When dreaming of outdoor living spaces you would like to see in your back yard, why not take advantage of the most overlooked space? Under the deck. The majority of homeowners think it’s good for nothing more than storing yard/garden tools, children’s toys, or overwintering patio furniture.

Under deck sitting area with ceiling fan and beadboard ceiling

Shady and Cool

If there is enough headroom, why not create a living room, dining area (with or without a kitchen), or kids’ play area under the deck? Put a hot tub in the corner. Add a fireplace. Extend the indoor living space. A ceiling creates intimacy in the space and, with drainage, can keep the area dry and usable. Whatever your style, add a ceiling fan or even a chandelier.

Under deck chandelier dining area

Chandelier is Just the Right Touch

Go crazy with colors – put down an outdoor rug, add living room/dining room furniture, including side tables and lamps, a gas fireplace, or a bar. Hang art on the wall (yes, there is outdoor art), a TV and don’t forget the audio system. Consider appliances you can put outside, year-round. Add outdoor drapery for privacy. Simple or fancy, decorate to your taste. No more folding chaise lounge or chairs. Outdoor furniture comes in a variety of styles, colors, and materials from wrought iron to wicker.

Under deck living area supported by columns

Ceiling Fan Cools in the Heat of Summer

Recessed or Can lighting gives the area a warm, cozy feeling. Note the outdoor lamp in the cabana below.

Outdoor Kitchen and bar area

Gorgeous Ceiling Hides the Deck Above

The area under the deck becomes part of the family room at the lower level.

Pool, hot tub, deck, under deck bar, and cabana

Party At All Levels

Walk out under deck sitting area

Just outside the family room

Area rugs define a seating area and provide an added splash of color.

sitting area area rug

Simple and comfortable

Enjoy the Minnesota outdoors in style. Maximize your outdoor space! Let Southview Design help and that area under the deck just might become your favorite spot to relax.

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