7 Reasons To Spend More Time Chilling On Your Decking This Summer
Are you counting down the number of sleeps until summer is officially here? Let’s cross our fingers and hope the weather is much better than it was last year. As soon as it’s hot enough to chill out in the garden you’re going to be spending a lot more time outside. Instead of hiding yourself away inside the living room you can finally enjoy your decking again, but we’re going to look at a few things you can do to make your experience much more pleasurable.
Listen to music
You might enjoy listening to the sounds of the birds chirping and the children running around, but eventually you will want to listen to some great music. It’s possible to turn your music up full-blast so you can hear it from the deck, but it’s much easier if you install a waterproof sound system. If you have guests over for drinks it will really get the party started.
Build a fire pit
If you want to sit out on the decking you will need to find a way to stay warm. Just because it’s hot during the day doesn’t mean it will stay that way when the sun disappears. If you build a fire pit it will look a lot better than standard outdoor heaters. Put some comfortable chairs around it and you will feel like you’re sitting around a camp fire. Where are the marshmallows?
Out with the old
Go outside and have a look at everything on your decking at the moment. Has winter been kind to your furnishings? Are there some wooden boards that look like they’re about to collapse the next time you stand on them? If anything is looking a little worn you should replace it will something new. You can also paint the whole deck and it will look the same as the day you build it.
Add a hot tub
If you wanted the ultimate relaxation toy for your garden do you have any idea what it would be? A hot tub has got to be at the top of your list and if your decking is raised high enough off the ground you could build one into it. If you’re sitting in your bathing costume you will want some privacy, so you can surround the tub with tall plants and turn it into a luxurious oasis.
Extend the deck
Whenever you build something new it’s natural to err on the side of caution. That means your decking is maybe not as expansive as you’d like it to be. When you start adding lots of bits and pieces to it there won’t be a lot of room left, so you could maybe try and expand it. It will leave you with a lot more room to move around, and it will be much more enjoyable when you have guests over and you’re not squashed together.
An outdoor kitchen
How often do you expect to eat dinner inside the house when the sun is out? Once you start eating outside it’s going to be addictive and it’s the perfect excuse to build an outdoor kitchen. If you want to keep it small you could just build a barbeque, but the sky is the limit. You could have a sink, a refrigerator, and anything else that can fit in the designated kitchen space.
Add some lighting
You want to create a beautiful ambience when people are eating dinner and you can do that by adding some nice lighting. It also makes it a lot easier for you to stay out because moonlight can only brighten the place up so much. You can add little lanterns along the top of the railings, or they can just be hung on the wall. You could even get solar lights and stick them in the ground all around your decking.