After being stuck inside all winter, summer is not only a time for swimming, hot dogs, baseball games, and warmer weather, but it is also time to spend outdoors with family and friends. Summer calendars are often inundated with barbeques and pool parties,
leaving people mostly outside to socialize.
Although the weather may be great and spirits may be high, it can be daunting to bring the comfort of the inside to the out-of-doors. Still, we all want our parties to be fun and
relaxing, but not everyone knows how to go about achieving this elusive goal.
You may be wondering what technology can be used to bring your outdoor gatherings to the next level. So what exactly can you do? Here are three ways to create the perfect environment that will dazzle your guests and keep them from wanting to leave.
Eat Your Heart Out…side
One of the biggest benefits of eating inside is the comfort and ease that comes with being in close proximity to everything you need in order to cook and serve a meal. The easiest way to make your backyard just as appealing is to develop an outdoor space that rivals the comfort and luxury of the inside of your home.
Premier builders, such as Belman Homes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are now working
alongside technology resource providers are differentiating themselves by designing custom homes with lavish outdoor spaces, including patios and decks, which are full of high-technology features, allowing your home to fall in line with your constantly connected lifestyle.
From high-tech grills to full outdoor kitchens and flat screen TV’s and surround sound speakers, you no longer have to worry about having what you need right at your fingertips. Having friends and family over for a barbeque or pool party becomes so much easier when you have a grilling station with built-in countertops, along a wet bar for all of your guests’ cocktail needs.
Whether customizing your current residence or building your dream home, adding a
a comfortable outdoor area can give your house the level of personalization that you
desire, while also allowing guests a comfortable and attractive area in which to gather.
Other great additions include things such as Wi-fi and whole home automation solutions, and so forth. While using your imagination, the sky’s the limit!
Light the Way
There’s a reason why people pay a lot of money for special lighting in restaurants, at
weddings, and during other social events. Whether indoors or outdoors, appropriate lighting can make all the difference in the world. Choosing which lighting will make the
most sense when considering the vibe of a gathering can make the difference between
an ambiance of quiet romance and one of raucous partying.
Your lighting helps to set the mood for your party. No longer do you only have the
option of buying standard light bulbs, but you can choose among red, blue, and other
colored bulbs, or even bulbs that can be programmed in synch with music or videos,
making for the perfect complement to summer fireworks. Other options include remote
lighting systems, which can allow you to manage the lighting both inside and outside
your home at the push of a button. Some automation systems, such as Nexia, even can
enable you to build a “smart home,” connecting your many devices together and
allowing users to control all of them at once.
Combat the Heat
What’s another major issue that must be faced during the summer? The temperature?
Summer time can be hot, let alone, at times, actually dangerous. When you’re looking
to enjoy the great outdoors during the summer months, nothing can ruin a mood (or an
outfit) quite like excessive sweating and overheating without a reprieve.
An easy fix to the high temps is screened in porches, covered areas with ceiling fans underneath, pergolas or gazebos to shade your guests. A screened in porch area protects you from the blazing sun as well as provides a barrier to insects. A ceiling fan can drastically change the feeling of your patio allowing for steady air flow. Pergolas and gazebos add a beautiful space with much-needed shading. At the end of the day, nothing rivals a quality Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. HVAC systems, which would allow for you and your guests, and your pets, to cool off at the end of a long, hot day, are now being made more energy efficient and effective, and you should be sure to choose an energy efficient, high-quality system.
While the summer is the perfect time to socialize and party with friends and family, all it requires to take your party from good to great can be as simple as outdoor spacing and technology, lighting, and a method for cooling off at the end of a long, hot summer day.
With only these three things in mind, you can easily create the perfect way to party.