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Just because we’re headed into cold weather season doesn’t mean that you should pack away the patio furniture and stay indoors until Ground Hog Day. With the right planning and preparation, you can enjoy your outdoor living space all year long. Here are 7 tips to keep you living the good life in your own backyard.
1. Cover Your Patio with a Retractable Awning
Sitting outside in rain and drizzle is no fun when you don’t have anything over your head keeping it dry. Hiring a contractor to build onto your house to create a patio roof can be an expensive and lengthy project. Luckily, Rainier Shade offers retractable awnings that allow you to extend the area of your outdoor living space, will keep you dry outside during the rainy season as well as cool and shaded in the summer. Just to make sure to retract the awning during inclement weather or when not in use. To find out what type of awning would be best for your home, contact a dealer near you and schedule an in-home consultation.
2. Stay Warm with a Power Screen
When the wintertime comes around, there’s no better way to enjoy your patio than a warm area and a hot cup of cocoa. Rainier power screens can help keep the cold out and the warmth in, especially with a heat source. It can also offer a level of privacy so that you can stay out while no one looks in. Learn more about Rainier Power Screens here: https://www.rainier.com/shade/power-screens/
3. Get an Outdoor Heater
Depending on where you are in the country, this winter’s going to get a little chilly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sit outside and do some star gazing or sipping on hot cocoa. Investing in an outdoor heater will not only keep you and your guests cozy, it will also add an extra layer of ambiance outside. You can find tall propane heaters, table style fireplaces or octagon stoves like this one from Rainier Outdoor: https://rainieroutdoor.com/kwik-kamp-octagon-stove.html
4. Warm Up in a Hot Tub
One of the best things about having a hot tub is that it can be used year-round. There is nothing more relaxing than soaking in a hot tub on a cold night, or better yet, a snowy night! Doubling as your own private spa, it can also help relax and soothe achy muscles.
5. Add Some Mood Lighting
No outdoor living area is complete without lighting. Gather some hanging patio string lights or candles and watch the ambiance of your seating area change in an instant. Once you know what kind of lighting you want, make sure you know how to light them up. LED lights will last a long time, and traditional lighting might need some extra electrical wiring outside.
6. Weatherproof Furniture
If you really want to enjoy your outdoor space year-round, you’ll need weatherproof outdoor furniture so that you’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor living area for years to come. Look for furniture created from certain types of wood like teak, eucalyptus, and cedar, plastics like synthetic resin wicker, and metals like aluminum steel or wrought iron.
No outdoor living space is complete without some entertainment. Having an outdoor TV is a great option to have an outdoor movie night or enjoy the outdoors while still watching your favorite ballgame. Create some friendly competition by including a game of darts, cornhole or ping pong.
With a little planning, the right lighting, an outdoor heater and an awning over your heat, you can enjoy your outdoor patio all year long.
Rainier Shade retractable awning featured in Tiny House Nation on A&E, Episode 6 of season 5 – Two Turntables and a Tiny House
Zack and John are in cowboy country as they set out to help a family of four who are preparing to move out of their large house near Dallas and into a tiny house. First-time homeowners Tony and Lori have two young sons who are growing fast, so John and Zack set out to maximize every square inch of space. But when they learn that the kids are homeschooled and that Tony has a sentimental record collection he just can’t part with, they’ll have to find new ways make this tiny house fit for this fun-loving family.
Watch the episode here
Rainier Shade has been featured in the 2018 Northwest Idea House presented by South Sound Magazine and 425 Magazine in the November editions of both publications.
They teamed up with Zetterberg Custom Homes for its annual Northwest Idea House. The beautiful home features the newest and best ideas in building and innovation, including our power screens and retractable awnings.
Our power screens allow for indoor-outdoor living. We enclosed the outdoor kitchen space for entertaining year round.
Our retractable awning provides shade over the patio, creating an outdoor oasis that can be enjoyed even on hot summer days.
For more about the project, please visit https://southsoundmag.com/modern-meets-farmhouse
Rainier Shade was featured at the first ever Dallas Showhouse hosted by Traditional Home magazine! This was created by Texas real estate developer Paul Moss’ Marina Bay Development Corp., and his wife, well known designer and TV host Donna Moss.
The home featured high end home products, including Rainier Screens.
Even better, the event benefited a great cause and the proceeds from selling the house will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. The association is committed to eliminating the disease, including care and support for those with Alzheimer’s, and reducing the risk of dementia by promoting brain health.
We are proud and humbled to have been part of this event that benefits such a great cause, and one that affects so many people. Creators Paul and Donna Moss both had parents affected by the disease. Rainier owner Scott Campbell’s father who previously owned Rainier, Robert Campbell, also had Alzheimer’s.
Rainier donated the screens that were featured, and our dealer Southwest Shade Solutions in Dallas donated the installation by their expert crew.