Don’t Sweat It: 4 Easy Tips for Cooling Down Your Patio

August 14, 2023 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

When enhancing your outdoor living space, there’s nothing more rewarding than a well-designed patio. However, to truly make the most of your space, especially in Texas, it’s crucial to consider the impact of heat and the importance of adding a patio cover to provide much-needed shade. Whether upgrading your existing patio or starting from scratch, thoughtful planning can transform your outdoor area into a haven of comfort and style.

Design Around the Heat

With temperatures in both DFW and the Houston areas soaring during the summer, creating a comfortable environment for you and your guests is essential. Consider the orientation of your patio with the sun’s path. Positioning your patio and furniture to receive shade during the hottest parts of the day can significantly reduce heat exposure.

Embrace the Patio Cover

Installing a patio cover is one of the most effective ways to combat excessive heat and create an inviting atmosphere on your patio. A patio cover not only shields you from the sun but also offers protection from rain, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space even during unpredictable weather. We build patio covers with radiant barriers that help reduce the heat produced under the roof.

Time to Fan Out

Whether it’s a patio ceiling fan circulating air or an outdoor fan mounted near seating areas, fans are a great way to stay cool outside. For more info on outdoor fans, visit our previous blog on patio ceiling fans.

Throw Shade

Shade structures like retractable screens can also offer relief from the sun’s rays. Not only do these additions block out the sun, but they can also complement your overall patio design.  

Although shade will make you feel cooler, it doesn’t technically make temperatures cooler. This is because the temperature you feel in the shade is closer to the actual air temperature. Being in direct sunlight can make the air feel 10-15 degrees warmer than it is because of the sun’s rays hitting your body and hitting your skin. To read more about shading, check out our blog on ways to shade your space.

You’ll have to beat the heat to make the most of your patio year-round. So, whether you’re revamping your current patio or starting anew, consider these factors to maximize your patio’s usage.

Follow us on social media at @tcpoutdoor for more patio inspiration, and start designing your dream outdoor living space by Booking a Free Consultation.

Get In The Zone: 6 Ways To Maximize Your Patio Space

August 14, 2023 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

It’s hard to beat the relaxation, entertainment, and lasting memories a patio can bring. However, to truly maximize your patio’s potential, dividing your space into functional zones is helpful. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your space.

Common Patio Zones

Lounging Area

Unwind and enjoy the backyard by incorporating a lounging zone on your patio. Utilize cozy outdoor sofas, chaise lounges, or hammocks to create an inviting space perfect for relaxing.

Dining Area

Designate a specific area where you can enjoy delicious meals surrounded by friends. Consider installing a stylish dining set that complements your patio’s aesthetic and provides ample seating for gatherings. If space is limited, opt for space-saving solutions like foldable tables or bar-style seating.

Entertainment Area 

Create an area on your patio for entertainment, ensuring enough room for guests to move freely. You can enhance this zone with fire features like a fireplace or add comfortable seating, such as cushioned chairs or built-in benches, encouraging people to gather and celebrate special occasions under the open sky.

You may want to move your zones around over time depending on factors like the weather, how many people are over, or to spice things up. Here are a few great ways to move your zones:

Simple Ways To Define Your Patio

Patio Furniture

Although it may sound obvious, simple furniture like chairs and couches will help define recreational areas from other patio parts. These can be customized to fit your space’s overall aesthetic and can be moved around whenever you like.

Outdoor Rugs

Introduce a touch of coziness and define separate zones by using outdoor rugs. Rugs can visually delineate each area while infusing warmth and style into your patio design. Make sure to choose weather-resistant rugs that can withstand the elements.

Learn 5 Reasons You’ll Be Floored By Your Outdoor Rug and how to use rugs to elevate your outdoor space.

Movable Partitions

If you desire flexibility in your patio layout, consider using movable partitions like decorative screens or trellises. These versatile dividers allow you to transform your patio’s configuration based on your current needs.

Whether renovating an existing patio or starting from scratch, careful planning and attention to detail will help create the patio of your dreams. So, let your creativity flow and design a patio that allows you to unwind, entertain, and enjoy the outdoors.

Follow us on social media at @tcpoutdoor for more patio inspiration, and start designing your dream outdoor living space by Booking a Free Consultation.

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