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Arizona's ramada idea makes sense in almost any climate.

Arizona's ramada idea makes sense in almost any climate Simple structures, rustic or modern, that provide shelter from the sun, ramadas make sense in any climate. They can extend living space in seasons when it's pleasant to be outdoors; or they can create a completely separate outdoor room. And they give instant sun control in new gardens, long before a tree can grow to shade-giving size.

Derived from a Spanish word meaning arbor, the ramada was traditionally erected by Native Americans as a shady resting place during the harvest. Built of mesquite or cottonwood poles and ocotillo stems, these shelters were open on at least three sides to take advantage of breezes.

Modern versions are permanent structures, either freestanding or attached to houses. Though Southwestern in origin, the ramada idea translates well in many other regions. Materials can vary according to the design of the house and garden. If you're using wood in a hot climate, it should be substantial enough to withstand the sun of many summers. Ramadas can offer different amounts of enclosure. And roofs can be solid or partially open.

Beyond the basic ramada

How you want to use your ramada determines how you equip it. For lounging in its shade, by the pool or in a corner of the garden, you can outfit it simply with deck chairs or build in permanent seating.

Canvas or split bamboo shades can offer protection from wind and low-angled sun. A ceiling fan increases air circulation and cools the structure on warm, still days. For nighttime use, some kind of lighting -- by electricity or perhaps just from propane lanterns -- is essential.

A table and chairs convert a ramada into an outdoor dining room. Add a low perimeter wall and you have extra seating for parties. For a complete entertainment area, you can install a barbecue, fireplacE, refrigerator, wet bar, and cabinets.
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