Well, we’ve done it – we’ve past the darkest day of the year. With winter solstice behind us, our optimistic, summer-loving team has already started to think ahead to the warmer months to come.

Every day from here on out, we’ll have more and more sunshine hours – and that is something to celebrate! Join us in dreaming about summer and get ahead of the curve as you consider how pergolas, awnings and sun shades can turn your backyard into a summer oasis.

Dreaming of summer

The shortest day of the year. The fewest sunshine hours. Tauranga’s darkest day. The day the sun sets at five pm. Winter solstice. June 21st. Whatever you call it, the dreary day has passed and every day we are one step closer to summer.

It’s all about a positive mindset, so let the thoughts of ice cream cones and surf, patio brunches and beachside bbqs enter your mind.

Start planning your pergola, awning or sun shade

It might be hard to feel inspired about planning for summer when you look see nothing but grey skies, gusty winds and sad-looking gardens. But here’s why it’s worth looking ahead:

It’ll change your mood

We can get into a mid-winter funk, especially at this dark time of year. Forcing yourself to start thinking of brighter, warmer days is a bit like writing in a gratitude journal, exercising or meditating. It’s hard to get started, but once it becomes a habit, you’ll feel a whole lot better.

You’ll spend some time outside

We spend a lot of time indoors during winter. It’s cold and grey and rainy and windy, so it’s a lot easier to just stay inside. Deciding to take a look around your yard and plan for the summer forces you outside. Just for a moment at first, while you consider the best place for an awning, whether you want a curved pergola or a gabled one. But before you know it, you’re out there measuring and visualising your future sun shade, meanwhile getting the fresh air and vitamin D that’s so crucial for your health.

You’ll get ahead of the busy season

Lots of people decide they need a pergola once the sunshine returns to Tauranga. By getting plans underway now, you will beat the rush. Our team can design, fabricate and install your pergola or awning now, so it will be ready when you need it most.

Your pergola will be perfect for all-season use

Start planning for a pergola, awning or sun shade now, and you’ll be looking at your yard with winter lenses. You’ll think about the wind and rain and cold – things that you might not consider in summer. Will outdoor blinds keep the space comfy in winter? Is there room for an outdoor heater? Which furniture will work in winter as well as summer? It’s easy to plan for a beautiful outdoor space on a bluebird day, but yours will be truly perfect for year-round use.

Say goodbye to the winter blues by saying hello to a pergola or sun shade. Get in touch with the team at Undercover Industries today.