beat the summer heat by Claire Grotz

Summer in Seattle is finally starting to heat up and we want to give you the best tools to keep your home cool. You don't have to sacrifice design for functionality with these tips.  Here are our favorite ways to beat the heat while still having that aesthetic appeal.

Cool off your yard with some backyard shade. Whether you create that shade naturally by planting trees or by using shade sails, adding a little bit of shade can cool down the area by 15 degrees.

Ceiling fans don't actually lower the temperature of a room, but they make you feel more comfortable. While moving the air, ceiling fans have taken on contemporary shapes that can seem more like a piece of art and a design element.

The lighter the color, the more heat will be reflected. Having a light colored roof will help reduce the heating of your home, ultimately lowering utility costs.

Instead of cooking inside your home, try cooking outside. Bring out the grill for summer dinners to escape the kitchen heat. Patio spaces are the perfect places to cook and spend time with the family.  

Enjoy your last bit of summer and stay cool!

the modern tree house by Claire Grotz

Tree houses bring about the childhood nostalgia of summers spent in the backyard.  Not only do tree houses encourage people to be more connected with the outdoors, but they also bring a sense of youthful whimsy. Luckily, with modern architectural design, tree houses are no longer just for the kids. Take a look at these tree houses that give traditional designs a playful twist.

summer days, drifting away by Unknown

It's Seafair Weekend here in Seattle and if you weren't already planning on spending time in the water, the scorching temperatures might change your mind. But if beaches and big crowds aren't your thing, how amazing would it be to have one of these modern pools in your back yard? We're definitely feeling serious pool envy. Check out more awesome modern designs here