Remodeling - Improvements - Maintenance & Repairs
YOUR DECK - Furniture and accessories - When shopping
for patio furniture, it's important to size your furniture in proportion
to your available space. This allows for a comfortable amount of
space for you, family, or guests to move around.
order to not make the patio or deck seem crowded and to allow people
to freely move around, you will need to allow a minimum of 10' 6"
for the table and chair area. This allows for movement, but not
a lot. To really accommodate a comfortable feel and allow freedom
of movement, plan on sizing the patio or deck at 12 to 14 feet if
you're using a 48" table.
below are illustrations indicating the amount of space between the
table and the railing or wall.
or Square Table - Regardless if your table is round or
square, you want to provide 3' 6" between the table edge
and any wall or railing.
allows a person to slide the chair back to sit down or get
Table for Two - The chair located in a corner would still
have the 3' 6" required distance from a wall or railing.
for a little distance when up against a wall will provide
a less confined feeling and also give some elbow room.
you plan on having a bbq grille on the deck or patio, you should
allow sufficient space for cooking and people passing by while cooking.
You will also have to consider what is behind the grille. If it's
against a wood railing, the fire building code has minimum setbacks
from the wood (see illustration below). You'll also want to place
the grille far enough away from shrubbery as the heat can burn and
damage the greenery. You should consider 1 to 2 feet from the greenery
with the lid open. The heat generated from a grille can be quite
Grille Location - The heat generated from a grille can
char or allow any surrounding wood to ignite.
building code requires a set back of 1' from the corner of
the grille (when the lid is open) to the wood railing.
Always consult your local building department or fire inspection
department for setbacks in your town.
is a great feature and focal point for any patio or deck. Free standing
fountains and waterfalls create a real calming feeling. They can
be tucked into a corner or placed in the flower bed next to the
area. Size your water feature to your area. Some prefer the water
be heard and not necessarily seen.
SPEAKERS allow you to bring your music outdoors. You can purchase
wireless speakers that have a transmitter hooked up to your indoor
receiver. They can be hidden in the flower bed and stand up to the
weather. These speakers run on batteries (which can make it through
the entire season) or they can plug into an outlet with the use
of a transformer. They're reasonably priced.
- If you get full sun throughout the day and early evening, a free
standing gazebo can provide shade and relief that will allow you
to eat without the sun blasting down on you. A 10x10' gazebo will
accommodate a 48" table and chairs and can be set up anywhere
on the patio or deck. The downside is that the canvas can tear at
the tabs if a wind storm comes by. The sun also takes a toll on
the canvas and can weaken it with time. Generally, a replacement
top can be purchased through the manufacturer.
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