A porch or deck, whether enclosed, screened, or open, are all wonderful additions to a home. When was the last time you took a look at your Atlanta deck or porch and thought about creating an entertainment space? Have you considered how to maximize your enjoyment for yourself or your guests? Here are a few ideas to ensure your outdoor space is ready for a deck or porch party!
Unless your outdoor space is extremely limited, put at least two chairs close enough together to encourage conversation. Look for chairs that make outdoor dining al fresco a breeze. Choose tables and chairs made of solid teak wood. It is important to have outdoor furniture be resilient and naturally weather resistant. Shades of grey are always a great idea.
How about a fun swing? It is the perfect seating for restless children (or adults). Really, who doesn’t love a swing?
Intermittently place lush plants or hang planters in pots to create picture-perfect outdoor living. Be sure the size of your planters is consistent with the size of your outdoor space. Tall, narrow containers are best for smaller spaces while a big potted plant is ideal for a larger area. Perennials give you longer-lasting foliage than seasonal blooms. Ferns create a plush, healthy look.
Does your outdoor living space have significant sun exposure? Think about planting trees that will shade the area to add more protection from Atlanta’s unforgiving summer heat. Are insects common? Put out a few citronella plants. No one likes getting bit by mosquitos when they’re trying to relax.
Does your outdoor living space have a roof? Especially if uninvited guests are common such as gnats or flies, a ceiling fan is great for air circulation. White is your best bet. Although, if you prefer to add a splash of color, select fade-resistant fabric.
Did you know that well-placed lighting makes your deck or porch safer for guests? It is also a welcoming element for your home. Create multiple light sources. A great start is to string lights along the edge of your deck or porch.
Next, place one scone above a doorway and another near your seating area. You can also consider sunken spots in the ceiling. Solar lights along the walkways, railings, poles, or other elements are another way to make your home more inviting. This also makes the path safer to your front or back door.
Add flameless candles or lanterns for soft lighting when the sun sets. Make sure to have enough chairs for everyone. Some people will want to lean against the rail or stand, but they’ll eventually want to sit. Set up various beverage, entrée, and dessert stations to make it easy for people to fill their plates. Have a clean-up station bin that makes it easy for guests to discard their plates, utensils, and plastic or paper cups or cans. Have fun!
With over three decades of specializing in outdoor living space, Atlanta Decking & Fence is your number one source for expert advice. Let’s get started on creating more living (and entertaining) spaces for your home. If you’re missing a deck, but were inspired by this article to add one, please call the best Atlanta deck builder in Georgia. Request a free design consultation now at 770-781-4641. You can also contact us online anytime.