Add to Your Home With a Lanai

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: RemodelRenovating
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.

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.

If you’re like many homeowners, you consider the lanai or patio an extension of your home. 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 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:

Shade matters

Awnings and umbrellas play a huge role in regulating the temperature and comfort of your deck or lanai. Somfy’s motorized awning systems and wind sensors 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. 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 live in a colder region, such as a mountain range, and find yourself heading inside because it gets too chilly, a few strategically placed overhead heaters can extend your patio season.

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 that much more hospitable, visit www.somfysystems.com.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.