Deck & Patio Upgrades for the Summer in Indianapolis

Those scorching hot days of an Indiana summer are ahead of us, so let’s get prepared now. Is your backyard ready? Do you have a shady spot lined up to hang out in once the heat comes? If you don’t, you might consider adding a brightcover or louvered porch to your Indianapolis-area home this year. Or maybe your more of a gardener, and adding a pergola for your plants to vine up is more your speed. No matter what, we’ve got a few ways to upgrade your outdoor living space this summer. There’s no doubt that if there is something we’ve learned in the last year, it is that we value our time spent outdoors and inside our own homes. That means we should all make them something truly enjoyable!


Brightcovers are a pergola/porch overhang-like addition to your patio. They sit above your hardscape and provide shade while still letting in natural light, making them a great addition to your outdoor living space. They are a great addition to a large patio or deck if you want to put some shade over one particular section (or the whole thing if that’s more your style), so you can have a reprieve from that hot summer sun. You can even add a fan to a brightcover to keep the airflow moving and keep you cool. Check out some brightcovers we’ve installed here.


 We have outfitted a lot of pergolas over the last few years, we almost consider them a backyard staple. We also can outfit an existing patio or deck with a pergola. Pergolas provide shade and visual interest on patios. They are great to dine under and light up once the sunsets. Our pergolas are typically made of wood and can be customized to fit your outdoor space. Once they are up, we love to see customers’ pictures with beautiful plants and flowers vining up the trellises, or pictures of their outdoor furniture setups to enjoy the space. The options are endless and always turn out beautifully with a pergola. Check out some we have installed here.

Louvered Porch

A louvered porch is like a brightcover or a pergola, but it allows you to decide (and change) whether or not you want to open up the panels on the “ceiling” if you will. It can also be attached to your house or freestanding. Louvered porches work well with both patios and decks, and we can install them for you with basically any outdoor setup you have. A louvered porch can be more aesthetically pleasing than some options, protect you from the elements, and allow you to have total control over the atmosphere on your patio. What’s more to love? Check out some louvered porch projects here.

Fire Elements

If you’re content with your shade set up, we’ve got one more suggestion for you: a fire element. Nothing says “let’s hang out for a while” like a fire does. Adding a fire pit or fireplace to your patio will increase your enjoyment immensely. If a firepit isn’t your vibe, another fire element to consider is an outdoor oven. Okay, so maybe even a whole outdoor kitchen. Bring the family together for an evening outside making pizza, grilling up something good, whatever you like! The experience of cooking outside is truly enjoyable and allows everyone to hang out together while it’s happening. Check out our gallery of outdoor kitchens here.

Whatever your summer 2021 holds, we hope you enjoy your outdoor space to the fullest! Here at Cutting Edge, we are ready to help you make your dream backyard a reality, from small patios to a full outdoor kitchen setup. If you’re ready to upgrade your backyard (of your Indianapolis-area home), call us or email us today to set up a free consultation. We’re here to help!