Lots of people like to spend as much time outdoors as possible, especially during the warm summer months. If that describes your general outlook, you owe it to yourself to make your outdoor environment as comfortable as your favorite room interiors.
There are lots of different steps you can take to make your yard every bit as comfortable as your living room. And on sunny days, isn’t that where you’d much rather be?
If you have a basic backyard with no real entertainment center set up, you might consider placing a few new features in your yard to enhance your use of the property for recreational purposes.
Many people enjoy having a patio in their backyard because they are nice, level platforms for lawn furniture and are very good for barbecues and other sorts of gatherings of friends and family members.
You can set up lighting fixtures to illuminate the patio area for evening gatherings and set up some furnishings, such as a picnic table to make dining outdoors easier. You’ll probably also want to set up a grill for barbecues.
Depending on how your house is situated on your lot, it might be more convenient to build a deck than to construct a poured concrete or stone patio. You can construct a deck railing on all open sides for safety, especially if the deck surface is elevated a good height from the ground.
You can make your railing as plain or elaborate as you want, and you are limited only by the boundaries of your imagination. Look around to see what others are doing with deck construction, and you may get a few ideas.
Looking Beyond The Basic Function
Your railing might have balusters, which will make it a much more decorative part of the architecture. Remember, when you are designing architectural additions to your property, you should look beyond the basic function of the addition and think about its decorative effect on the property.
You might want to construct some sort of canopy over your deck or patio to create some shady spots and perhaps offer some protection from rain drops should your party unexpectedly get rained on. You might put up a makeshift canvas covering that you can purchase at any Home Depot store, or perhaps you’ll want something more permanent that will become a year-round structure that allows you to use the outdoor space even when there is inclement weather.
You can also screen in your deck or patio, so that it becomes much more bug proof, especially if you live in a damp climate where there are lots of mosquitoes and other kinds of pests. Good screening will help you to enjoy the time you spend outdoors. It might just be the right addition for your patio.
Eric Blair writes about home improvement, exterior remodeling and using Worthington column covers for making the outside of a house look nicer.