Maintaining Outdoor Spaces During Rainy Season?

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Q: I live in Guatemala, down in Central America. As in other countries, we have a rainy season, only ours lasts up to 7 months, and we are often hit by hurricanes. The rain, while it helps tremendously our lush and glorious nature, is an inconvenience when it comes to planning an outdoor space.

I have wanted to go ahead and come up with an outdoor space for entertaining and relaxing, like the many shared here at Apartment Therapy. But as beautiful as they seem, and no matter how much I want to copy - or try to, at least - this and that idea, I can't help but wonder how in heavens these owners of outdoor heavens maintain their spaces during the rainy, or snowy season for that matter.

From furniture, to plants themselves, to electrical issues, tips or suggestions would be great. It is important to come up with magnificent ideas for pretty projects, but it is also as important to figure out how to keep them in good shape when nature forces us not to use them.

Be well!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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