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Making the Most of Your Backyard in the Summer Months

Summer is often the best time for backyard barbeques and pool parties, but extreme heat and bountiful sun exposure can quickly disrupt outdoor plans. At Creative Environments, we understand the need for outdoor spaces that can be used and enjoyed, even in the warmest months. If you are looking to make your outdoor oasis a safer and more comfortable place the whole family can enjoy despite the extreme heat.

Maximize Shade

Plentiful shade is one of the most essential aspects of landscape design for hot weather. Even for those who enjoy spending as much time as they can in the sun, relief from direct sunlight is paramount. At our model at The Meadows, a covered outdoor entertaining space is centered in the pool area, providing cover from the sun and an easy way to cool off in the surrounding pool.

Slatted shade options like those found in our Crossings at Meridian model are also a good option for areas that benefit from diffuse lighting but still want to keep sunlight and heat more manageable. Covered indoor/outdoor spaces like those at our Sereno Canyon Enclave model give homeowners flexibility to close off outdoor areas during the heat of the day but allow transitional options in the evenings or mornings.

Utilize Water Features

Pools are a summer backyard staple and for good reason – few places are better to cool off when there is extreme heat. Water features in general are a great way to both add visual appeal and a place to beat the heat and are often an essential upgrade for spaces that will see a lot of use throughout the warmer months. Our Whisper Ranch Colton model includes a covered seating area overlooking the pool that is flanked by cascading water features on each side.

Be Creative with Outdoor Activities

While sports and lawn games are popular outdoor activities, they can be less compelling on days with extreme heat and sun exposure. The blackboard and play area at our Tapestry at Destination model can be a great place for kids, and the overlooking covered seating areas gives adults the perfect place to play a board game or get lost in a book. For those looking to still stay active in the heat, our Crossings at Meridian model includes a covered entertaining area with foosball, darts and a TV.


As the #1 Phoenix Landscaping and Build Company, we have decades of experience giving Arizona homeowners exceptional spaces they can enjoy for years to come. Our design process ensures we can bring the ideas for your space to life. For tips on designing a backyard oasis everyone can enjoy, please contact us today.

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