When we purchased our home over a year ago, we saw that the interior had everything we could want. The backyard, however, had potential but lacked a nice area to entertain. Adding this space had been near the top of our “to do” list for months This spring, we finally got our wish. My husband and I labored for several months, working nights and weekends to construct an outdoor entertainment area behind our house.
The first decision we had to make was what material to use for the decking. We thought of using rock or pavers. However, we finally decided to use synthetic decking. We found Rhino Deck products, which are high quality and come complete with a 20-year warranty. Since we work and have active kids, we liked that Rhino Deck products do not have to be painted or stained and need no additional protection.
After determining what type of decking we would use, my husband rented a piece of equipment to clear and level an area in the back yard. After this process, we began laying the decking. We chose the groove style decking with Rhino Deck’s hidden fastener, so the decking would have a fastener free surface.
After installing the decking, we placed columns around the circumference, designed to hold up the roof that would attach to our home’s roof. After getting the roof in place, we set out to furnish the space.
My husband constructed several stationary storage benches and we covered these with padded fabric. We also set up our grill and added tables and chairs for outdoor dining. We even had space left for a few rocking chairs and a porch swing to complete the furnishings. Down the road, we hope to add a flat-screen TV to our new outdoor entertaining area.
Our first get-together in our new space was in honor of my husband’s birthday. We invited our whole family, including my nieces, nephews, sisters, brother, mom, dad and even my grandparents. Everyone raved about our new outdoor area, including our new deck that we built with Rhino Deck materials. Even though it was his birthday, my husband wanted to use his grill in our new living space so we could dine outside. Some people were sitting in the rockers, others were on the swing, a few were on the benches and several sat around the tables. Everyone had a place to sit, and we all enjoyed the party.
After eating, a few members of the family began shooting baskets while a few played corn hole. (By the way, my grandpa is the best corn hole player this side of the Mississippi.) Anyway, it was a grand event that I hope to repeat many, many times.