If you enjoy spending time on your patio but wish it had more features so you could watch TV or fix snacks outside, then you may want to do an overhaul that makes your patio more functional. You can start by adding a permanent roof or awning for shade and protection from rain and then figure out what other features you want to add. With the help of an electrician, you can add just about any feature you like as long as you add the outdoor-rated versions. Here are some ideas.
Mount An Outdoor TV
With a TV outdoors, you can spend more time lounging and enjoying the nice weather while you watch sports or movies. First, you'll need to buy an outdoor TV that's made to resist rain and that is rated for outdoor use so there is no risk of electrocution. An electrician can hardwire an outdoor TV if you want to mount it on the wall, or they can install a GFCI outlet to plug in the TV with a cord. Everything used in the installation has to be rated for outdoor use, even the cable. The TV should be installed with special considerations for outdoor use such as making drip loops in exposed cables and positioning the screen so there's no glare. Outdoor TVs are made to have brighter pictures for enhanced viewing so as long as you choose a good location, you can enjoy a crisp picture that is easy to see.
Put In A Refrigerator
Outdoor refrigerators are often small enough to install in a bar or island. This offers some protection, but you still need to use an appliance made for the outdoors because it has to operate in much harsher conditions than an indoor refrigerator. Having a small refrigerator makes it more convenient to cook outside, and you may want the refrigerator installed next to a grill. A refrigerator is also a good place to store drinks so your family can enjoy a refreshing beverage without having to track dirty feet or a dripping swimsuit indoors for a drink.
Put In Lights And Fans
A fan may be necessary for cooling breezes, and lights are needed so you can enjoy the patio at night. You can combine the two with an overhead ceiling fan that has a light kit. Depending on the type of roof you have put on the patio, the electrician may be able to hardwire the fan and hide the cord. However, it may be easier just to run the cord to an outlet. Like other appliances and electronics, look for a fan and light that are rated for outdoor use as these resist corrosion and are sealed to keep water out for safety purposes. An electrician can install the necessary outdoor outlets for lights, fans, and any other equipment you may want to use. Outdoor outlets have waterproof coverings and are GFCI outlets which means they offer protection against shock.
With your patio outfitted with creature comforts, you can spend more time outdoors enjoying the scenery or watching kids play in the pool and still be comfortable while you cook or entertain.