The ever-rising summer temperatures can naturally put even the good-humoured individuals into a foul mood if the air conditioners are not working. But in case your air conditioners do end up broken, it might be better for you to move out of the house (where heat can easily be absorbed and reradiated in a non-ending process which can only make your house warmer), and head for your garden or veranda. Your first complaint to this suggestion will naturally be the sun: with temperatures as sweltering as they are, who in their right mind could ever stay outside after all? But there is a very simple answer to that problem: block that sunlight. There are millions of different ways in which you could create shade in your outdoor space, with trees being the most common way to do it. But if you do not have trees in your garden (or could never hope to grow them if size is an issue), you can stick to easier artificial methods such as:
• Curtains – you might be wondering what we are talking about, but it is quite simple – and very inexpensive. Simply run two parallel wires on which you hang a large stretch of fabric – the way you would do with a curtain, but only horizontally – and there you have a very economic shade structure!
• Lattices – if you are instead looking for a more permanent and sophisticated idea, then you could try installing a lattice – which is a laser cut arrangement of a metal overhead of the space you wish to cover. The plus point to these shade structures is the fact that not only you are free to design a pattern yourself, but the partial covering can create some very beautiful sunlight patterns on the ground!
• Tiki umbrellas – if deck umbrellas seemed too common an option for you, then you can easily spice the idea by opting for some Hawaiian themed Tiki umbrella structures. Made of palm fronds, you can even install a snack bar below them to recreate the very feeling of a Hawaiian beach bar!
• Cabanas – moving away from simple overhead structures, we come to somewhat more complex options like the cabanas. Just like tents, you can purchase these structures from a shop and assemble them to create a semi-permanent building made of fabric (basically, a larger version of a camping tent – somewhat similar to a bell tent).
• Floral structures – and who says that all structures have to be artificial or trees if not? By mixing the metal structures used to make awnings and some types of plant creepers which grow in nests, you can recreate a natural awning, where the shade is provided to you by plants! These living shade structures Melbourne are not only pretty to look at, but they are quite easy to maintain and install.