A Deck Offers the Perfect Spot for Outdoor Living
Hot tubs, fire pits & built-in bbqs for your deck
A deck will provide you with a great place for entertaining friends and family outdoors. There are a variety of outdoor living accessories that will make your deck the place to be. If designed and built correctly your deck can host a hot tub, a fire pit or even an outdoor kitchen. A straightforward deck does a lot to increase the usable space in your landscape and invite you and your family outside to dine and relax. However, if you have room in the budget, these add-ons give your deck a finished look and make it even more of a pleasure to use.
- A gas fire pit is much safer on a deck because there are no sparks or embers
- Needs to be raised off the deck surface for proper circulation
- A liner should be placed underneath the fire pit to protect your deck
- If burning wood, a screen is necessary to keep sparks and embers contained
If you don't like the idea of using a liner a more permanent base of cement fiber board covered in pavers or ceramic tile can be used as a base for a fire pit. Check out Deck Stones for a fire proof decking surface. But this adds considerably to the weight on your deck so make sure it is strong enough.
Genevieve Schmidt, contributing writer for Landscaping Network and owner of North Coast Gardening