Do provide shade. Intense afternoon sunshine can drive you indoors if it bakes your patio. Adding a pergola or canopy above a seating or dining area of your outdoor living space can help you create a cool respite.,Outdoor Patio by Trip Haenisch
Use Your House Look at the lines of your home -- it might give you the perfect spot to place a deck (and make mowing or other yard-maintenance chores easier to boot). This deck-and-pergola combination, for example, is a perfect solution for an odd space.