Huzzah! It’s finally summer. With more time spent outdoors, it only makes sense to make your home more comfortable for outdoor living. So we’ve put together a handy list of seven things you can do to make your home more comfortable.
Invest in a comfortable outdoor chair
We all want it to be comfortable, stylish and durable. It shouldn’t fade or crack in the sun or feel like a rock to sit on for an extended period. One option is teak wood furniture because it’s been used outdoors for decades, and it’s durable enough to withstand weather changes. Some brands to look for are Roydé, Olstrup and L&L. Another option is wicker furniture, which is surprisingly durable considering it looks fragile. Finally, one of the most popular brands is Tropitone – its line of fabric is made from UV resistant poly fabric, giving you a long-lasting option.
Plant shrubs for privacy and creates a natural buffer from the sun’s rays
Native plants endure best in their region, both in terms of climate and soil, so choose trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials that are native to your area. That means things like oaks, magnolias, ferns, or hostas for the East Coast; crepe myrtles, live oaks, camellias, or azaleas for the South; tulip poplars, maples, birches, or mountain ashes for the Midwest; and drought-tolerant varieties of grasses and desert-friendly plants like cactus or yucca for the West. Of course, if all you have is a big backyard with no neighbours to impress, plant whatever you like—remember that the reasons for using native plants are environmental as well as aesthetic.
Create a skirting board around the edge of your deck to protect the wood from moisture and save time on maintenance
What’s an easy way to make your home more comfortable? Skirting the perimeter of your home is an interior design tip that’s often forgotten. But, it does more than beautify. By creating a barrier between the ground and the interior of your home, the modern skirting board protects your home from outside elements. In addition, this protective shield helps preserve airflow.
The cool air inside the house won’t escape, and warm air won’t be drawn in. The air coming up through the skirting also works as an additional buffer against cold and wet soil. Having a good footing under your house is crucial during extreme temperatures – especially during winter – so paying attention to this detail is important.
Opening your windows (even if you live on the second floor) lets air circulate throughout your home and keeps your AC from working overtime when it’s hot outside. If you’re worried about security, play it safe by installing window coverings that allow the breeze to blow through but not hands and paws to reach in. Curtains can be a great choice, but I’ve seen some pretty cool window shades that do the trick just as well. Another option is a retractable screen system that keeps bugs out without sacrificing fresh air. You can even store them away during winter to get your windows completely clear.
Light up your yard with a fire pit, string lights or a lighted feature in your garden or patio area
Nothing says “home” quite like sitting on your patio, enjoying some fresh air and some quality time with your family. However, you may want to consider adding some simple decorative features to your patio area to make it cozier, more comfortable and more inviting. Here are some ideas on how to spruce up your outdoor area with lighted features, fire pits and other ways to bring some warmth to your yard.
Add a fountain or a water feature- it adds ambience and soothes the mind
If you live in a dry climate, as we do, you can use a fountain to add some ambience and give your home a soothing ambience. Of course, you can also take advantage of the beauty and sounds of water and create a garden by your front door. The beauty of a fountain is that it adds beauty and ambience to your home – but if you’re looking for something different – something unusual – take a look at our top picks for cool outdoor fountains.
- The perfect site for a pond or water feature gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
- If you build your pond near trees, make sure the trees don’t shade the water during the hottest part of the day.
- If you’re going to have a waterfall, site it so that it faces southeast — which will keep the water moving all day long to keep your pond clear.
- Waterfalls improve air quality by removing pollutants from the air as water flows through rocks.
- Waterfalls sound great, but be aware that they do make noise. They can make as much as 70 dB — which is as loud as a running vacuum cleaner or dishwasher. If this will bother you, try using a waterfall with a built-in sound system or place it somewhere out of earshot, such as behind a wall or around a corner where it can’t be heard from inside your home.
Build a wood-burning fire pit for a cosy addition to your deck or patio area
It’s no secret that the air conditioner is our best friend during the summer months. But there are so many other things you can do to make your home more comfortable, too! One of the easiest ways to do so is by adding a wood-burning fire pit to your deck or patio area. It’s a quick, easy DIY project that will have you enjoying your outdoor space all the time, not just during those beautiful summer evenings.
There is no doubt that the more comfortable your home is, the happier you and your family will be. When your home is comfortable and enjoyable, you and your family will spend more time there and less time running from one fun activity to the next. That being said, creating a home that feels like a second or third living room can be a challenge. The most effective way to ensure your home is comfortable is to choose the right home design for your needs .The above tips can help you in achieving this!