OK, so I love to play Pathfinder because of how open ended and creative you can be. I also love the spell casting classes for this as well but while playing I sometimes feel that I am more restricted out-of-combat then I am in combat, at least in terms of magic.
Take summon spells for instance. they are balanced to last just long enough to make a decent contribution in combat but outside of combat they barely last any time.
I was thinking you can make a feat or something like
Out-Of-Combat Casting: Conjuration
Summoned creatures last for minutes instead of rounds. Creatures summoned this way have 1HP and -5AC.
Id leave attacks along so creatures could still sunder walls and do other useful things that aren't killing.
You could even increase casting time and it wouldn't matter much out of combat.
Any other ideas?