Fresh Ideas for Porches and Decks
Plenty of Room
If your definition of porch fun is more happy hour than dinner party, furnish the space with several small tables. They multiply your surface area for drinks and snacks.
When selecting your palette, look to the abundant colors in your surroundings and let the outdoor space become an extension of its setting.
Pretty as a Picture
Quality, low-maintenance materials don’t have to break the bank. Îpe decking offers the weather-resistant properties of teak at a lower price.
Create a “fantasy island” feel with an exposed wood ceiling reminiscent of a tiki hut (try cypress). To continue the Caribbean vibe, choose Dominican shellstone for the flooring.
Dress up your fireplace facade by using stones in a variety of sizes and shapes. Lay some flat and others on their sides.
Arrange furniture to create multiple conversation areas. Ladder-back, rush-seat chairs and benches are a budget-friendly way to add more seating.
Cook Under the Stars
To limit trips indoors, install a dishwasher and keep cabinets stocked with dishware and utensils. For countertops, we recommend concrete or solid-surface materials, such as Corian.
A Modern Approach
Create a built-in nook to keep firewood dry and covered.
Place an outdoor shower just outside your porch so you can rinse off salt and sand before entering the home. It’s also an easy way to quickly wash surfboards, wet suits, and pets after a day at the shore.
Styled Over Time
Layer your lighting with lanterns, sconces, and strings of lights. To cut down cord clutter, have an electrician install outlets in helpful places, such as near the ceiling for strings of lights.