There is no doubt that Perth Summers are heating up more every year, with temperatures often hitting 40 degrees. House designs in Perth need to allow for shaded outdoor areas, and there are a few shade options available. How much shaded area you want in your yard really comes down to personal choice, but not factoring in any shady spaces is a big mistake.
There should always be some shade where people or pets will be spending time, and if you like to entertain outdoors then it is even more important. When deciding where to have shade think about where you will be spending the most amount of time, seating areas is a good place to start.
Obviously if you have any play spaces for your children, then shade over those areas is a must. Another thing to consider is using shade structures to stop direct sun from hitting the sides of your house, this is a great way to keep the inside of your home cooler.
If you are wanting to add a permanent pergola to your new home, then it is a good idea to factor this into your house design. Indoor/outdoor living is massively popular, especially for homes in Australia, and a strategically placed pergola can allow you to get the most out of your outdoor area all year round. Your builder can help you decide on the perfect placement for the structure, it helps to look at where the sun’s rays hit over the course of the day. If you want a level of flexibility, so you can take advantage of the sun on milder days, a retractable awning is worth considering.
Shade sails are a more cost effective way to shade areas of your outdoor space, especially if you want to cover a particularly large spot. If you need play equipment or part of a pool covered, a sail is perfect. Shade sails come in triangular and square shapes, the triangular shape has one less fixing point, which can be handy if you are struggling to find anchor points.
Outdoor blinds, also known as Cafe or Bistro blinds, are a great addition to any pergola or alfresco area. Overhead cover can only do so much, so when it comes to preventing sun coming in on an angle, outdoor blinds are the solution. Blinds can also protect any indoor furniture, and assist in keeping your house cooler inside.
Umbrellas are the most affordable and easiest to install out of all the shade options. They also offer the most flexibility, you can literally put them down or up when needed, and can even move them to another spot altogether. If you are wanting a cheap shade option until you have more permanent shade structures, a couple of umbrellas is ideal.
The abundance of sun is one of the best things about living in Australia, but you also need to make sure you protect your family and home from it’s damaging rays. With a range of options, suited to different budgets, you should have definitely make shade a priority when planning your outdoor areas.
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