If you didn’t grow up in Southern California, you may share the memory of sitting in your living room on New Year’s Day with snow piled on the ground, watching California’s Rose Parade on TV. If you aren’t from here, you were in awe and a little perplexed by the fact that everyone was wearing shortsleeves and sunglasses. No hats and coats? What was this magical place where people could enjoy the outdoors all year round?
Well, welcome to Southern California! No snow days here! As homeowners, we all know that what we lack in square footage, we gain in sun, culture and diversity, access to beaches and mountains, and temperatures mild enough to enjoy our outdoor living spaces 12 months out of the year.
Being able to use our outdoor spaces year round is a huge gift— but it also means that we need to get creative in what it looks like to maximize and maintain that yard, deck, or patio so that they remain functional, comfortable, and stand the test of time.
Here are 3 tips to improve your outdoor space so that it meets your needs no matter the month!
1. Make sure it’s YOU!
Like to cook? Enjoy gardening? Love gathering your people around a fire? Make sure your outdoor space represents and reflects who you are and what you value. This might mean investing in the accessories and materials needed to fit your standards. Go ahead, splurge on that fabulous firepit or the planter box that will grow next summer’s veggies. Taking time to be thoughtful in what you envision and desire will help you use and enjoy the space that much more.
2. Keep it COMFY!
If outdoor seating and gathering is high up on your list, make sure that the pieces are enjoyable for you and your guests. Good news! Your outside seating can be comfortable AND durable! Choose materials that won’t chip, rust, or splinter and consider fade resistant fabrics that will stand up to our Southern California sunshine. Here at American Awning, we offer hundreds of fabric colors and styles that are sure to stand the test of time. We’ll even provide you with the maintenance assistance to keep things looking fresh in every season.
3. Let’s Make it Last!
Functionality and durability are among some of our most important considerations when designing an outside space. One of the major factors that we take very seriously at American Awning is sun protection. Adding an awning in your space will not only act as a sun shield during our brightest seasons, but it will also protect your furniture, siding, and flooring, add color and style to your design, bring down your energy bill, and even add a layer of protection for those rare rainy days. We have many styles and designs to choose from that are guaranteed to fit any space.
We know we are fortunate to be able to spend time outside during the fall and winter months in Southern California, and we want to help you maximize that enjoyment in your own outdoor space. Our expert craftsmen would love to help you brainstorm potential awning options that will meet your standards for function and style. All of our consultations are free! Visit us online or give us a call at 800-654-5933!