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It’s that time of year again. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and you’re itching for a warm day in the sun. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had everything you needed to enjoy the great weather with you right there in your own backyard? We know that accomplishing the dreaded lawn makeover can be a hard feat, but there’s a silver lining! If you already have a patio, you’ve got a head start. Use the next five tips as a guide on how to turn that drab deck into your own social paradise.

Lighting

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Adding some lighting to the backyard is one of the quickest and easiest ways to transform the mood. Whether you’re looking for a big project like inserting spotlights into the panels or you want a vintage flair by hanging string lights, this is by far one of our go-to tricks for creating a more welcoming patio. Take it a step further by finding a way to incorporate solar lights, like the ones pictured above. You’ll save on electricity, and installation should be a breeze. Check out your local hardware store, and see what options they have for lighting as well. This is one area where thinking outside of the box might just make you the envy of the whole neighborhood.

Furniture

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Nowadays, outdoor furniture is coming in all shapes and sizes. The classic set of table and chairs can be used for a lot, but if you have some extra space try adding a chaise or climate-friendly sectional sofa. Did we forget to mention that hammocks are making a comeback? Some don’t take up that much space at all and offer a dreamy aesthetic and perfect place to nap.

Plants

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Adding some greenery on the deck can create a welcoming and warm space, especially if you don’t have a large backyard. Some homeowners choose to go with potted plants, but if you’re interested in sprucing it up a bit, no pun intended, try lining the railing with a small flowerbed, or use a narrow box garden to form a walkway. Think of it as a zen garden. It’s there for some eye appeal, but it’s also a therapeutic way to spend some time outdoors. Either way, it sends some positivity to those friends who came for your outdoor BBQ.

Cover

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This tip can really come in handy if you live in a hot climate. Finding a way to cover the porch or at least a section of your porch can save your family and guests from some major discomfort this summer. Canopies, retractable roofs and even foldable patio covers will come in handy all summer long. Even if Mother Nature decides to change her mind and sprinkle a little precipitation on the party, the food will be protected, and we all know the food is the most important part of the party.

Deck Wash

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While it might not be as glamorous as adding new furniture or incorporating lighting, a heavy duty deck wash can make all of the difference when it comes to creating an inviting atmosphere. Think about it. Your deck is one of the most social areas of your home. Plus, it is exposed to all of the outdoor elements. An eco-friendly, biodegradable soft wash treatment, as opposed to pressure washing which can cause damage, will keep your deck looking clean and fresh. This process doesn’t just get rid of those ugly stains and wear marks, it also eliminates the bacteria growing on your deck. Talk about a win-win!

Congratulations, you’ve now learned the secrets to creating the most inviting deck space on the block. The best part about these tricks is that they can all transform your deck into a unique space equipped with all your warm weather needs.


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