With warmer weather approaching, you may be ready to spend more time on your deck or patio. Now is the perfect time to get your outdoor space cleaned up and make some improvements. Here are 5 deck and patio ideas for your home.

Deck and Patio Ideas: Living Privacy Wall

A privacy barrier is valuable if your neighbors are close-by and you don’t have many trees in your yard. It’s always more comfortable to relax in your outdoor living space when you don’t feel like someone can see you. However, sometimes a blank wall or fence takes away from the aesthetics of your deck or patio. Bring it to life by adding built-in planters or shelves that can hold planters. Install flowers or trailing plants that will hang down the wall.

Pergola

A pergola provides shade and privacy for your deck or patio. If you enjoy woodworking, you can build one from scratch. Other options are buying and assembling a prefabricated pergola or hiring someone to build it for you. After it is installed, plant crawling vines and train them to grow up the pergola with twine. Once the plants grow and fill out, you will be enclosed in greenery when sitting on your deck or patio.

Raised Fire Pit

You always have to be careful with fire, but a raised fire pit is a good option to make outdoor living spaces cozier. You have more options for stone or brick patios because you won’t have to worry about an open flame over a wood surface. On a wooden deck, the safest options are a propane fire column or a chiminea which provides more of a barrier around the flames. Whatever type you choose, keep the fire pit at least 10 feet away from the house or trees, and don’t use it under a roof or awning.

Bar on Wheels

It’s always more fun to entertain guests when you have an outdoor bar. A bar on wheels is a versatile solution that allows you to move the bar to wherever you see fit, based on the layout of your event. Rolling bar carts can be found online and at homewares stores. Choose one specifically made for the outdoors if you will be keeping it outside.

Deck and Patio Ideas for a Grill Station

Build a station for your grill with a roof to keep it sheltered. Cabinets on either side of the grill come in handy to store extra propane tanks or charcoal and grilling tools. A countertop above the cabinets is the perfect area to prep food.

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