“It’s a cruel, cruel summer…”
It’s no secret that this summer is very different from other years. Travel plans are being changed and maybe even halted. However, it doesn’t have to be a totally cruel summer. Turn your summer vacation into a staycation. Sound a little boring? It won’t be with the help of SugarHouse’s products. We’ll turn your backyard into your vacation destination. So let’s take a trip to your backyard to explore the possibilities.
Get Your Food On
One of the first things a lot of people look forward to on a vacation is different types of food and eating as much of it as possible. So, the first stop on your staycation will be for your inner foodie. With an outdoor kitchen, you’ll be able to create all sorts of food from around the world in your own backyard. To give you an idea and some recipes to transport you to another country, check out this article by Good Food. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find:
- Singapore-style barbecued chicken wings
- Turkish kebabs
- Boerewors with chakalaka and polenta
While cooking these recipes, we want to make sure your skin isn’t cooking. That’s why we recommend a beautiful retractable awning to cover your kitchen. These awnings can also offer protection from rain in case your imaginary tropical vacation turns into a tropical storm.
Our retractable awnings have so many features including wind and sun sensors, handheld remote controls, and home automation integration. The fabrics we use are exceptionally durable and highly customizable.
Wellness and Relaxation
Now that you’ve eaten to your heart’s content, it’s time to rest with a little wellness and relaxation. With everything that’s going on with COVID-19, your life might feel out of control and stressful. Transform your patio into your own outdoor retreat. Somewhere you can do a little yoga, meditation, and soak your stress away in a nice hot tub. To give you a little privacy while you take this journey, install a rope-operated drop shade.
Our Verticool rope-operated drop shades provide superior protection and shade for your enclosed deck or patio. These shades simply drop when the rope is released and raise by pulling on the rope. Cleats attached at the side and bottom of the screen secure the screen when it is extended or retracted.
Here are a few extras to complete your serene space:
- Enjoy a warm summer night in an even warmer hot tub. When you’re not using the hot tub, you can cover it with one of our custom covers.
- Open space next to the hot tub where you can roll out your yoga mat for a peaceful workout.
- Add some woodsy scented candles to bring in a relaxing vibe and complement sweet floral smells.
Let’s Get Physical
If you enjoy getting out and being active on vacation, you’ll enjoy the third stop on your staycation. This idea will bring the little kid out in you and hopefully get your heart pumping. Before we get to the activities part, let’s look at the SugarHouse product we are recommending to make this stop more delightful.
July and August can be the hottest months of the summer. We suggest adding our Rayblock Shade Sail over your outdoor activity area. One of the benefits of shade sails is that they are free-standing and can be temporary. So if you have a playground that you want to move, move the shade sail with it.
Some activities that you can do under your shade sail are:
- Swimming, if you have a pool.
- Swinging on the monkey bars of your playground.
- Cornhole and other lawn games.
- Play baseball, volleyball, soccer, etc.
Isn’t it Romantic?
Your fourth and final destination will possibly get your heart pumping too. That is if you’re with the right person. It may not be the same as walking on a Hawaiian beach but you can transform your backyard into a romantic place.
To start, have one of our Shade Glide Slide Wire Cable Canopies installed. It can be over an existing structure or we can create an aluminum structure for you. These canopies are retractable so you can fully extend the canopy when the sun is out, then retract when you want to gaze at the stars. These canopies can also look very romantic especially if you pair them with twinkle lights and soft curtains on each corner of the structure.
Don’t forget to include a nice seating area underneath your canopy to enjoy your night. Maybe a comfy sofa or a porch swing hanging from the top of the structure. Or you might prefer to have something that can be easily moved so you can dance the night away to your favorite romantic songs. Adding a sound system with a romantic playlist will also hit the right note.
We want to help make your summer memorable for all the right reasons. Give us a call at 801-563-9600 for a consultation. We’ll discuss how to make your backyard your staycation oasis.
SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops, and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.