Create an Outdoor Room to Enjoy This Summer

Outdoor space with a louvered roof system

Learn about different outdoor shade options to beat the summer heat in Atlanta. Atlanta truly earns its nickname of “Hotlanta” when summer’s temperature climbs. We’re desperate for a way to enjoy being outside without melting, so seeking ways to stay in the shade is key. As an answer to those seasonal prayers, Mark Galey, president of Master Home Remodelers, creates outdoor rooms for his clients with louvered roofs. “I listen to what they’re trying to accomplish, whether it’s creating shade or a backyard destination,” said Galey. Unlike an awning that only opens or closes, a louvered roof opens to a desired angle, adjusting the amount of shade or sunshine you want. Likewise, unlike pergolas that stay open throughout, a louvered roof system is motorized and can close to imitate solid deck covers. The roof’s framing structure uses blinds or shutters with angled horizontal slats to regulate air and light while blocking out rain and direct sunshine. In turn, homeowners can protect their outdoor appliances, furniture and pets while enjoying the optimal use of their outdoor space. “Louvered roofs create protected living space,” said Galey. “You can add screens or sunshades on the side, you can add heaters, fans, lighting, even custom colors. It’s a sophisticated, higher-end, distinct look.” Now beating the heat feels (and looks!) pretty good.

Outdoor Patio Umbrella with Solar Powered LEDlights ($292)

Outdoor Patio umbrella with solar. lights

Square Patio Umbrella 10 ft. x 10 ft. ($449)

Cantilever outdoor patio umbrella

Portable Evaporative Cooler ($184)

Portable Evaporative Cooler

Waterproof Sun Shade ($142)

Waterproof sun shade sale

Oscillating Misting Fan ($749)

Oscillating misting fan


When it’s really hot outside, make this Ice-Cold Cocktail Cucumber Gin Gimlet Recipe to cool down

Cucumber gin cocktail

• 1 seedless cucumber
• 4 ripe limes
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1 bottle chilled Hendricks Neptunia Gin
• garden fresh herbs
• ice

• Mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup boiling water and refrigerate until cool to make simple syrup.
• Then, juice and strain your cucumber and squeeze and strain limes. Keep all ingredients separate.
• Next, add 2 oz. cucumber juice, 2 oz. lime juice, 1.5 oz. Hendricks Neptunia Gin and .5 oz. simple syrup to a cocktail shaker, strain into your favorite glass and top with ice.

Recipe courtesy of mixologist and regular Fox Theatre bartender Maia Celene Lamport.
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