Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer, which means backyard barbecues and soaking up the sun will be on your to-do list for the next few months. Your home’s deck is the natural landing place for friends and family to socialize during the summer months, so it’s important to make it as welcoming and functional as possible. Plus, having a beautiful outdoor space adds value to your home if you decide to sell it in the future.
If you don’t yet own a home with an inviting deck in the backyard, there’s no better time to start your search. Regardless of your circumstances, here are some tips to keep in mind for preparing a backyard deck for a summer full of fun.
Furnish with More than Folding Chairs
A backyard deck is an extension of your home’s living spaces, so you should give attention to its décor, too. Even though outdoor furniture needs to be practical because of the weather doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Traditional materials such as wicker and wrought-iron furnishings are able to withstand the elements of Mother Nature, so pair them with water-resistant cushions and throw pillows to add some color and style. Your guests will spend a lot of time on the deck during the summer, so don’t miss an opportunity to show off your decorating skills—both inside and outside of the home.
Build (or Buy) a Fire Pit
Even if you have a grill on the deck for cooking purposes, a fire pit can add some unique flair to your outdoor space. A fire pit (which can either be built into the ground or purchased as a portable setup from most home improvement stores) helps your back deck serve as a gathering place even after the sun goes down. Not only do fire pits bring guests together, but they also provide a means to create a post-barbecue dessert. S’mores, anyone?
Keep the Bugs Away
With the sunshine and warmth of summer also comes increased insect traffic. Nothing puts a damper on an outdoor barbeque than swatting away pesky mosquitos the entire time. Outdoor bug repellents can be disguised in your backyard deck space through decorative lanterns, torches, and candles that are specifically made to keep those pesky bugs away. Decorative repellents that fit in with your outdoor décor will keep your guests’ minds off and bugs and focused instead on the fun they’re having.
Add a Pergola
If you’re concerned about your deck being too hot to enjoy all summer long, consider adding a pergola to provide some shade and architectural detail to your outdoor living space. Pergolas don’t require a lot of material to build so they are relatively inexpensive to construct by yourself (or to hire it done). In addition to providing summertime shade, pergolas help define your deck space as a designated outdoor living area through visual cues.
Summer is here, so take advantage of these suggestions from The Adler Home Team to make your deck a beautiful and functional outdoor living space.
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