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3 Design Elements for Attractive Winter Weather Outdoor Spaces

By November 5, 2019November 21st, 2019No Comments

For hospitality settings, such as resorts, restaurants, and hotels, outdoor spaces are just as important in the overall design as their interior counterparts. While they often function as an extension of the interior, your outdoor spaces should be treated as a destination unto themselves.  

Because of their exposure to the elements as well as temperature changes, these outdoor areas need to be designed with much consideration for weatherproofing. After all, guests will want to stay in an outdoor environment as long as they are comfortable. Tension Structures Division of Eide Industries has a few solutions for your hospitality outdoor space design that can enhance the guest experience and increase revenue, no matter the season.

outdoor spaces in winterTensile Membrane Structures

Outdoor dining and entertaining areas can still enjoy year-round use. While you may want to maximize natural sunlight in your outdoor spaces during the warmer months, a tensile membrane structure allows you to continue to use this area even in the wintry months. 

Weatherproof tensile structures offer shelter and protection against wind, rain, and snow, so you can still offer guests comfortable outdoor seating. Other details such as rain diverters, scuppers, and drains can also keep rain and more away from your guests and tables. Translucent options in ETFE foil give users access to natural and diffused light without being exposed to the elements. 

With guidance from our expert designers and architects at Tension Structures, we can help you choose the types of tensile structures that work well for the weather at your location.

Outdoor Furniture

When designing the layout and furniture plan of your outdoor dining area, also keep in mind where you plan to install your tension structures above for a more cohesive design. Plan your furniture groupings in a similar flow, color palette, and style as your indoor dining furniture for a more seamless look. 

Allow enough room for traffic flow around the outdoor furniture and arrange each grouping, so you take advantage of the view as much as possible. Be sure to select outdoor fabric for your upholstery that not only has the right color and texture but is also UV resistant and water repellent.       

Heat Lamps

Weather may be unpredictable, but heat lamps can provide another way to keep the temperature more tolerable in your outdoor space for guests at all times. Portable heat lamps give you the flexibility to place them anywhere in your outdoor setting, while infrared heating systems are an energy-efficient way to heat your outdoor patio or dining area.

With just a few simple elements, you can easily transform your outdoor spaces into a cozy destination your guests will want to spend time in every season.

Is a Tensile Structure Ideal for Your Next Project?

In the Tension Structures Division of Eide Industries, we specialize in the design, engineering, manufacturing, and installation of structurally complex and creatively challenging commercial, government, and prototype design projects. We provide expertise and support for architects, landscape designers, general contractors, and property owners to develop their custom tensile membrane project ideas and construct iconic structures.

Explore the options for your next project. Contact one of our experts today by calling 800-422-6827.