J Barrett & Company LLC
The Militello Team



As summertime approaches, your deck or patio may become your new living room—an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start is now. You have options, many of which you can do yourself with minimal effort.

To start, if you don't have a deck or patio, research materials carefully before making an investment. One prevalent building trend involves making the smart choice toward natural, environmentally friendly materials that will never end up in landfills. As such, more homeowners are choosing Real Cedar because it is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insects. It's low maintenance and easy to work with, being durable yet lightweight, lying straight, and taking fasteners easily. Plus, nothing looks, feels, or smells quite like cedar.

To refresh your deck with style and functionality, consider the following on-trend outdoor-living projects.

Planter Boxes
If you want to add beauty and functionality to your deck, construct planter boxes and put them in sunny spaces. Whether you make small boxes that house herb gardens or larger boxes that allow vegetables to thrive, you can have a bounty of fresh flavors right outside your door. No need for a garden plot! Planter box designs come in a variety of sizes and can be built low to the ground or at waist height for easy tending.

Outdoor Sectionals
Built-in sectionals are becoming a focal point and favorite hangout spot on the deck. Perfectly set into a corner, these multidirectional couches can be built as large or as small as you desire. Real Cedar is pitch- and resin-free and accepts and holds a wide variety of finishes beautifully, so you can customize the look to your tastes. Finish with cushions for that decorator's touch and you'll have your new favorite cozy, outdoor corner.

Water Features

As homeowners look to make their decks and patios a true retreat from the stress of everyday life, they want to add elements of zen, which is why fountains and water features are becoming so popular. New decks are often built to incorporate these features, including pathways where water provides a calm ambiance. If a pond is too significant an undertaking, fountains provide a more affordable alternative that can be used in any size space.

Pergolas

These beautiful semi-shelters can be built in a number of useful configurations depending on how much shade you require, what you wish to situate beneath it (a dining set? outdoor couches and chairs? grilling equipment?), and whether you want to incorporate climbing plants.

Lighting

When the sun goes down, it doesn't mean the fun should stop. Add lighting to extend the functionality of your deck or patio and enjoy special moments under the stars. Stair, railing, and pathway lighting add a necessary safety feature, while under-the-table lighting and deck-post sconces provide the perfect amount of illumination without being overwhelming. For a touch of twinkle, add a few outdoor string lights in white, or for a more festive atmosphere, go for the color of your choice.

These five outdoor living ideas are sure to enhance any size deck or patio space. Make plans today so you can enjoy many seasons of fun outdoors with loved ones. For complete project plans andinstructions.


 

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