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Three Home Improvement Ideas That Will Make Your Next Barbecue Awesome

So, maybe your deck or patio isn't anything out of the ordinary, but it's still functional, right? Amp up your outdoor space by getting a little creative and making it an extension of your home, rather than just an afterthought. Consider these ideas when transforming your deck into something all your neighbors will be jealous of:

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Make Use of Plants

Make Use of Plants

A less labor-intensive way of transforming your space is by using plants. It's pretty much a no-brainer to tuck a couple planters here and there, and if you use a no-drip irrigation system, you don't even have to remember to water them. Using a variety of plants can add textual interest and have a softening effect, changing the space from a deck into a relaxing retreat. If you've invested in some plants for your outdoor space before, you know not everything can withstand the dog days of summer, so here's a few that can take the heat:
Bamboo--while if left unattended, it can be a fast-growing menace, but when planted in a contained planter, it can grow thick enough to be a perfect, natural screen
Sky Vine
Plumbago
Banana
Angel's Trumpet

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Make some shade

Make some shade

Is the weather rendering your deck or patio unusable? During the summer, the heat can send you straight back inside to kneel at the altar of the almighty air conditioner, while a little bit of rain can completely ruin a barbecue. The ultimate fix to both of these problems is to install an awning over your deck. An awning will not only make your outdoor space comfortable during the summer, it can also save you money on your electricity bill by effectively shading your home from solar radiation. 

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28 Backyard Seating Ideas

There's nothing quite like relaxing in the backyard, so make sure you have a place to relax.

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Purchase some outdoor furniture

Purchase some outdoor furniture

While freestanding seating options are nice, the combination of built-in and freestanding furniture gives you plenty of options when hosting guests. Substantial seating (as opposed to a meager collection of camping chairs) transforms your deck into an outdoor room, rather than an afterthought. Consider outdoor-friendly options like wicker that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.