Typically, people think of using their outdoor deck for only part of the year, especially in climates like ours. But here in Commerce, Michigan we like to make the most of our decks. Having a custom deck built onto your home adds more space to use for cooking, relaxing, entertaining, etc. So why not make the most of this space year round?
When you live in a climate with cold, snowy winters like those we have here in Michigan, that is a large part of the year people generally don’t think about outdoor entertaining. Perhaps the best way to combat this type of thinking is with an outdoor fire pit. If you want to make use of your beautiful Trex deck year round, a fire pit is a must! There are many different styles to choose from depending on your needs and budget. You can purchase a wood burning standalone pit in a variety of styles, or go with a more custom built-in design. If you have easy access to a gas line, or it is within your budget, a gas powered pit with glass beads or ceramic logs may suit your needs.
Another possibility for using your deck throughout those Michigan winters is a propane powered outdoor heater. Make outdoor grilling a winter activity as well! Easy to find at a number of large home improvement stores, an outdoor heater will give warmth without taking up a lot of space. An outdoor heater is also more flexible than a fire pit, in that you can move it to where you need it – near the grill when you are cooking, then around the table when you are enjoying your meal.
You spent time designing the look of your outdoor entertainment area; you should be able to spend as much time as possible using that space. Use some of these tips to stretch the use of your Trex deck year round!