As Spring and Summer come around, more people spend time outdoors in the sun, with friends relaxing, or telling wild stories at barbeques. If you enjoy living outdoors, and you have a deck or patio, you may want to re-design the area to fit your lifestyle. Not only will improving the design make the area more inviting, it can also increase your property value, and that is definitely a bonus. Here are four ways to improve your deck and patio designs for more enjoyment.

Lighting

Bulb lighting throughout the yard has been popular for over a decade, but that same string of lights can add ambiance to any outdoor area. If you do not have a power supply, consider a solar powered option to create mood and ease of movement.

Entertaining

If you want a Zen-inspired design, fill the area with the sounds of air and water by including fountains and wind chimes. You can choose from bamboo, rock, or rushing water designs for the fountain. Wind chimes designs include anything from specialty metals to one-of-a kind creations by local artisans. Add several to your deck and patio design.

Resting

Few things are as relaxing as the gentle swaying for a hammock on a warm summer evening. You can find designs that have supports, some that require posts, and others than include steel bars. No matter which design you choose, you be assured of many relaxing nights when you include a hammock in your backyard design.

Heating

Adding a heating element to your patio or deck can extend the use of the area by several weeks in both the Spring and Fall. Chose a fireplace or heater that uses fuel that is non-combustible to keep the smoke from contaminating the area. If the area is large, a bonfire or firepit can be fun for parties.

You can make your deck and patio area fit your lifestyle by changing any of the four elements listed above. Your contractor may even have a few other ideas to help you create an area you can enjoy for many years to come.

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