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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.

Contributing Author:

Genevieve Schmidt, contributing writer for Landscaping Network and owner of North Coast Gardening

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