Even before the need to stay home thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a greater desire for homes that were designed to effortlessly host family and friends. Putting together a space that is comfortable and relaxing will charm even the crankiest of guests.
From backyard BBQs to poolside parties, summer entertaining shines a spotlight on windows and doors that enhance indoor/outdoor living. Here are a few of the ways your outdoor space can compliment your summer fun.
Creating a home that is ideal for summer entertaining need not be an extreme makeover. All it takes is a little planning combined with the joie de vivre that summer brings with it.
You know your preferences best so start by considering what aspects of summer entertaining matter most to you, whether it is dining al fresco, having a play area for the kids, or just a place to relax with friends. Let this guide you as you make your decisions.
Now that you know what activities you want to take outdoors, you can choose the furniture – from a refreshment hub to a full outdoor living room complete with a TV.
The most important element of making your guests feel comfortable is to provide various and sufficient seating options. From there you can add furniture such as dining and accent tables, umbrellas, and fire pits to bring some personality to your space.
As the temperature rises so does the desire to be free of crowded spaces. Make sure you arrange your outdoor furniture by section so that it provides distinctive areas and does not overwhelm your space.
Pack away all unnecessary clutter that may be lying around from kids toys to gardening tools. It's always best to aim for a natural and easy flow from inside to outside and vice versa.
The perfect way to blur the line between indoors and outdoors is with the right doors:
A vinyl sliding patio door glides easily to create one big entertainment area. There are various finishes you can choose to compliment your unique style and match your aesthetic perfectly.
Thermatru’s hinged or French doors connect your outdoor living spaces to the rest of your home seamlessly. Not only do you invite more natural light and air into your home, but you also add architectural interest to your outdoor space. For large patios, combine three doors for an even grander entrance and to really bring the outdoors in.
A swing patio door embodies classic French door style, but with one operating door and screen. You can choose from the durability of steel or the beauty of wood grain texture with fiberglass.
If you want to stay inside, but still enjoy a cooling breeze, a retractable screen door is a perfect solution. While patio storm doors reduce heat loss in the winter and heat build-up in the summer.
It does not stop at your doors. Well-appointed windows also contribute to your summer entertaining success too.
You can extend your outdoor living space with porch windows with retractable screens. This is a great way to lengthen summer by enjoying a comfortable space, free from bugs and such.
Just as your windows help in keeping you cozy and warm in the winter, the right choice can also keep you comfortably cool in summer.
Expressed as a number between 0 and 1, the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) is the rating that indicates solar heat transfer admitted through a window.
The lower a window’s solar heat gain coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits meaning it has greater energy efficiency. Both the glazing and the frame material contribute to this number.
When it comes to outdoor entertaining we often think of the food and drinks and overall environment, but not many realize how your windows and doors can contribute to your outdoor living space.
To make the most of summer consider upgrading your current window system or adding beautiful glass doors for seamless indoor/outdoor living. Contact the professional team at SK Windows, who has been in the business for 45 years, for a free estimate. Start creating the perfect outdoor space today.