It's the middle of winter, at least here in central Indiana, and when you look at that deck, patio, or porch area your likely to see nothing but snow and cold but don't despair because soon, very soon it will all get better. Sunshine and warm breezes are just around the corner but will you be ready for it? With a little bit of planning and a little forethought you'll be ready when the first smells of outdoor grilling waft past you!
The first thing to do is take a long look at the area that you have to work with. How do you want to use the area, how have you used it in the past? Unlike indoor spaces which are pretty well-defined your outdoor area can be anything that you want…it's only limited to your imagination. An area to gather friends and family to dine, a relaxing group area for conversation or an intimate area for just the two of you….you decide. Perhaps now is the time to grab that bottle of wine and settle down in front of the fireplace to ponder and explore all of your ideas for that ideal outdoor space…be imaginative and dream a little. Once you've decided how to use it we'll explore how to fill it…so many choices!