|Porches, decks, lanai and patios can extend the living area of a home and provide a back-drop for the most memorable days of the year. Pay attention to seating, shade options and placement of things like grills and plants. These areas should appear well-cared for and uncluttered. If they are too sunny, they can be too hot to enjoy, so ensure that viewers can see the utility of these outdoor spaces by attending to the temperature here, too. Large umbrellas or a retractable awning can provide cooling shade, and proximity to a pool or cool breeze can make a difference. When none of that is possible, the addition of plants appropriate to the conditions can visually cool the eye. A particularly lovely spot could sport a “just use me” look with a pitcher of iced tea and a few glasses on the table, inviting the buyer to take a moment to sample a cool refreshment.Water features may be as small as an indoor fountain or as large as a pond or stream running through the yard, but the sight and sound of water has a cooling and calming psychological effect, inviting people to relax and stay. In hot weather, the evaporation of water combined with a slight breeze is similar to evaporation cooling systems, but with a distinctly natural flare.