Two weeks of construction, planting and affordable furnishing was all the time needed to turn this tiny deck into an inviting outdoor living area. An area perfect for relaxing, grilling and entertaining.

Deck before

Before we expanded the deck (see how we did it here), the small space offered little in the way of comfort or convenience.

Grill and plant

The smaller, original portion of the completed deck is reserved for a grilling station and a colorful folding bistro set.

Bistro table and chairs

Just outside the back door, they’re ideally placed for outdoor cooking and dining. The windows above slide open to allow a pass-through from the kitchen. Perfect for meal prep and for cocktail hour.

Copper pitcher with flowers

A vintage hammered copper pitcher from Turkey holds a bouquet of garden flowers. With a planted area right below the deck, it’s a cinch to keep fresh flowers on the table.

Watering can

Potted plants dot the deck to help blend it in with the surrounding landscape. A watering can, gardening gloves and pruning shears are handy for grooming the plants.

Conversation grouping

Inexpensive furnishings give the old and new areas a coordinated look. Lightweight and mobile, they’ll expand furnishing options over time.

Seating and table

On the deck extension an aqua outdoor rug defines a seating area arranged in a conversation grouping.

Cushioned chair

We addressed comfort with thick cushions, colorful pillows and a cozy throw. Overhead, a wide market umbrella blocks the sun.

Coffee table

A glass-top coffee table grounds the seating arrangement and provides ample space for serving appetizers or beverages.

Macrame pouf

An indoor/outdoor macrame pouf is a versatile addition to the deck furnishings. Nominally a footrest, the pouf doubles as extra, flexible seating and, topped with a tray, can stand in as a handy side table. Solar-powered woven lanterns provide movable lighting options around the deck.

Colorful hose in copper pot

A hose in the backyard is essential for cleaning and watering but your basic green garden hose leaves something to be desired, aesthetically speaking. Make a virtue of necessity with this cool blue hose and revolver spray gun from Dramm coiled inside a decorated copper pot.

Backyard deck expansion

Comfortably decorated and surrounded by a colorful garden (find the details on the plants and garden design here), the larger deck welcomes visitors and provides plenty of space for easy outdoor living.

 

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