inside. Gone are the lazy summer days by the pool and the warm nights by the grill. However, with the right additions to your home you can make the autumn season a delightful one, even when outdoors.

Here are a few options for improving the look of your Connecticut home and making it more inviting during the early autumn months.

Fire Pits: Great for patios and other stone work backyard settings, fire pits are perfect for chilly autumn nights. What used to be a simple hole in the ground has now turned into a cottage industry where iron and metal workers craft intricate designs for artistic fire pits that will illuminate your patio and keep all your guests warm.

Fireplaces: Much like fire pits, fire places are an excellent way to stay warm when the October air starts to chill. Unlike fire pits, fire places are more traditional and are often built into stone structures that anchor patio dining tables and other outdoor set ups. With a large enough fire place and the right seating furniture around it you can create a warm and cozy atmosphere that is just right for autumn nights.

Torches: A light system is one idea but to create a unique effect and give off some needed heat, torches are perfect for backyard décor. Lining up a series of torches that mark a pathway or stairs is not only safe but will give off some extra heat that can help when the temperature starts to drop a bit. Be careful when using torches and ensure each one is thoroughly extinguished before you turn in for the night.

Canopies with Enclosures: If you plan on entertaining outdoors during the fall, you may need more than just some heat. September and October can bring wind and rain and in that case you will want a sturdy canopy with door and window enclosures so you can still be outside but safe from any foul weather. These canopy kits can be bought with heaters to blow hot air into the canopy so all your guests stay warm. Great for receptions and parties, a bright white canopy tent is a great addition for outdoor entertaining.

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