Lisa Corr, Olde Town Realty | Haverhill, MA Real Estate

The deck at your home is your outdoor oasis. It’s your place to party. It’s the place where guests gather. What can you do to ensure that your deck is ready for entertaining and comfortable enough for the whole family? We have some tips to help you through the sometimes tedious process of getting your outdoor space ready for entertaining. Buy Quality Outdoor Furniture The higher the quality of the outdoor furniture that you buy is, the longer it will last. Your outdoor furniture will look great and last more than one season when you make purchasing this furniture an investment. Create An Enclosure You can easily create a defined enclosure for a deck by using objects like large planters or ferns. If you stay away from boring lattice board, your deck will certainly be stylish! Also, you’ll create some natural privacy for your next outing on the deck. Don’t Fall Off The Edge If the edges of your deck aren’t clearly defined, you’ll definitely need to complete this task. Not having the edge of the deck defined with railings or planters is a safety hazard in the first place. Even a piece of cloth or drapery, hanging can help to define the edge of a deck. Just be sure that there’s railings on the other side of those cloth pieces to help keep everyone safe! Natural Transitions It’s important to create a natural sort of transition between your deck and your yard. The deck is an extension of the home, yet the beginning of your yard. Try creating a small garden near the end of the deck to make a clear transition into the yard area. A swing, statue, or a cute yard ornament can also do the trick for creating a transition in this case. Conversations Work Best In Circles The same principles that interior designers use in living rooms work when it comes to arranging outdoor seating. Putting your seating in a circle allows for all of your guests to feel included in a conversation when you’re hosting. This arrangement allows for an intimate gathering with guests. Cook Near The Action If you keep a grill on your deck, it’s a great idea to keep the grill near the action. This way, you can stay near your guests while you’re cooking without being pulled away from the fun or missing out on conversations that your friends are having. Light It Up One of the most important things you can do to improve your deck is that of placing lighting around the deck. Lighting allows you and your guests to use your deck into the night hours. Lighting is also an important safety feature for your deck. It’s important that deck lighting isn’t very bright though. You don’t want the entire neighborhood to be aware that you’re hanging out on your deck with a spotlight on you! These tips should help you to create a better deck and outdoor entertaining environment.