Hot tub? Check! Outdoor kitchen? Check! Seating for everyone? Check!

Colorado’s 300 annual days of sunshine call for being outside as much as possible. A permanent outdoor extension lets you do just that, says Peter Van, president of Littleton-based Elite Landscape & Outdoor Living, by expanding your indoors to the outdoors.

“The custom structures are built to match your existing home and roof so the two spaces flow seamlessly together,” Van says. “The structures are versatile and can be added onto any size home. They allow homeowners to entertain guests all year around, without weather restrictions.”

Outdoor extensions also let you spend more time with your family and guests. Built-in kitchens—which can include grills, range hoods, sinks, refrigerators and other cooking appliances, as well as space to prepare meals and fix drinks—eliminate the need to run back and forth between the house and the patio. Custom heaters allow homeowners and guests to enjoy the backyard all year long. And fire bowls and fire pits make great spaces for sunset conversations or a relaxing glass of wine in the evening. “Fire pits and fire bowls come in all different sizes, shapes and styles,” Van says. “Fire elements remain at the top of every homeowner’s wish list.”

Working with a smaller space? Include a variety of seating options, Van says. “By providing a lot of seating options, a small space can be transformed into a big, inviting space. You can include custom built-in seating around the perimeter of a patio, stools at the custom outdoor kitchen bar or seating at your grand outdoor table.”