Here it is folks, Project Deck for #HDBlogSquad ~ Summer 2015 Edition, and here are my key building blocks:
- outdoor sectional sofa + ottoman with storage (mine is now sold out, here is a comparable set)
- mid-century inspired chairs
- elevated planters with shelves
- durable and stylish outdoor rugs
- energy efficient outdoor lights on sensor
- flush plants with blooms for the entire summer
- deluxe charcoal grill
Despite of its age, the deck is in pretty good shape (after 25 years since we moved into the house) and I am excited to transform this tired family gathering space into an outdoor oasis for many summer seasons to come.
Seating capacity is crucial when we host family BBQ, and my Dad loves to spend his mornings on the deck reading the papers. So my first order to the task is to find the perfect couch that's low maintenance, stylish, and comfortable. Given the shape and dimension of the deck, I've nailed the perfect sectional (in size, style, and color) from the Home Depot. As for the jackpot, the set has an ottoman that comes with built-in storage! How perfect is that for storing pillows and blankets right?
Task 2: Dad loves to barbecue in the summer and I hate seeing him traveling between the kitchen and the barbecue to cook up dinner. On that note, I am on a mission to find a charcoal barbecue (we don't have a gas line) that has a nice surface for tray / plates & easy garbage solution.
This Performer Premium Charcoal Grill from Weber truly has it all:
- LCD countdown cook timer
- heavy-duty BBQ System cooking grates
- one-touch cleaning system and high capacity ash catcher
- sturdy painted metal table
And of course we need to see clearly when we cook, and I have found a LED outdoor light that is sophisticated and energy efficient.
We have just enough real estate to fit a cozy breakfast nook with a pair of Margie Stack Chairs on the deck. Lacking flower beds or mature trees at this corner, I've found three elevated planters with open shelves to create a lush backdrop with practical storage.
One last area of focus is the stair. Bare bone basic is what we have and my dream is to use beautiful cedar as the top boards, close off the gaps between steps, and install these mini LED lights to lead the way at nights.
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