Having a patio gives you and your family tremendous scope for outdoor activities. However, the weather here in Michigan is not always ideal, and your patio might go months at a time without being used at all. Of course, this doesn’t have to be the case if you install motorized screens, keeping you protected from the elements when needed.
But once you have your motorized screens, you might just realize that you don’t know what to do with all that patio time you and your family now have. So here are a few ideas for you to try out.
One: Outdoor Movie Nights
With large-screen TVs now an affordable luxury for most, why not install one outside and enjoy a family movie night? If you don’t want to leave a TV out, you can always buy a projector and get the whole experience. Then, grab a few snacks, make popcorn in the kitchen, and relax with a refreshing beverage. Whether it’s a family flick with the kids or a rom-com with your significant other, movie nights have something to offer for everyone.
Two: Patio Dining
It’s lovely to relax and eat on the patio, whether a simple snack at lunchtime or a big event with family or friends. But, when those cold Michigan winters hit, and there’s a foot of snow on the ground, that’s not so much fun! With motorized screens, you can keep the outdoor dining experience year-round. So there’s more time to try new recipes, invite more friends around and get the most out of the space.
Three: Family Game Night
Playing board games with the family is usually something you do in the comfort of your living room. However, with motorized screens on your patio, you don’t have to worry about the wind blowing your monopoly money away. And, if the weather is good, open the screens and enjoy the outdoor air as you fight to achieve victory over the rest of your family. Another advantage is that you may have more open space on the patio than in your living room, so you can try new games that take up more room, such as Twister or tin can bowling.
Four: Take Up Pottery
The patio is ideal for situating your potter’s wheel, and fresh air is excellent for polymer clays that dry in the sunlight and don’t need an oven. Moving it out to the patio is an excellent idea if you’ve never tried this hobby before because you don’t have the space. You’re bound to improve quickly at this art if you can keep it up all year round and seeing your own handmade work around the home is very rewarding.
If you’re of an artistic temperament, you probably love the idea of painting the landscapes outside your home. While that’s lovely on a warm summer day, cold and rain aren’t conducive to making the best art. But with motorized screens around your patio, you can still clearly see the scenes you want to capture. So get out there and capture that beautiful view of your snowy garden or the autumn rain rippling across your pond and make a piece of art to grace the walls of your home.
These are just five ideas for enjoying your patio year-round with motorized screens, but we’re sure you could come up with more. Whether it’s playing your favorite musical instruments, spending time with the family pet, or just relaxing and enjoying the garden view, the possibilities are almost endless.