Ideas for an Outside Deck & Bar

Do you want the feel of a luxury resort in your own backyard? Adding an outdoor bar to your deck is one way to relive that experience. But there's more to it than just adding a table and a cooler. To really capture that outdoor paradise, you should think outside the box. Here are a few ideas to get those creative juices flowing.

Recessed Built-in Bar

There are a multitude of "bar carts" on the market that can get the job done. But to really transform your deck, consider building a recessed bar. This is a fantastic design option in which the back-bar area is stepped down about 24 inches or so below the rest of the deck. This allows you to be eye-level with your seated friends and family as you walk around fixing drinks and fetching sodas.

Wet Bar

Nothing is more convenient than a working sink in your bar. Of course, plumbing can be an expensive upgrade to impose. But there are outdoor sinks available that simply hook up to an ordinary garden hose.

Television Hook-ups

If you've ever run cable in your home to another room, then you know how simple it is. Outfitting your bar with a cable or a satellite TV jack is just as easy. Then, when you have a gathering, bring a TV outside for a quick hookup. Since carrying a small TV outside is as laborious as carrying a case of beer, you should have no problems. Of course, if money is no object, there are weather-resistant televisions on the market that will save you a step.

Build a Pergola

Pergolas are a trellis-work roof supported by columns. They provide your bar with shade from the sun without giving everyone a closed-in feeling . You can also allow climbing plants to grow throughout trellis work for an even greater oasis feel.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans

If your bar area has (or will have) a roof overhead, then install an outdoor ceiling fan. Ceiling fans, which are the trademark of any luxury resort's outdoor bar, give you a constant breeze, and they enhance any deck bar experience. There are many styles available, ranging from wicker to palm leaves.

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Mark Harari writes on the neighborhoods channel for in Baltimore. He has more than 12 years' experience in the construction industry and has participated in over $40 million in Maryland construction projects. He attended Towson University and began writing professionally in 2001.

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