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How to Use Your Outdoor Space in Every Season: Design Tips from the HGTV® Dream Home 2023

This year's HGTV® Dream Home calls the historic town of Morrison, CO, home. Nearby, the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre and the city of Denver offer a host of activities. From hitting the slopes in the winter months to summer concerts under the stars, Bear Creek Canyon overflows with activity all year long.

December 01, 2022
HGTV Dream Home 2023 in Morrison, CO

"A lot of the design choices were informed by the lifestyle that comes with Colorado. It's very active, and there are hiking trails just a few hundred feet from the house. So it's important that the house fits people who will really take advantage of the surroundings."

Brian Patrick Flynn, Designer of the HGTV® Dream Home 2023

Let's take a closer look at Brian Patrick Flynn's stunning design and see how he crafted a relaxed, yet refined outdoor space ready for every season.

Spring & Summer Outdoor Design Tips

Homeowners tend to use their outdoor spaces the most in the spring and summer months. Flynn incorporated a variety of elements into the design of the HGTV® Dream Home 2023 to bring purpose to the outdoor space and beat the heat.

Exterior photography of 2023 HGTV Dream Home in Morrison, Colorado. Photography of Belgard Hardscape products and Trex composite decking and railing.

Weather-resistant Decking

To start, Flynn opted for a durable, low-maintenance, and heat-mitigating composite decking board from Trex. Ideal for al fresco dining, outdoor yoga, and soaking up the sunshine, this innovative decking won't splinter, fade or stain under the intense western sun.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 in Morrison, CO

Cosy Seating

Flynn chose to enhance the deck with ample seating. By selecting furniture with both comfort and durability in mind, he extended the living space of this year's HGTV® Dream Home across the threshold. To take this outdoor space over the top, Flynn accented the space with two inviting day beds, perfect for an afternoon nap or stargazing at night.

Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen makes the perfect addition to any backyard barbecue. Not only does this kitchen come fully stocked for all your outdoor dining needs, but it is also located under a covered roof to protect your guests and burgers from any unexpected storms.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 in Morrison, CO

Shady Spaces

Incorporating shade into a deck design is crucial if you want to enjoy your deck in warm weather. From the roof covering a portion of the deck to a covered outdoor kitchen to the contemporary pergola, Flynn used a variety of elements to create shady respites throughout the yard.

Exterior photography of 2023 HGTV Dream Home in Morrison, Colorado. Photography of Belgard Hardscape products and Trex composite decking and railing.

Fall & Winter Outdoor Design Ideas

Deck enjoyment doesn’t have to be limited to spring and summer. They’re a great way to take in the beauty of fall and winter months, too. Flynn enhanced the outdoor living experience during colder weather with a few thoughtful features.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 in Morrison, CO

Exterior Lighting

As the days get shorter, lighting is essential to creating a livable space in the fall and winter months. Flynn incorporated lighting into the deck design, creating an effortless solution. Recessed deck lights installed into the deck boards add wayfinding to the space. Aluminium post cap lights enhance the subtle glow of the recessed lights. These illuminated post caps fit seamlessly with the Trex Signature® Rod Rail used on this year's HGTV® Dream Home. To complete the space, Flynn adorned the cladding wall with design-forward sconces.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 in Morrison, CO

Fire Features

Heating is another key element required to extend the use of your outdoor space year-round. No one wants to sit outside in the crisp winter air for too long without a consistent source of heat. Enter the fire pit. On the patio of this year’s HGTV® Dream Home, Flynn added a fire pit to keep friends and family warm outdoors. A fireplace, fire table, or outdoor heater would also be a great alternative.

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