Moderate weather in Eastern North Carolina, makes it easy to spend time outside in spring, summer and fall. Designing the perfect patio will keep you enjoying the extended living space of your home. There are many ways to make your deck or patio a favorite spot for your family. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Add a Fireplace or Fire Pit
Adding a fireplace or fire pit to your outdoor living space will keep you spending time on your patio or deck in the evenings or during cooler weather in spring and fall. Kids will love the opportunity to make s’mores whenever you have a fire going! Be sure to check your fire pit or fireplaces manufacturer requirements, and your city’s code before adding any flame producing items to your deck.
An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a grill and an outdoor sink… or a completely built-in gourmet set up! In either case, it reduces trips in and out of the house while cooking outdoors. If you’re entertaining, you can converse with your guests and they’ll feel more included in the process. Be sure to speak with your builder about your options!
Lighting. Lighting. Lighting.
Lights can define your space and set an atmosphere. You’ll need some lighting to make the space functional, but lighting can do more than make it safe to move about. String lights can frame your outdoor living space in soft light. Fairy lights can create a starry night effect overhead. There are many creative ways to use lighting to set the mood for your space.
Roof extensions, awnings or sun shades provide cover for your deck or patio and in some cases can easily be installed after your build in complete. This will protect you, your outdoor furniture and your deck from sunlight, heat or even a light rain. An overhead covering can also be helpful in blocking falling leaves or bird droppings. If you plan to use your outdoor living space frequently, an overhead covering will make it more enjoyable.
Create a dynamic deck with distinct seating areas, space for games or levels that step down to a pool or other feature. Think about movement to and from different high-interest areas. If a multi-level deck isn’t right for you, add a stone path to a fire pit area from your main deck to achieve a similar effect.
Instead of buying patio furniture, build in a bench or booth for permanent seating. You won’t have to worry about it blowing away in a storm, and as your style changes with the seasons, you can change out cushions to keep your deck or patio inviting and unique.
Items in this segment that would fall under our Classic or Classic + packages would be:
- Lighting Upgrades
- Roof Extensions
Items in this segment that would fall under our Signature or Signature+ packages would be:
- Awning or Sun Shades
- Multilevel Decking
- Built-In Seating
- Outdoor Kitchen Areas
- Outdoor Fireplaces