What kind of summer projects do you have for your outdoor living space?? There’s some great shade ideas from the article below that will give you some summer inspiration! There definitely needs to be a Koi pond, though! So relaxing!
Originally posted by Suzanne Barker via Houzz.com
In the middle of the day, we often need to escape from the summer sun or take shelter from tropical showers that occasionally interrupt our afternoons. So some form of shade cover makes sense in the summer months, and it can help create an outdoor living area you’ll want to hang out in. Get inspired by these protective shade ideas to stay cool and sheltered in your garden.
Choose a sail with high UV protection, and make sure you choose one that is also large enough to give you sufficient shade on your patio or deck. An easy test to see how a potential sail throws shade is to hang some string where the edge of the sail would be and watch where the shade of the string ends up as the sun moves across the sky. Overlap several sails to add a statement and create more shade coverage.
Tip: Waterproof sails are great as a carport. But remember that waterproofing also makes it windproof, so you need much stronger anchorage to keep it in place. Check the pitch of the sail, as you’ll need to design for water runoff — you don’t want water to pool underneath.
While you don’t need to remove a shade sail when summer’s over, taking down your sail for the winter months will help extend its life. This also allows low sun to enter your home and warm it up.
Choose a light-filtering fabric that reduces the glare and blocks direct sunlight without darkening the deck. Allow for tie-downs to secure the shade in place at the bottom during windy days.
With the touch of a button, you can enjoy maximum sunlight, diffused light or full shade, and the way the blades interlock gives full rain protection. Some systems have built-in rain detectors that automatically close the roof with a mere speck of rain. Louvers come in a variety of blade sizes and colors, in powder-coated aluminum or anodized.
Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), which explodes with sweetly perfumed white flowers in spring, is a great climber that won’t take over your garden but can be trained to thoroughly cover an overhead structure.
Don’t expect that popping an umbrella in a table will give sufficient stability in high winds though. Instead, a solid base that attaches to the pole of your umbrella will give you all the stability and shelter you need on a particularly windy day.
Tip: The ideal umbrella size for your table provides about 2 feet overlapping on all sides.