Like most aspects of life in 2020, the holidays will look a little different this year as we navigate the ongoing pandemic. The CDC recommends virtual celebrations in the name of public safety, but many families understandably still want to gather for some good food and quality time. This has led to a spark of creativity as people discover how they can have their turkey and social distance, too.
Thanksgiving is approaching rapidly, but there is still time to make some changes to your home and adapt to the new normal. Feast your eyes on these ideas ahead!
Outdoor activities are highly encouraged during this time, and dining is no different. Many states have placed great emphasis on dining al fresco, so why not host Thanksgiving outside as well? With an outdoor kitchen, you can have the full experience of preparing the meal while conversing with your guests, and they will have less ground to cover when they go to serve themselves.
Adding an outdoor kitchen is admittedly an extensive home project, but you can enjoy it year-round once it’s done. (Bonus: According to Absolute Outdoor Kitchens, homes with outdoor kitchens can see a return on investment ranging between 100% and 200%!)
Multiple Seating Areas
We’re all used to keeping six feet apart by now, but how can your guests maintain distance if there’s only one place to sit? The answer is to set up multiple seating areas so diners can spread out if they so choose. You can easily add an extra table and chairs to the patio, the deck or by the outdoor fireplace, if you have one.
If you haven’t yet added these features to your outdoor space, now is a perfect time. The weather is cooler, and you’ll be prepared—most gatherings will be outside for the foreseeable future.
High-touch surfaces in your home like door handles, cabinets, and drawers can be the places where germs spread, which is the last thing you want during a pandemic. Fortunately, there have long been efforts to stop the spread of germs in public facilities. One of the most widely-used solutions is antimicrobial hardware, which uses surface coatings to help highly touched surfaces kill microbes and bacteria.
Think of making this swap like a miniature kitchen renovation project. Using antimicrobial hardware can not only make your home a little cleaner, but it can also give your space a new look.
Even though it’s certainly warm here in the desert, it does get chilly during the fall and winter nights. Be sure your outdoor entertaining space has plenty of cozy accessories like heat lamps, blankets, and pillows so it’s still comfortable when the sun goes down. Few holiday mishaps are worse than having to cut a celebration short because of the weather.
Contact Yourson Contracting For Backyard Remodeling In Phoenix-Metro
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving or other holiday celebrations this year, you might need to rethink your outdoor setup. If you’re located in the Phoenix-Metro area and looking for a reputable home design specialist, the team at Yourson Contracting would be happy to assist you in your remodeling projects.