5 ways to update your deck and patio this summer
This month, it took one week to go from winter to summer, from ice-covered lakes to 80 degrees. That’s what makes Minnesota exciting! Breaking out the shorts and sandals naturally makes us think about decks, patios, and hanging out with friends and family. If you’re ready to update and upgrade your outdoor living spaces, here are five ideas to get you started. (Photo: Pexels by Marianne)
Move to the front yard
Patios have been popping up in front yards, especially during the pandemic. When you’re in the front yard, friends and neighbors can stop by and catch up on long summer evenings. Whether you have a small area for a couple of chairs or a patio that extends across the front of your house, it’s a great way to connect with your neighborhood.
If you have the room, add a level—or two—to your deck. Multiple levels add interest, style, and space for large gatherings. Designate levels for different functions; for example, put the grill and dining area on one level, a comfy seating area on another level, and a spa or outdoor pool on ground level.
Build a crackling fire
Whether you install a fire pit, fire table, or outdoor fireplace, it’s a great way to draw people together. Some of the best conversations happen next to a fire, when people can focus on conversation or just sit quietly together.
Turn on the lights
Exterior lights are a great tool for setting a mood. You can lead the eye while you light the space. Create the illusion of an outdoor room, spotlight unique design features, and connect the patio or deck to the surrounding landscape. Build your lighting scheme from the floor up, from in-floor lights and upward facing spotlights to under-rail lighting, torch lights, lanterns, and string lights.
Make it accessible
Add universal design features to provide maximum accessibility for your family and guests. For example, provide secure handrails for stairs, build low-rise steps and low-threshold doorways, and install levers instead of doorknobs.
Whether you’re planning a tiny patio or a multi-level deck, build it to last with intention, solid materials, and style. You’re worth it.