The idea of barbecues, kids playing in the backyard or evenings spent relaxing with a glass of wine often bumps up against the reality of Texas heat and Houston humidity. It sounds great in theory but who wants to drown in sweat? The solution? Vanbrooke builders and these tips for cooling down your outdoor sanctuary.
Install Fans and Misters
A covered patio is a must in Texas, but you can do more to beat the heat. If your builder doesn’t include a ceiling fan, you can opt for one at the design center. Also ask if you can have misters installed. These devices can drop the temperature on your patio by 20 degrees.
Pergolas, Arbors and Awnings
Structures such as pergolas and arbors are attractive ways to provide shade — especially if you cover the tops with fabric or climbing vines. Cloth awnings can be put up in the summer and taken down when the weather cools down.
Extend Your Patio
Extended patios don’t just give you more space, they give you more shade. Most builders offer the option. You can then divide the space the same way you do your house with kitchen, dining and seating areas all shaded for your comfort.
Speaking of Kitchens
Outdoor kitchens aren’t just convenient for grilling. Built-in refrigerators ensure you will always have a cool drink available. With enough counter space you can even set up a backyard bar.
Add a Water Feature
You may not want a pool but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy cooling down next to a water feature. Consider installing a small fountain or waterfall to add both cooling effects and a nice sound.
Pick Your Patio Furniture
Metal furniture gets hot and can even burn you. Wood and wicker tend to stay cooler. When it comes to cushions, choose cloth treated for outdoor use over plastic.
Plant More Trees
If you have room, plant additional trees. Many varieties grow quickly and will provide the shade you need within five years. Speak with a representative at your local nursery to find out which varieties grow the best in your neighborhood.