My Presumptions Were That Patio Umbrellas Could Be Meant For Hotels And Restaurants Only
Article by Kenny F Leichester
For longer period my terrace remained empty. The other day I planned to make it usable and arranged flowering shrubs. When they were planted in bright colored pots set artistically as per their size and color this place turned charismatic. Sooner I also realized that many birds started hopping in. I arranged food for them to make them feel at home. I also arranged birdbath and stood there for hours just to see birds flying, pecking at nuts and grass seeds which I had kept there.
A time came when I felt tired by standing at terrace for long. I went to market and bought some lovely outdoor furniture sets. It helped me sit there for longer time without getting tired. But I could sit there only if weather was favorable. It was in those typical moments that I realized of fitting patio umbrella at this place. My assessment was that patio umbrellas are used by hoteliers, restaurants owners or club managers only who attract costumers and flourish business. I didn’t think earlier that they could also be used in terraces which I thought now.
I was surfing web one idle hot afternoon for gathering information about gardening terraces. I got abundant information and felt how it would look to sit under big umbrella in patio with the family. It looked amazing sitting in front of home. Photos displayed were attractive that I assumed was of mine. I could arrange one umbrella for making it possible to go and sit on terrace like displayed in the photograph. Idea of family reunion was amazing for which I explored.
Various types of designs were displayed which attracted me the most. I was a bit confused to find the varieties of patio umbrellas, outdoor umbrellas and market umbrellas. I was in catch22situation though. Abundant types were available. I selected the smaller 9′ off the wall umbrella keeping in mind my terrace which was not bigger enough. Furthermore I also wanted to leave some space for my children to run and play. Such umbrellas are designed as half canopy aluminum patio umbrella which can stand besides a wall minus any attachment. Awning over the door could be an option for me but it would not be feasible for me. Awning can’t be shifted easily like this one.
My attention went on offset umbrellas but I changed mind after assessing the requirement of my terrace. They couldn’t fit there. But they are definitely splendid. Making of few of them were unique like their lighting arrangement and chords directed into them in typical manner by hidden in frames. The on/off switch had been adjusted into back side of frame. They come with low voltage transformer that keeps them safe for kids. I dream of having them when I have a house with larger terrace.
Now I am eyeing the electric patio heaters… I just cannot use the terrace without the heater for greater part of the year; it remains too cold to use. Here too I am at my wit’s end… there are such a lot to chose from… may be I will settle for a chiminea! I am more or less bowled over by their wonderful ethnic designs. Only problem is the storing of the wood… Chiminea runs on wood. Most people use pinion wood for its aroma and bug repellent qualities. I am told I can order the wood online, but I need to store that somewhere.
Although my spouse likes using propane patio heater I advise him for alternative by cautioning him of his lack of aesthetic sense. I do agree that I am wrong. It is my experience after witnessing several beautiful patio heaters functioning through natural gas. Still I am enchanted with chiminea. This is the reason of my obsession with it and surpassing others. I will change mind now and look for other options. It is not possible for me to have chiminea because it needs firewood rack which doesn’t cost anything but having adequate space is the big issue.
Choice of electric patio heater is also feasible. There are some advantages and disadvantages of propane patio heaters upon electric heaters though:* You don’t require having any plug in point for propane heaters. This quality makes it more mobile and you can shift them to any place including indoor locations. * Your propane heater would keep working even if electric supply goes off due to natural catastrophe or other reasons and this way your children continuously get best heating arrangement. * As heat is produced through burning fossil fuel propane remains less polluting unlike electrically run heaters. * You have to keep tab on supply of fuel for refilling propane heaters regularly. * Simply switch on electric heater for running them which make it completely hassle free.
About the Author
Kenny Leichester is a foremost expert in the interior design industry specializing in the outdoor or patio settings using outdoor patio furniture, patio heater, outdoor cushions, patio lighting and so on to create exquisitely beautiful layout.
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