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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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