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In previous posts we've looked at selecting the kind of outdoor living space and we examined the choices in materials for a deck. Your next step is making a few decisions that will make your living space truly your own.
Forget about what your friends have and disregard all of the beautiful photos of decks for a little while. Ask yourself, "what would I really like to do with an outdoor space?"
If you want to host large parties, you might want to consider building a multi-level deck which would allow groups to gather in several, more intimate groups. If you will be hosting small groups, then a dedicated area that would be conducive to conversation would be in order.
Briefly consider your desired seating arrangements. Would built in benches suffice or would you like to have a place for deck furniture, or both? Would you like one or more tables? Do you want to set it up and leave it or would you like to be able to move things into several configurations?
Are you going to want to cook outside? Consider the kind of equipment you intend to have. If you plan to have a gas grill that is connected to a natural gas line, plans for the line must be made in advance. While it would be beneficial to move the guest area far enough away from the grill so as to avoid the smoke, it's often convenient to place a small, portable bench close to the grill for the grillmaster. A built in table close to the grill can be very handy for food going on or off the cooker. While these things are relatively small considerations, they can increase your use and enjoyment of your new space considerably.
Electrical outlets are important. A few strategically placed outlets can expand the functionality of your space dramatically. A few well placed lights can extend the usefulness of your space by many hours a day. Now only can it provide lighting for functions, it can also be used to facilitate cooking after dark.
If you have a real flair for designing spaces, you're in luck. If not, it might be worth employing a decorator for a few hours to get some tips, not only for general layout but also some ideas for decorating when it's done. A little thought and planning before construction can help make your outdoor space an important part of your personal lifestyle.
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