I"ll bet you can see where this is going. First the walls, then the floor. What comes next? Any guesses?
Roofs, of course. Now remember we"re not talking traditional roofs like you have over your home. Time to start thinking of a roof structure for your outdoor space. Especially with all the heat this summer. Roofs = Shade. Which can make it about 20 degrees cooler, so like only 1,000 degrees instead of 1,020. But really, it is amazing the difference shade can make.
Like with everything else, we have a few options. Trees are a great source of shade and can be a more subtle and natural form of a roof. But it takes time for trees to grow and they might block a nice view.
Pergolas are a nice, classic option. Here is a pergola with an added roof on top to keep it especially shady below.
Or a more classic option:
Another nice idea for a pergola:
That way you can keep it shady when it"s hotter and open it up when it cools off.
Of course umbrellas are always nice:
And not quite so permanent.
Another favorite lately is sail shades. These are a modern approach, sort of like umbrellas. So easy to replace and will give nice shade. This could easily be a DIY. Get some outdoor fabric that weathers well and go to town.