Adding value to your home with an outdoor entertaining area

Mickey | Patio and Garden | Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

An outdoor entertaining area can be fantastic for your parties, your kids to play on, and for when you are spending time with your family. Many new houses are now being built with a decks or patios, but many older places don’t have this luxury. Although there is a booming industry in the patio and deck building area, many people really should be able to undertake this construction themselves. Building on outdoor areas is not very difficult, and you do not need to be a master builder to achieve good results. Although you still need to work to high standards, it is easy to get away with small mistakes when working outdoors.

The best way to build a raised deck is to sink treated wooden posts into the ground at regular intervals, then top these with strong beams (usually 2 x 4″ or larger) and then to top these with treated floorboards. Treated timber is by far the best option to use, as it will not rot for many years. If you can’t afford treated wood, then use whatever you can get, and oil it or varnish it sometime later to prevent it from rotting.

It is important to remember that you may need to incorporate a railing or similar safety feature into your deck if it is raised a long way off the ground. This is especially important if you have small children, or plan to host parties where guests may be in danger of falling down – this could result in legal action which you definitely don’t want!

Tables and chairs are obviously a necessary feature for an outdoor entertaining area, and you may also want to consider some deck lighting to brighten up your evenings. String lights and fairy lights look magical, and are both available in solar and mains power options. If you have shade umbrellas, patio umbrella lights can to look fantastic at night and create a really intimate and warm atmosphere.

How far you want to go with your deck design is limited only by your budget and imagination, and some people may want to go so far as to add out for fridges for drinks, hi-fi units, or even an outdoor bar.

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a comment

Powered by WordPress | Theme by Roy Tanck | Free SEO by Court's Internet Marketing School | Get Tranquility White WP Theme