My front deck and back porch are the favorite parts of my house. Relaxing on a clear night watching the shooting stars wiz by or enjoying a cool breeze in the shade on a hot summer day are just some of the ways that I enjoy my deck and porch. I like that by adding some simple features, I can change up the deck and porch and make it a more enjoyable place to be. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite ways to improve the look (and feel) of your porch, patio or deck.
Flowers and Plants
Nothing can spruce up your porch, patio or deck and add life and color more than flowers and plants. Trying filling various shapes and sizes of containers with plants to give it a natural and wild look. In nature, plants are scattered beautifully without being placed in neat little rows. Try to put plants at different heights and in a wide variety of containers. One of my most used containers and also favorite type is Terra-cotta plant containers. You really can’t go wrong with that type, as it goes with any décor.
Who doesn’t like the soothing sound of water? Water sounds have been proven to relax and lower blood pressure. There are so many fountains on the market today that you can put on your deck ranging in sizes and how they are powered. I personally love my solar fountain and enjoy hearing the water go on and off on a partly sunny day. You can also opt for electric or battery operated fountains.
A deck just isn’t a deck without comfortable places to sit. Some people even like to place pillows out on wooden furniture. Go for what feels comfortable to you and it will most likely look great too. One of my favorite things is to take a nap on my deck with pillows and blankets on a comfy wooden bench. If you don’t want to purchase furniture you should look into building you own from reusable supplies like extra wood or even pallets.
Clean, Repair, Paint or Stain
Last week I painted my deck and replaced some rotting boards. While it did not take long, somehow I procrastinated all summer as I filled my days with other projects. A 70 degree day in November was a rare occasion that we just had and also a great reason to fix up the deck before going into winter. I can’t get over how much nicer it looks with our Christmas lights hanging on it. Just a little work, made our deck look like new again. Don’t neglect repairs like I did. By taking care of your deck, you will prolong the life of it and make it a place you want to spend your time.
If you love nature the way that I do, try adding some bird feeders on high posts or over the railing to attract birds. Make sure to position the feeders so that you don’t have bird waste on your deck. In the summer I like hanging store bought hummingbird feeders and also bird nesting balls. I make the balls out of twigs and stuff them with alpaca wool. You can make bird nesting devices out of almost anything natural and soft. Try pine cones with cotton stuffed in them. Watch and enjoy as mother birds come and take the soft materials away to use for their nests. Your deck can become a wildlife oasis that you can enjoy.
A deck, patio or porch can be a highlight of a home. To me, my deck and back porch are places to escape the world of work for awhile. It’s like a little vacation spot without having to leave my home. Try improving your deck, patio or porch by using some of the tips I provided here and you may find that you may not want to come back ever inside.
Craig is the editor of DIYHacks and absolutely loves to find new ways to spruce up his living space with DIY projects. If he isn’t building something then he can be found out hiking or riding a bike.