Homes+ (Australia) - - HOW-TO 101 -

If your deck is small con­sider an extendable ta­ble so you don’t fill the whole space all the time, but can eas­ily fit the fam­ily when re­quired.

Think of your deck as an ex­ten­sion of your liv­ing ar­eas and style it with cush­ions and throws.

If you need to make the most of the deck and you can’t fit all of those pot­ted herbs you want, look at a ver­ti­cal gar­den as a way to have a green wall and not lose valu­able space.

Citronella can­dles can be dec­o­ra­tive, smell won­der­ful and keep bugs away, so you can en­joy your deck day and night, all year round.

An out­door ceil­ing fan is per­fect for hot days – and re­vers­ing the spin will al­low you to use it on low in win­ter, push­ing that warm air down.

Light­ing is an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion in any space. Op­tions for deck light­ing in­clude wall­mounted fit­tings, fes­tive rope light­ing, so­lar light­ing or even a large state­ment hur­ri­cane lamp.

If you have tim­ber floor­boards in your home, try con­tin­u­ing the di­rec­tion of your deck­ing boards to match those in­side. This will cre­ate an easy flow and make your space feel larger.

An out­side gas heater will al­low you to en­joy your deck, even when the weather turns chilly.

In­stead of re­mov­ing that beau­ti­ful large tree in the way of your deck, build around it. You’ll cre­ate a fo­cal point, and have a nat­u­ral source of shade.

To keep your deck in tip-top con­di­tion, sweep away any pools of wa­ter af­ter rain. At least an­nu­ally, re­move mould and mildew with a spe­cific deck cleaner, and ap­ply a top­coat of deck­ing oil. Cabot’s new Sig­na­ture Ap­pli­ca­tor range in­cludes tools to make light work of main­te­nance.

All lined up Vary the di­rec­tion of boards to de­fine traf­fic flow and cre­ate in­ter­est.

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