The wait is finally over and summer is here! On Oahu we love spending the summer season outdoors, soaking in the sun and enjoying the company of family and friends. In order to keep everyone comfy and relaxed during a good ‘ole fashioned summer gathering, you may need to expand beyond the living room, inviting your guests instead to the backyard, patio or lanai. This month we’re offering our favorite tips on how to enhance your space with unique outdoor entertaining features.
Channel what’s indoors when designing the outdoorsSome homes have a much larger space to work with, and can accommodate additional areas like a lanai. When working with larger homes, we’re always looking for ways to create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. Take a cue from our Island Tranquility project, which features not only an outdoor lounge area, but also an outdoor kitchen, fitted with a BBQ grill, sink, and dining furniture. In order to create a coherent design vibe between spaces, we designed a bypass from the kitchen to the lanai, which features channel-grooved soapstone for easy access to the outdoor counter and barbeque area.
Sometimes an outdoor kitchen makes all the difference
Don’t underestimate the power of natural coolingOne of the best ways to keep your outdoor spaces cool and protected from the elements is to ensure your roof is well-ventilated. An effective solution, especially when rebuilding, is to incorporate large eaves and awnings to keep both your indoor and outdoor spaces cool. When tackling Sustainable Style at Waahila Ridge, a rebuilding project that resulted in a single-family custom home boasting one of the only LEED for Homes PLATINUM certifications in Hawaii, we created cross-ventilation by adding large eaves details and covered lanais to provide ample natural cooling to the home.
Don’t be afraid to splurge
Make the most of your hosting skills this summer by fitting your home with an outdoor space your guests won’t soon forget. We hope these design tips will inspire you to upgrade your lanai with memorable design features that work for your space and budget.