A deck or patio is a great space to relax, entertain, and spend time with family and friends. But over time, these areas can become dull and uninspiring. Fortunately, there are many ways to improve the deck or patio. Here are a few ideas to boost the appearance and functionality of your outdoor living spaces.

Improve the Deck with Comfortable Seating

Adding comfortable seating is one of the easiest ways to improve your deck, courtyard, porch, or patio. Seating might include a simple bench for a small porch or a full outdoor sofa set on the patio. Choose outdoor furniture that is durable, well-made, and weather-resistant to withstand the elements.

Install Lighting

Outdoor lighting makes the area more functional and welcoming, especially in the evening. You could install string lights on the porch or in a pergola, add deck post lights to illuminate the perimeter of the space and use solar-powered stake lights to light a pathway.

Incorporate Plants to Improve the Patio or Deck

Adding plants to your outdoor space brings life and color to the deck or patio. Choose plants you enjoy and that are easy to care for. Incorporate them by adding potted plants or building raised garden beds to fit the area. Hanging baskets look great on the porch. Fill them with boldly colored flowers or greenery with a draping growth habit. Talk to an expert at your local garden shop to find plants suitable for your climate, which will thrive in the sunlight your outdoor space receives.

Install a Pergola

A pergola is a beautiful and functional addition to any deck or patio. It provides shade and can support climbing plants, further enhancing your outdoor space’s look. You can choose from various pergola designs, from simple and minimalist to elaborate and ornate. Shop for kits online or hire a contractor to design and install your pergola.

Add a Fire Pit

A fire pit creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere outdoors. Many options are available, and you’ll surely find one that fits your style and space. Build a fire pit with pavers or retaining wall blocks, or purchase one at a hardware store. There are simple metal bowls and propane-powered fire tables for a sleek, modern look. Choose a location for the fire pit that is safe and away from flammable materials.

Install a Water Feature to Improve Your Deck

The sound of falling water is soothing and relaxing. Purchase or build a fountain or small pond to create a peaceful atmosphere in the courtyard. Find a flat, level area and determine how you will power the fountain. Some are electric, and others use small solar panels to generate power. Consider including water plants in the pond or fountain to add color and visual interest.

Build an Outdoor Kitchen

If you love cooking and entertaining, build an outdoor kitchen on your deck or patio. Your kitchen could be a basic grill station or an elaborate outdoor kitchen with a sink, refrigerator, and countertops. When designing the space, choose materials that are durable and weather-resistant.

Improving the deck makes it a more enjoyable space for you and your family. You’ll find plenty of ways to enhance the look and functionality of your outdoor space.

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