Outdoor Living: The Ultimate Summer Day

The Robinsons are enjoying a cool breezy summer day in their outdoor living space just when their friends, the Millers, and their Labradoodle, are arriving.  Arms full of potato salad, brats, and hamburger buns. 

The joy in the air is palpable. Chris and Charlotte Robinson laugh as they see their 2 Golden Retrievers chase their three kids, ages 9, 13, and 15, around the yard.  

As the men fire up the grill and the women start setting the table, Maverick, the Millers Labradoodle, hops on a chair and uses it as a springboard to jump up on the table.  He grabs a cob of corn and runs away. Not to be outshined, Robinson’s two golden retrievers join the chase like a couple of police dogs trying to corral the 12-month-old puppy. 

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Chris and Charlotte Robinson, take in the chaotic scene with a mixture of pride and concern. but when their dogs, Luna and Swagger, tackle Maverick, they pounce into action, bearing treats and luring them back to the porch. 

The Robinsons’ kids, teenagers Erin and Julie, have a different idea. They are having entirely too much fun to let their dogs sleep the day away so they bring out frisbees, balls, and sticks for the dogs to fetch while the girls set up the sprinklers and a slip-and-slide to cool off.   Next thing you know all the kids and the dogs are having a blast playing in the water.

Meanwhile, the adults are chatting about their plans for their summer vacation, and their favorite streaming series on Netflix over lunch, lemonade, and ice cream. 

As the sun begins to set, they decide to end the day with some s’mores by the fire pit. They roast marshmallows over the flames and sandwich them between graham crackers and chocolate bars. 

As they devour their gooey treats the stars light up the sky. It’s summer days like these, that make it worth all the effort they put into creating their awesome outdoor space. 

Transforming Your Outdoor Space Into A Living Room

If you’re like most homeowners, you dream of having your own outdoor oasis where you can relax, entertain, and enjoy the fresh air. Whether you have a spacious backyard, a cozy balcony, or a sunny patio, you can transform any outdoor space into a living room that suits your style and needs. 

One of the most important elements of any outdoor living space is the furniture. You want to choose pieces that are comfortable, durable, and stylish. 

Depending on the size and shape of your space, you can opt for a sofa, a loveseat, a sectional, or a set of chairs and tables. You can also add some cushions, pillows, area rugs, or blankets to make your furniture more cozy and inviting to create experiences like the one you just read. 

Patio Doors: Ideas and Options for Every Budget and Style

Another way to enhance your outdoor living space is to install patio doors that connect your indoor and outdoor areas. Patio doors are not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing. 

They allow natural light and fresh air to enter your home, creating a bright and airy atmosphere. They also provide a beautiful view of your private paradise, making it feel like an extension of your indoor space. 

Patio doors come in various styles, sizes, and materials, so you can find the one that matches your home’s design and your personal preference. 

Some of the most popular types of patio doors are sliding doors, bi-fold doors, and lift-and-slide doors. You can also customize your patio doors with different colors, finishes, hardware, and glass options. Patio doors can make your outdoor living space more accessible, comfortable, and attractive.

You might want to consider replacing your outdated sliding doors with Provia patio doors, which are energy-efficient, durable, and customizable. 

Case in point, Endure™ vinyl sliding glass patio doors from Provia offer a variety of options for interior wood grain colors, grids, and hardware. The patented water drainage system and the BetterVue® fiberglass mesh screen will improve the view, provide insect protection, and maximize airflow. 

You will be amazed by the transformation that new patio doors can bring to both the interior and exterior of your home. It’s like adding a whole new room to your house, where you can enjoy the fresh air and scenery without compromising on comfort or security. All you have to do now is decide who you are going to invite to the housewarming party. 

A Stunning Sunset Caps Off A Wonderful Summer In Outdoor Living 

After the Millers leave and the kids go to their rooms to unwind, Chris and Charlotte are lounging on a plush sofa under a white pergola, surrounded by fragrant flowers and lush plants. 

A gentle breeze caresses their skin as they sip lattes and listen to the soothing sound of their fountain. A string of lights twinkles above them, creating a magical ambiance after a spectacular summer day with their next-door neighbors and friends, the Millers.  

Creating an outdoor living space is not only fun and rewarding but also beneficial for your health and well-being. It can help you reduce stress, boost your mood, improve your creativity, and connect with nature. With some planning, creativity, and inspiration from our ideas, you can turn any outdoor space into your own personal paradise. 


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