Half of the United States is buried in snow for 4 months out of the year. Every Fall, homeowners rush to close down their outdoor spaces. Not because they have to, but because they don't know how to use them. In Finland, there's 1 sauna for every 2 people.
Old-world cultures have the cold figured out. Ski resorts seem to get it. Where did the homeowner get lost? Why do we avoid the outdoors like the plague? It's because we've been designing outdoor spaces built for the heat instead of the cold. We're designing outdoor spaces built for both.
You can get more bang for your buck by utilizing your outdoor space all yea. Saunas, hot-tubs, fireplaces, and heating systems don't cost nearly as much as you think and the health benefits are well-documented.
It's the 21st century. Every new driveway & patio should have a heating system. Why risk damage from a snow plow when the proper heating system can melt snow upon contact. Salt is corrosive, bad for pets, and terrible for the environment. Heated driveways are the future.
You may have shut down for the winter, but we haven't. We install outdoor spaces 12 months out of the year. There are many overlooked benefits to starting your project in the winter. Bigger savings, shorter wait times, and less intrusive constructions.