It’s spring at last — the perfect time to rethink your patio area. If you’re like most homeowners, you’re looking to invest in creating a small outdoor haven for your friends and family this summer. We’ve narrowed it down to the top 3 ideas for outdoor entertaining this season: decks, fire pits and pools.
A deck is the perfect way to extend your living area to the outdoors. Not only is it great for outdoor dining and entertaining but it also vastly increases the value of your home. Consider it a smart investment.
There are more choices than ever these days when it comes to choosing material to build their decks. You have a wide selection of hardwoods from which to choose from or you can build your deck with composite material which is not only environmentally friendly – but also as beautiful as many hardwoods.
Once you have your deck built you can customize it even more by adding things like furniture, a hot tub, a pool, a fire pit and much more.
Fire pits for your patio
There’s really nothing like the crackling sound of fire to bring family and friends together. Fire pits are a brilliant addition to any backyard and add an upmarket feel to your patio while creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.
There are a number of options to choose from when considering a fire pit. From the simple round or square shaped pits to more unusual DIY projects, you really can let your imagine run wild. The fuel you choose however, is an important one.
There are many types of fire pit fuel options including:
While gas requires professional installation, the other fuel alternatives may not. Wood logs and eco briquettes create more heat and smoke, so make a list of pros and cons before deciding what you want from your fire pit.
As the temperature rises, pools provide cool relief. Even if they sound a bit luxurious and a little on the expensive side, the amount of relaxation and recreation achieved by having a pool will always outweigh the costs.
Homeowners contemplating adding a pool to their home don’t have to deplete their funds for an aquatic addition as home pools come in various sizes from affordable to extravagant.
Here are three types of pools you can add to your home to beat the summer heat:
Outdoor in-ground pool: In-ground pools typically offer the deepest swimming experience and add value to your home. These pools can be designed to fit any shape or size patio and to suit your specific needs from leisure to fitness swimming to water polo. In-ground pools can be designed into your existing landscape and there are decorative paving options available for pool decking. You can add some fun and glam to your pool with accessories such as diving boards, water games, water fountains, and speciality lighting such as fiber optic lighting.
Jacuzzi pool: Jacuzzi’s are also known as hot tubs and all incorporate massaging jet streams with warm water for hydrotherapy or relaxation. You can customize their shape and size and they can easily be integrated into a deck or patio.
Outdoor above ground pool: This is a very popular type of pool among homeowners because it’s economical. It can also be dismantled and stored away during winter months. Since they’re not permanent structures, you can take them with you if you move house. Above ground pools have several shapes and sizes so they are suitable for small yards.
Lucky enough to have a pool? Make sure that it’s summer ready with our handy guide.
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