Summer is the perfect time to welcome the outdoors into your home. Well, not literally of course, bugs and insects are welcome to stay outdoors! If you are in the planning stages of your home then consider adding an outdoor room to your home that can be used for outdoor dining and relaxation whilst still maintaining privacy for your family.
A courtyard is an enclosed outdoor room. This is the perfect solution on a busy street where houses are built very close together. In the traditional Arab homes, the entire home was built around the courtyard. Not only was this a perfect way to bring the outdoors into the home, it also makes ecological sense as the courtyard acts as a natural ventilation system, cooling down the home and helping to control the temperature. A home that has been designed with a courtyard in the middle lends itself to glass walls and lots of sunlight as there is no need to worry about privacy issues.
Many of the traditional homes in the USA come complete with a wooden outdoor porch. The porch is the perfect way to create a transition between your home and the world outside. A fully or, more commonly partially enclosed porch is also the perfect setting for an outdoor swing and comfortable chairs that offer shade from the sun whilst allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors.
For those of you who live in the city, the porch is even more important as it allows you to experience the outdoors in an otherwise urban setting. A rooftop porch in the middle of the city can be turned into a wonderful garden. Besides providing a wonderful place to sit, the rooftop porch can also provide food as well as temperature control and a positive environmental impact.
A Screened in Porch
On a hot summer day, a screened in porch is the perfect place to enjoy your outdoor space and cool off. A screened in porch overlooking a lake or the sea is the perfect place to relax whilst watching the sunset every evening.
If you are handy, or up for a DIY challenge you can screen off your porch by yourself, you should also consider installing or having removable screens installed. Another option is to install a rollaway screen that can be rolled into the sides of the house and allows you the option of choosing to enjoy an open porch or a screened in porch depending on the weather, your company or simply your mood.