I just snuck a peek at the Memorial Day weekend weather forecast, and here at HGTV Headquarters it’s going to be all about sun, sun, sun. I prefer to be outside as much as possible this time of year, but all that sun could prove to be a little too much for me (not to mention unsafe! Sunscreen up, people!) You saw my back patio in Mallory’s post, so you can see that we’ve got full exposure if we want to spend any extended time out there. While I love my front porch, I’m dreaming of some ways to work in some more outdoor shade spots in the back so that we can enjoy the fire pit, garden and dogwood tree for longer stretches of time.
So on that note, let’s see how designers and homeowners around the country do outdoor shade.
Deep in the Heart of Texas it’s sunny and warm almost year round, so porches are a MUST. I particularly love this design by Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture for its mix of natural wooden ceiling and stone flooring, which should stay nice and cool with the cover. And as someone who has lived for way too many summers in locations that see 90+ degree days for weeks on end, I can appreciate an outdoor ceiling fan.
Northern California may be a bit more temperate than Texas, but the views and California sun warrant the perfect spot for some outdoor shade. With a view like this and an infinity pool to boot, would you ever leave this terrace designed by Rise Krag? I know I wouldn’t.
Outdoor shade spaces don’t have to be full coverage. This beautiful stone patio with pergola by Beechwood Landscape Architecture is the perfect spot to enjoy the sun with a little dapple of shade. I especially love outfitting pergolas with hanging plants and climbing vines for pops of color and additional natural elements.
In the cloud-covered Pacific Northwest the sun’s presence can be especially welcome, so you don’t want to overdo it on the shade. I like how the overhang of an upper deck in this home designed by Encircle Design and Build provides modest sun protection for a small, outdoor conversation area. You certainly don’t want to interrupt that view, either.
And finally, Florida, where it’s hot and humid for a significant stretch of the year, you’ll find many a home with a lanai attached. A lanai is a patio that’s fully enclosed thanks to a large wall and ceiling of window panels. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoor son while being protected from the sun, heat and mosquitos. This lanai, created by Sharp Design Studio, is actually two stories with an additional balcony overlooking the pool on the upper level.
Ok, I’m ready for my tiki drink and page-turning book!
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