It's not unusual to have a deck; most single-family homes have some kind of deck or back patio that leads into the backyard. A good majority of homeowners, though, don't do much more with their deck other than setting up a grill and a patio chair or two and call it a day. This tendency to do very little with the deck is a sad waste of valuable space that can be a valuable extension of your living area, and a great spot both for outdoor recreation and relaxation. Your deck and patio area can become the perfect place for hosting summer parties, for enjoying time as a family, for eating meals on a beautiful evening, and so much more. That's why we've gathered up these helpful tips for transforming your deck into the best place to escape to. Family Fun Want to take the hassle out of planning spring and summer activities? Look no further than your own backyard for endless entertainment. With a little bit of help, your deck can become the ideal family hangout spot. Just check out some of the following ideas:
- A large patio table can offer plenty of comfortable seating when combined with colorful cushions and pillows.
- To keep the party going on into the evening, add some brightly colored lanterns and strings of lights for a cheerful ambiance.
- Keep a collection of games on hand outdoors so your family can come together for a game of Jenga, Tic-Tac-Toe, chess, Twister, or any other family favorite.
- Take the exercise outside with a backyard gym on the deck or a yoga patio for encouraging fitness while having fun together.
- A built-in firepit can turn an otherwise boring spot into a place to gather night after night to roast hotdogs and make s'mores something every family member can appreciate.
Another great addition is the increasingly popular outdoor movie screen so the whole family can gather together for backyard movie night with buckets of popcorn, patio chairs and a sky full of stars as you all enjoy a favorite summer flick. Relaxation Station Turn your back patio into a private oasis where you can retire each evening to dine, talk and relax with someone you love. Essential pieces for a truly envious deck include a wide and durable outdoor umbrella for providing plenty of shade and comfortable outdoor chairs where you can spend hours reading or kicking up your feet. Take the appeal up a notch by adding an inviting hammock or two, and you won't need to leave your backyard all summer long. Creative homeowners look for backyard design ideas in which they can incorporate a meditation garden with their favorite plants and fragrant flowers, shady trees and lounge chairs for transforming a simple deck into a zen patio unlike any other. Add the soothing sounds of a built-in fountain or other similar water feature and watch all your daily stresses simply melt away. Hosting Others Impress your friends and neighbors with an outdoor party unlike any other on your luxurious patio complete with stylish, comfortable patio furniture (like our stylish Bloom Collection) made with entertaining a larger group in mind. If you love eating outdoors from spring through fall, you might want to consider the many benefits that a backyard kitchen can bring. A special countertop for food prep, a simple sink, and an outdoor refrigerator can transform your backyard into a hub for summer festivities. Make your party feel more like an exclusive, VIP event with plenty of privacy thanks to the help of lots of enclosures such as detailed garden walls and fences lined with fragrant flowers and green vines. For those who really want to host a great outdoor party, the addition of a hot tub on the deck will boost the summer party experience and can still be enjoyed solo or for a romantic evening as a couple without leaving home.