From patios to porches, balconies to decks, no matter what your favorite outdoor living space is, it’s meant to be enjoyed to the fullest – even when the temps outside soar in the summer. Few things are more frustrating for a homeowner than waiting to spend time in your outdoor living space until the sun starts to set.
Luckily, there are plenty of simple ways to make your outdoor areas relaxing havens during the summertime and fabulous places to entertain guests without worrying they won’t feel comfortable in the heat.
Take a look at our ideas below on how to create a very cool outdoor living space – literally.
Add ceiling fans – If you spend time on a covered porch, deck, or patio, a ceiling fan is a great way to add airflow and cool things down. Design-wise they create an awesome aesthetic that’s reminiscent of lazy summer nights in southern coastal towns or Key West. And because there are a variety different styles of ceiling fans to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect one for your unique taste. Ceiling fans are also easy to install and clean. Bonus: In the fall months, you can reverse the rotation of the fan to keep the area warmer.
Invest in an outside bar – If you do a lot of outdoor entertaining, an outside bar is a great way to keep you and your guests refreshed when the summer gets going. Bars are easy to build, and many can be taken indoors and stored during the colder months. Take a look at Houzz for design inspiration to get started. You’ll be sending out invites to your next grill out or pool party in no time.
Install an outdoor misting system – If you’ve spent any time in warm, dry cities like Phoenix or Las Vegas, you’re probably familiar with the mists outside of restaurants, shopping areas, and many homes that intermittently mist water to keep things cool. Luckily, the trend has hit Cincinnati – and it’s definitely here to stay.
Misting systems can be extensive and cover your entire outdoor area, or you can add a misting system to a smaller outdoor space, like a patio or deck. You can also purchase misting fans that do the job quite well, too.
Use a retractable awning – This is one of the simplest ways to cool things down – and not just outside, but inside, too. When your porch or balcony is shaded, less sun gets inside, so your house stays cooler, too – and that can help you save a little on your next energy bill. Awnings come in a variety of styles and can be customized for your home. Most are easy to clean and can be taken down and stored during the winter months.
Get a patio pergola – A great way to add a little shade to your outdoor area is with a pergola. These are completely customizable and come in a variety of materials – from wood to steel. Some pergolas are ornate and can add an air of sophistication and flair to an outdoor area, while others are simple yet very effective in shielding the sun.
Consider a sail shade – One of the latest and greatest ways to cool down your outdoor areas is with sail shades. These shades are easy to adjust and many are made with a UV resistant fabric, so they protect you and your family from harmful UV rays. Sail shades are waterproof, easy to install and easy to clean, too.
We still have plenty of summer left to enjoy, and with these tips, you can happily spend the warmest days of the year in your home’s outdoor living space, having lots of fun in the sun.