Ideas for Decks and Patios
Having a patio or a deck extends your home’s living space to the outdoors. No matter the size of your backyard, there is a style that compliments every home. Decks and patios increase your home’s resale value, providing they are well-maintained.
Deck and Patio Styles and Designs
Add some landscaping around the perimeter of your deck or patio help define and soften the lines of the space. Mixed greens such as boxwood or ornamental grasses can stand alone or be mixed with flowering plants. Container gardens with a mix of annuals and herbs make a great addition.
Deck and Patio Uses
Design an outdoor kitchen. Planning a workspace and a grill and /or oven can be enjoyed year round. A simple grill or an elaborate brick oven will inspire any chef. While grilling is more popular during the summer, you can still use your grill to cook anything from hamburgers to pizzas during the winter months.
Add an entertaining space for conversation and dining. In the warm spring, summer, and fall, there is nothing better than enjoying time with friends and family. Tables and chairs, with umbrellas or an awning, make this possible in both rain and shine.
A patio is a wonderful spot for a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. There is something nostalgic about sitting around a fire, roasting marshmallows.
How to Care for Your Deck
If you do not wash and clean your deck regularly, mold and mildew can set it and even cause it to rot. Start by taking everything off of your deck. Remove any debris that might be hiding between the boards, using a putty knife or similar tool.
Sweep your deck thoroughly, including the corners. Find a cleanser that is specifically made for your type of deck. After rinsing or power washing, give the deck some time to dry before sealing it again.
How to Care for Your Patio
Whether your patio is concrete, bricks or stone you will want to regularly sweep it off and even give it a spray with the hose. If you have used sand to fill in between bricks or stones, you will likely want to replace that sand, as it can be washed away by your cleaning routine and by rain. Seal the patio yearly to help protect them.
Kimberly Addelman is a licensed real estate salesperson with Realty USA and an Accredited ASP Home Stager. Contact Kim at 716.816.5654 or VillageHomeSales.com.