This outdoor living room is defined by a modern steel roof structure that shades the outdoor kitchen and bar seating. The pavilion doubles as a modern sculptural landscape element to provide a focal point for the backyard.
Inspired by a visit to a Native American pueblo, Jamie Durie designed this circular adobe outdoor room. A traditional drying rack serves as an artistic shade structure over the new outdoor dining area.
An Ipe wood shade structure was attached to custom rolled steel columns and joists in this industrial-style backyard to create a unique arbor. Creative furniture and a fire pit add personality to the pool area.
The homeowners wanted a place to spend time together and entertain that could be used for all seasons in Colorado. The fireplace and infrared heaters provide warmth on cool nights, and the shade structure and ceiling fans provide comfort on warm evenings.
Nothing says "party-ready" quite like this outdoor retreat complete with a swimming pool, full kitchen, fire table, dining table, lounging area, aluminum shade structure and flat-screen TV. Day or night, this space is the ideal setting for friends and family to gather.
This contemporary covered patio makes for more effective nighttime cooling, allowing the area to stay cooler on average than non-shaded areas. The best areas for permanent shade structures are where you want to create an outdoor room — like a patio or deck — or any space that you want to use for outdoor living.
A glass-and-steel water trough that courses along the structure’s exterior heightens the connection to the surrounding natural elements. Tall grasses hugging the edge of the architecture are reflected in the clear water beautifully blending the space. The roof overhangs provides shade creating a comfortable, relaxing patio.
With its proximity to the playground, this modern pavilion is a great space for families to come and enjoy their days. With a clear line of sight from the sitting areas to the playground, this structure gives the parents a place to stay cool in the shade while their kiddos enjoy the swings.
Sometimes the best spot for your outdoor retreat is a sun-splashed area. If you’ll be enjoying your retreat during the day, even if it’s only on weekends, it’s worth investing in some kind of shade. A simple patio umbrella can cast enough shade for a table and chairs, or consider adding an awning to your home to shade a greater area. Other options for creating a cooling pool of shade include a permanent structure, like a pergola (add vines for color) or gazebo. For a portable shade option, check out pop-up canopy designs. You can also use a temporary canopy to help you determine where you might want to add a more permanent structure in future.
The studio/pool house is actually a freestanding structure, but it feels connected to the main house because of a wood-clad accent wall. Pergolas cantilever out over the deck providing shade and visual interest.