Whether you have a deck off the back of your house or a patio, there are a few essentials you need otherwise you are not taking full advantage of the space. Think of this area as extended square footage of your house. Wouldn’t you like an additional 100 to 200 square feet inside your house? Well, you have the next best thing. You have that square footage just out the back door. Here are the items you need to make it fully a livable area.
What outdoor space would be complete without a grill? You need something that will give you the cooking power needed so you can make your steaks, hamburgers, and hot dogs. Plus, there are fancy options you can have added on like a warming plate that will make the grill more than just a place to set things on fire. Although, be sure you put the grill far enough away from your siding otherwise the fire department may be your first customers!
What good are two chairs out there on your patio or deck if you enjoy having people over? Do you plan to have a battle of musical chairs for your friends and family to earn their spots? You must have enough seating so people don’t have to stand while hanging out. A couple of options would be a bench or two and a few chairs.
A Couple of Small Tables
There is nothing worse than getting handed the most delicious food and a drink and not having enough hands to eat it. To remedy the problem, a couple of small tables will come in handy.
A Television Set
Whether the television is on a cart or attached to the side of your house, if you are planning on spending time out there, then you must have a TV. Nowadays, you do not even have to worry about running cable to it. There are enough streaming channels available that will give you more than enough to watch. Plus, with it being just outside your back door, the wireless internet should be able to reach it fine.
A Catch-all-Storage Box
There are several other odds and ends that will come in handy when you are out on your back patio or deck. Since you don’t want to keep running in and out, find an outdoor storage box that will meet your needs. In addition, the storage box can be used as another bench so it provides even more seating area.