Spring is a time of year that is best enjoyed outside. Renovating your old deck can be the perfect way to make that happen. Done right, you can turn your deck into the perfect place for both parties and personal relaxation.

Install Kitchen Appliances

Due to its proximity to the kitchen and pantry, a deck is the perfect place to cook and eat outside. You can make this dream come true by installing a few outdoor kitchen appliances along with outdoor dining furniture. Whether it’s a raised, multilevel or platform deck, there are many outdoor kitchen designs to choose from. Consider opting for stainless steel outdoor appliances. Appliances can be very heavy, and it is important that you don’t overload your deck. Stainless steel appliances are generally lighter in weight and do a reasonable job withstanding the elements when regularly cared for.

Seal Your Deck

Nothing is going to ruin your fun on your deck as fast as a nasty splinter in your hand or foot from untreated wood. You can prevent this by treating the wood with a chemical treatment. If you are going to do this yourself, make sure that you wear gloves and a mask to protect your skin and lungs. Without applying a protective coating, the elements can cause your deck to rot. A rotting deck can pose even greater problems than splinters. A rotting deck is more likely to collapse under strain which could lead to serious injury. It’s much better to play it safe and make sure your deck is sealed against the elements.

Add a Firepit

Nothing brings people outside on a spring night like a bright crackling fire and smores. Installing a fire pit on your deck can give it a warm, cozy, and relaxing ambiance. You’ll find that people open up more when they sit and chat around a fire. Just keep in mind safety. Wooden decks are more susceptible to burning because of their material, but if you use it the right way, you can safely enjoy your fire pit on a wood deck. The fire pit should be elevated so that the heat has a chance to dissipate before it reaches the wood. Your deck should be treated with a flame-resistant coating. Just in case, you should have a bucket of water nearby in case things get out of hand. 

With a newly renovated deck, you’ll have the perfect place to enjoy the different seasons of the year. If you decide to DIY your renovations, just make sure that you set aside enough time in your schedule to get it done. That way you won’t be left with a bunch of half-finished projects lying around.

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