If you have a small house and you get the impression that the walls are closing in on you, you can try to enlarge it by installing French patio doors. With this type of project you can make the patio another room of your house, and it's not a major undertaking.
While it might not be possible to get outdoor entertainment all the time, you can use an outdoor room or a patio for a longer period of time. Many of the months you once spent only inside the house, can now be spent in an outdoor living area, and enjoyed much more. What I love about this type of project is that it makes a small house much bigger.
Plenty of houses get outdoor rooms these days, and it's becoming more common all the time. You can get a windbreak if the room has a corner where you can recess it, while still allowing you to get the fresh air that can make you healthier.
When you're thinking of an outdoor room, don't just think about some folding chairs and a picnic table. You can use the same type of furniture as you have in your house, but in most cases, people will pick fabric that is water resistant, to make sure the furniture isn't damaged by water that might blow over. You can get heat for this area from heaters with propane or natural gas, or from outdoor fireplaces. You can enter the area through the French patio doors.
Even though people usually use areas like these for conversations, you also serve dinner here or you can cook. Since they're so convenient, you can use these rooms even when the weather starts to become cold.
If you want to keep your house cool in the summer, you might want to use an outdoor room to do your cooking. It will allow the air conditioner to do its job while working less, since a source of heat will be moved to another area.
You can relax yourself and have some fun all year long in an outdoor room that has French patio doors. Even if the temperatures go up a lot, you can still go to it after sunset, and spend some time there, enjoying a nice breeze.
If the climate of your area is dry, you can use misting fans and misters to bring the temperature to a comfortable level when it's warm outside. Since the fresh air is abundant, the humidity doesn't build up as much when you use these appliances.