Fences and Built-ins Can Be Imaginative Outdoor Structures
There are ways to create privacy that are attractive for both homeowners and the people who live next door to them. A variety of fencing styles and products to spruce up a plain wall makes this possible. Viewing borders as a backdrop to patio furniture may help homeowners see fencing and other partitions as a section of their design scheme.
For instance, a metal fence can be dressed up by creating a border garden of plants that are fast-growing and can cling to the fence as trailing vines. Morning glories are a good example of annual plants in this category.
While fences and walls serve a practical purpose, they don't have to be boring. One innovative homeowner inserted an all-weather chalkboard panel into a solid fence featured on HouseLogic.com that ensured many hours of enjoyment for the younger set.
Homeowners can also offset their patio furniture sets attractively by building screens that can be set up, removed or placed in different locations as needed. Three or four tall wooden shutters attached with hinges make a cottage-style screen that's a lovely backdrop for wicker patio furniture. They can be folded and stored during off-season in cold areas or left out all year in warmer climes such as Texas.
Built-in structures for patios and decks are most commonly used along perimeters - railings, walls and partitions - in outdoor living spaces. Nothing looks more made-to-order in home decor than built-ins. Outdoors, they take the form of benches, planters and shelving.
To make the most of space on a patio or deck, built-ins can be designed to serve more than one use. A deck box, for instance, can be attached to a deck railing. Its primary purpose is to store outdoor items, but with a cushion on top, it becomes extra seating. Benches may also be wrapped around tree trunks or built into a nook within a larger space.
Better Homes and Gardens Magazine featured two benches built perpendicular to each other against two trellis walls that form a corner of a patio. The nook is finished with light sconces, planters, a small table and two patio chairs for a cozy conversational area.
In another example, a concrete and brick wall that lines a lawn continues around the patio in a double layer that adds appropriate height for seating. Homeowners can pull up patio tables and chairs to the wall, which provides seats for several people on one side.
- Posted on September 24, 2016