Decks on the back of townhouses are typically tiny and don't give you much space to decorate or entertain guests on a beautiful summer day. Don't despair, there are ways to incorporate style into your small space and enlarge it visually with décor and patio furniture so that you have a cozy, intimate place to enjoy nature, socializing, fresh air and sunshine.
Decks With Different Levels
If you own your town home, you can add a bi-level or tri-level deck to it, as suggested by the Ideas-for-Deck-Designs website. Even if you rent, the owner may like the idea of increasing his property's value. By having more than one level on your deck area, you can designate each level for a particular purpose. For instance, one deck's primary use can be to grill foods on a charcoal or gas grill and the other level can be for dining. Another idea is to have a play area for small children on the bottom level, so that they can run into the yard area when they like, this will keep outdoor toys out of your path also. The other level can be a place to entertain your friends or just a quiet, restful respite where you can commune with nature or spend time reading your favorite author's new book release.
Utilizing Your Wall Space
Most townhouse decks include privacy fencing, or at least lattice fencing to give you a semblance of having your own private retreat area. Utilize the space on the walls to hang solar lighting, hanging baskets of plants and flowers and climbing vines. You could also use this space to include a wall-mounted water fountain or hang a bird feeder, as suggested by the Landscape Living website.
Using built-in furnishing such as bench seating along the perimeters of your patio, or using built-in planters for your plants and flowers will make the most of your small spaces. Further space can be saved by utilizing the area underneath your seating as a storage area, by having the bottom of the seat lift up to reveal hidden storage compartments.
Make a design of your deck in order to visualize where your patio furnishings should be placed. It is helpful to remember that round tables take up less space and allow more people to be seated. Planters built into corners will use that space wisely. If you have a charcoal or gas grill, position it in the design so that it will not be near any flowers or plants that the hot heat could destroy. You may decide that it needs to be along the outer edge or slightly off center to allow for the best use of your deck space. Designing a layout plan will save you much time in moving heavy pieces of furniture or barbecue grills.