The recession has led many homeowners to take “staycations” – cost-preserving vacation getaways right in their own beautiful backyards. There’s no reason why the same prudent enthusiasm for outdoor living can’t also be applied to individual holidays. Why spend stacks of money this Valentine’s Day when you could enjoy a private, convenient, romantic date right at home on your cedar decking – for far less? Even a drizzly Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors, for those who have patio covers.
Salem and Portland homeowners who want to deftly woo their darlings this Valentine’s Day can follow the tips we’ve gathered below for creating a romantic ambiance under their patio covers.
Portland Tips for Enjoying a Valentine’s Date under Your Patio Cover
1. Create a Comfortable Atmosphere
Unless your covered patio happens to be in a warm microclimate in your yard, it will be a mite chilly during your date. Warm things up with an outdoor heater, chiminea or fire pit. We outline a few options for heating your cedar decking in this blog post.
Once you’ve created a physically comfortable setting, create visual warmth with candles, string lights and fresh flowers. Set an elegant table, with a pristine tablecloth, shining silverware and a gorgeous bouquet of roses.
2. Assemble a Delectable Meal
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but let’s face it – both genders appreciate delicious dining during romantic engagements. Why not grill outdoors on your cedar decking? Your date will feel truly special with a “surf and turf” plate of lobster and steak, cooked and enjoyed al fresco. If your BBQ area is currently exposed, call us to learn about custom patio covers. Portland homeowners will love being able to cook outdoors year-round with a protected outdoor kitchen area.
3. Put Together a Meaningful Playlist
Shakespeare called music “the food of love,” and you don’t hear us disagreeing. A romantic encounter isn’t complete without a rich soundtrack. To impress your honey, create a playlist of songs that have special meaning for the two of you. Or, if you’re the creative type, pull out a guitar and serenade your love – just watch the sparks fly! We can even incorporate full sound systems into patio covers. Salem and Portland residents will use their outdoor living areas far more often if it’s easy to crank the tunes.
With this kind of thoughtful preparation, your Valentine’s Day date will be a delight! One final word on year-round use of your covered area: If your patio cover is leaky and the area underneath feels too dark to use in winter, we suggest checking out our new solution, Skylift Patio Hardware. This system lifts patio covers to increase slope and eliminate drainage problems. And to increase light, top off your patio with a translucent cover.