DECKS/PA­TIOS/PORCHES.

Timber Home Living - - The Welcome Home Series -

Depend­ing on where you live, out­door en­ter­tain­ing for the hol­i­days may be a vi­able op­tion. To be a suc­cess­ful place to hold a party, decks, pa­tios and porches have a few fun­da­men­tal re­quire­ments. Am­ple seat­ing (this could be any­thing from stools at a bistro ta­ble, built-in benches along the perime­ter, porch swings or chaise lounges) are es­sen­tial, of course, but you can up the out­door ante by in­clud­ing fes­tive light­ing, a firepit, a full out­door kitchen, a wa­ter fea­ture (even a hot tub) and plenty of fo­liage and planters for color and fra­grance. In­door/out­door flow (think re­tractable win­dow-walls here) and a cov­ered area to shield the el­e­ments will cre­ate an at­mos­phere that’s all fun and no fuss.

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