Dallas, Texas is an area with harsh summers and sometimes very cold winters, there is always a time of year when you just want to be outside. Having a space where you can feel comfortable entertaining during these seasons may motivate you to invite people over to socialize more often than you do now. Socializing can help strengthen friendships and make you feel more connected. If you spend time building that outdoor space, you’ll be ready for that perfect weather when it comes.
1. Choose Your Space
You may prefer having a lounging space on the patio or in the middle of the yard around a fire pit. A louvered patio cover stops the rain from interfering with your backyard space and also provides functionality for controlling levels of sun. And with the patio, you have the ability to enclose it with motorized retractable screens to keep out the cold or heat and extend your entertaining periods even further so they’re not so dependent on the weather. If the area where you live is plagued with mosquitoes or other pests, you won’t have to worry about them bothering your guests.
2. Thinking About Seating
A fire pit is best enjoyed encircled with comfortable chairs, so you know what kind of seating you need. For a patio, you could use a couch with chairs or a dining table, depending on what type of entertaining you’re planning to do. If you have the space, you could create both a dining area under the patio and a lounge area around a fire pit.
Another advantage motorized retractable screens give you is that your patio furniture can be protected from fading from bright sunlight and from dust and debris during storms. Knowing it will be protected can help you budget for quality furniture you know will last.
3. Lighting for Ambiance
While a fire can give plenty of light, adding string lights can create even more ambiance. You can also add some tiki lights or solar-powered pavement lights to light pathways and keep your guests from tripping over things beyond the firelight. Lighting can give anywhere from a “party” to a “chill” appearance, depending on how you use it.
For early evening entertaining on the patio, motorized retractable screens can block the setting sun so friends aren’t blinded by the piercing rays. You can also use indoor decor, such as lamps on the patio when you know you can protect them with enclosed screens.
For overnight or early sunrise entertaining, you can put the motorized retractable screens back up so you can enjoy the view.
4. Speakers and Outdoor TVs
You can keep a TV on the patio so you can watch the game, or wire speakers to play music while lounging around the fire pit. A patio cover will protect your electronic equipment even when you’re not using it so you won’t have to carry it in and out of the house. Watch the game on the TV while sitting around on your patio furniture, or power speakers for music you can enjoy around the fire pit. You can bring your entertainment to another level while still having an outdoor experience.
5. Other Entertainment Options
Now that you’ve created an awesome place to entertain, you can think of some of other fun activities to do outside:
- A pool: Even if you’re renting , you can still install an above-ground pool to entertain friends and family.
- A dart board: Darts are fun to play and get even shy people involved in socializing.
- Board games: With retractable screens, you can play board games outside in almost any weather.
With the right space, the options are endless.
Get Started On Your Entertainment Space Today
If you think our motorized retractable screens, louvered or retractable roof system, or a screen enclosure can help you create an ideal backyard space for entertaining, our qualified representatives would be more than happy to answer your questions. Our screens and patio covers protect from pests, bright sun, and cold weather all while giving you privacy and allowing ventilation.
Our outdoor shade products can be operated with just a touch of a phone or button, and our retractable screens are manufactured right here in Plano, Texas. You can protect your patio furniture, decor, and electronics as well as your guests from the elements. To find out more, contact us today for a free, no-obligation estimate.