How to truly make your pa­tio an ex­ten­sion of your home

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If you’re like

many home­own­ers, you con­sider the pa­tio an ex­ten­sion of your home. So it’s fair to ask: Would you be just as com­fort­able nes­tled in with your fa­vorite book or pre­par­ing a meal in your out­door space as you would in your liv­ing room or your kitchen? As you con­tem­plate ways to im­prove your out­door area, think about projects that can both ex­tend the hours you spend out­side and make the time you spend there more re­lax­ing.

Just as tech­nol­ogy con­tin­ues to make life in­doors eas­ier, more so­phis­ti­cated awning sys­tems, heat­ing op­tions and light­ing can make your out­door space that much more pleas­ant.

Here are a few ar­eas to con­sider as you plot your next round of im­prove­ments for your out­door liv­ing space:

Tem­per­a­ture con­trol: One of the best ways to make your pa­tio pleas­ant for more of the day—and more of the year—is to add sim­ple tem­per­a­ture con­trol fea­tures. If you live in a place where it gets un­com­fort­ably hot dur­ing the sum­mer, in­stall misters around your fa­vorite sit­ting ar­eas to cool things down. Like­wise, if you of­ten find your­self head­ing inside be­cause it gets too chilly in the spring and fall, a few strate­gi­cally placed over­head heaters can ex­tend your pa­tio sea­son.

• Shade mat­ters: Awnings and um­brel­las also play a huge role in reg­u­lat­ing the tem­per­a­ture and com­fort of your deck or pa­tio. And now, shad­ing op­tions have be­come more so­phis­ti­cated and eas­ier to main­tain than ever be­fore. You’ll never have to worry about dam­aged awnings on a windy day with Somfy’s mo­tor­ized awning sys­tems and wind sen­sors that work to­gether to au­to­mat­i­cally re­tract your awnings when winds be­come too high. - Re­tractable awning sys­tems pow­ered by Somfy can also be ac­ces­sorized with sun sen­sors that sig­nal mo­tor­ized awnings to open as soon as the sun rises, keep­ing your out­door space cool from the start of the day. - If adding a hint of warmth is needed, sim­ply in­stall an awning heater. - All of th­ese ac­ces­sories can be man­aged by the same re­mote that con­trols your mo­tor­ized awning. With a sys­tem like this, you can leave the days of fid­dling with fussy pa­tio um­brel­las be­hind.

An out­door kitchen: No pa­tio is com­plete with­out a grill, but do you find your­self mak­ing fre­quent trips inside for other prep work? Make out­door cook­ing eas­ier by adding a prep is­land that can be placed near your grill. And if you re­ally want to go all out, look for op­tions that fea­ture out­door sinks or small re­frig­er­a­tors hid­den un­der the coun­ter­top. • En­ter­tain­ment con­nec­tiv­ity: Well-placed speak­ers can bring the stereo sound of your in­door sys­tem out. By up­grad­ing your sys­tem so it can be con­trolled from your wire­less de­vice, you can bring the con­ve­niences of your dig­i­tal mu­sic sys­tem out­doors and elim­i­nate the need to get up to turn up the vol­ume or flip to the next song.

Take a look at your light­ing: High-pow­ered out­door lights on sen­sors might be help­ful when you’re bring­ing in the gro­ceries at night, but pa­tio en­ter­tain­ing calls for a lit­tle more sub­tlety when it comes to light­ing. Con­sider zero-en­ergy so­lar-pow­ered fix­tures around the perime­ter of your pa­tio for a gen­tle am­biance to light up your evenings. Somfy’s mo­tor­ized sys­tems can also be con­nected to your light­ing, al­low­ing you to ad­just bright­ness as needed from the com­fort of your pa­tio lounger.

Now is the per­fect time to plan for next year’s pa­tio sea­son, and with the right im­prove­ments, you can make it the most com­fort­able one yet.

For more ideas and prod­ucts that can make your out­door space more hos­pitable, visit Som­fySys­tems. com.

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