Picture yourself enjoying a cool breeze on a hot day under a pretty patio umbrella. At Solstice,  Whispering Pines, and The Canyons, you’ll find floorplans that feature stunning optional patios from Shea Homes. We’ve rounded up these handy tips to help you create an eye-popping patio this summer.
 
Warm Lighting
For any occasion, set the mood with breathtaking lighting. No matter the time of day, candles — traditional or flameless — lend an ethereal feel to your patio. Consider placing them in striking lanterns that tie in with the rest of your patio décor. When placed on the ground, larger lanterns illuminate your patio surface and backyard pathways — while hanging lanterns provide soft lighting at eye level. Use non-scented candles to keep from attracting bugs in the first place, but if they can’t be avoided then citronella candles act as a gentle and natural bug repellent. For powerful overhead lighting, string weather-proof lights in a layout that lights up your entire yard. When you buy a home at Solstice, you’ll find lovely patio options awaiting your personal touch.  

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Fun Furniture
Comfortable furniture like rocking chairs and benches provides cozy seating for your guests. Reclaimed pieces can capture a warm and rustic look while relieving the stress of having to keep your brand-new furniture in mint condition. A small side table or bookshelf can be used to hold your herb garden, dinnerware, or backyard games. Adorn your furniture with pillows that accent your outdoor décor: Waterproof pillows are perfect for the sofa or for lounging on the lawn during your family picnic. At meal time, stave off the summer heat under your included covered patio.  Whispering Pines’ Woodlands Collection features spacious covered patios that provide ample room for a gorgeous dining table.

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Dazzling Dining Tables
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or inviting the new neighbors over for happy hour, make an impression by setting a head-turning table. Gussy up your garden party by displaying antique tea or coffee sets, swanky serviettes, and multi-level floral centerpieces. A funky printed tablecloth adds personality — and a pop of color — to your patio table. To tailor your tabletop according to your personal style, design and stitch your own in just a few steps — then serve appetizers and beverages from an eclectic mix of dinnerware. Create a collection by browsing your local second-hand store for antiques, shopping for modern pieces, and including your current dishes and cutlery. You’ll love dining al fresco with a one-of-a-kind dinnerware set!

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Unforgettable Upgrades
In beautiful Castle Pines, Colorado, The Canyons offers stately covered patios. In your outdoor oasis, gather around a DIY campsite — that includes a crackling fire pit — where you and your family can roast marshmallows, sing campfire songs, and tell scary ghost stories all summer long. Bring life to your patio with beautiful potted flowers, a charming birdbath, and a quality sound system to add your favorite tunes to your patio party.

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Whether you purchase a Shea home at The Canyons, Solstice, or Whispering Pines, you’ll enjoy patio options that are perfect for everything from entertaining your neighbors to quietly sipping your morning coffee. Share photos of your process — or snaps of your final product — by tagging us on Instagram.

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