Editor’s Note: We have a three-day Memorial Day weekend, so we’re looking back at our library of stories about outdoor living in North Texas. In 2013, CandysDirt.com Executive Editor Joanna England got the dirt on how to make an outdoor space you use all year long from Margaret Chambers of Chambers Interiors.
Every spring I face a dilemma: What do we do about our back deck? We’ve tried a lot of different things to make it more inviting — having a corner bench built, putting up a Coolaroo shade, adding plants, putting down an all-weather rug — and still, when the summer starts to peak, we head inside.
It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Margaret Chambers, the founder of Chambers Interiors, has some great tips for making your outdoor space a spot you’ll gravitate toward all year long:
Outdoor living spaces have become more popular in the last ten years. If you are fortunate enough to have a covered patio, balcony, or deck, there are many clever ways that you can turn these spaces into exciting outdoor entertaining rooms. Whether you already have an outdoor area or are planning on building one, keep these helpful hints in mind.
A fireplace and small, inconspicuous heaters on the ceiling can add warmth in the fall and winter months. For the spring and summer months, ceiling fans are a must. If the budget permits, you might want to install misters in the ceiling.
Consider an outdoor grilling area, a small refrigerator, and an ice maker in your outside kitchen for entertaining a large group. You can also ice down drinks using galvanized aluminum tubs. An old pine armoire on a covered porch can be handy for storing your party accessories, games, and extra towels. (more…)