No matter what time of year it is, if you design your deck or patio correctly, you can enjoy it all year round. Depending on how innovative your deck and patio designs are, you can bring a little piece of the inside to the outside for a very comfortable experience. You may never want to go back inside. In the following paragraphs, we will discuss some design options that will make your deck and patio inviting to your family and friends any time of the year.
1. Outdoor Cooking Area. For some, just having a grill in the corner of your deck or patio is enough. However, there are people that would much rather have all the bells and whistles that make their outdoor cooking area as functional as their indoor cooking area. If you add a sink, a stationary cooler, or even a small refrigerator, you can do most of your prepping as well as your cooking outdoors. You can also add a small bar area for liquid refreshment.
2. Covered Area. Having a covered area of your deck or patio can serve many purposes. On those hot summer days, it will allow you to get out of the glare and heat of the sun by providing you some shade. There are different methods that can be used in the design such as a screened in area or simply a awning cover.
3. Fireplace. An outdoor fireplace serves a few purposes. Maybe your family would like to have a s’mores night or a weenie roast. Of course, the main reason for having a fireplace outside would be to provide warmth on those crisp fall nights and early winter weekend mornings.
4. Comfortable (but sturdy) Furniture. Your outdoor furniture needs to serve three functions. First and foremost, it needs to be comfortable for your family and guests. It needs to provide a feeling of relaxation and serenity. Second, it needs to be pleasing to the eye. Beautiful furniture can add an element to your deck or patio that completes the entire design and look of the space. And third, the furniture needs to be able to stand the wear and tear of the elements.
Outdoor furniture needs to be functional, pleasing to the eye, and tough. Whether you are someone that only likes to go outdoors occasionally or someone who would spend every waking hour in the outdoors, a careful look at different deck and patio designs will give you the options you need to create a space you and your whole family would love. There are literally millions of different combinations of designs that will fit your needs.