Your deck is where it’s all happening this summer. During the hotter months it’s the coolest place to hang out and you probably can’t wait to get out there for some fun in the sun. But before you do, we recommend you take a read of this little piece as it will help you get even more out of your deck.
There’s no point in actually having a deck if your guests are sent scurrying inside to seek shelter from the rain, or shade from the sun. Shade and rain protection can be added to your deck in the shape of an awning or pergola. This will allow you to enjoy your deck in all weathers, which is what we can expect over the course of a Kiwi summer.
Longer summer days mean warmer weather at night, so the deck can be a gathering point for friends and family during the evening hours. Outdoor dining and merry-making while the sun goes down is a wonderful thing to do, and it can be even more wonderful if everyone can actually see what they’re doing. A great lighting design will make that possible. Not just random lights here and there, but a well thought out selection of lights that allow for greater visibility and safety, in a subtle and understated way. It’s well worth spending some time, and a little money, on getting the lighting just right so you can keep the party going well into the late hours.
Traditional decks have traditional seating arrangements, most noticeably an outdoor table and chairs? All well and good, but you can spice things up a bit and have some outstanding sitting down fun. For example, how about a hammock on your deck? Or colourful outdoor bean bags, which are a sure-fire hit with younger guests. Maybe milk crates for hipsters? As long as you have enough seating for everyone, there’s no reason why you can’t mix things up a bit.
As outdoor cooking and dining is normal on most Kiwi decks, we ask the question…why be normal? You’ve done something a little different with your lighting and seating, so why not do the same in this area? Why not create an outdoor kitchen rather than just a barbecue area? Splurge on a barbecue that gives you plenty of cooking options, such as rotisserie or smoking, or invest in an outdoor pizza oven. You can go even further and add a food preparation area complete with bench space, fridge and running water…if your budget stretches that far, that is! If you follow our suggestion and add a pergola or awning that gives you all sorts of weather protection, including rain protection, then your outdoor kitchen can be used year-round, which means it’s an investment that will pay dividends for 12 months of the year.
By making the most out of your deck, you’ll have more opportunities to party, dine and cook in that lovely outdoor space you’ve created. So, transform your deck before the party begins and enjoy all the fun in the world under the great Kiwi sun.