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Party on the Patio


Spring has sprung, and summer is not far behind. For me, there’s nothing better than grilling and relaxing on the patio when the weather is nice. A small grill and a picnic table might be all you need. But there’s so much more that you can do if you really want to party on the patio!

MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. To create a full outdoor sound system, you’ll need enough speakers to adequately cover your listening area. Depending on your space, you might opt for traditional speakers, wireless speakers or outdoor speakers that look like part of the landscape. My favorite portable, wireless option is the SONOS smart speaker system, which uses your home’s Wi-Fi to stream music inside and outside.

TAKE IN A MOVIE. If you’re passionate about both enjoying the great outdoors and watching your favorite shows, consider investing in a weatherproof outdoor television, which will allow you to do both at the same time! Manufacturers like SunBrite and SkyVue make LCD televisions up to 80 inches that are ensconced in housings designed to keep the elements out and temperatures within normal operating range. However, you should be prepared to pay a premium price of $2,000 or more for a a quality model, plus the cost of installation.

LET THERE BE LIGHTING. Patio lighting is all about creating atmosphere. Encourage your guests to relax by using subtle “downlighting” attached to trees, aiming the lighting down through the foliage to create a moonlit effect. If you don’t have mature trees but you do have a pergola, the ceiling can support many different outdoor lighting options. Looking for easy lighting for a last-minute party? Wrap rope lights around beams or columns, string globe lights or add either flameless candles or LED portable lanterns for a little ambiance.

PERHAPS A PERGOLA. Pergolas are great for larger backyards, decks and patios when you want to break up outdoor living spaces. Having an outdoor pergola structure can add more dimension to your patio or deck. Years ago, I wanted a screened porch but didn’t have the budget, so I added a pergola instead, to provide both dimension and protection from the sun to my outdoor living area. Pergolas are perfect to add shade and style to either a deck or patio, since they come in a variety of sizes, materials and designs.

HEAT UP THE NIGHT. When the sun goes down, extend the use of your patio into the evening with a fire pit. The four most popular fire pit types are wood burning, propane, gel fuel and natural gas, available as portable, temporary and permanent structures. One of the best gifts I’ve ever given someone was a portable, wood burning, natural rust patina fire pit with a cut out logo of their favorite NCAA team. The patina finish ages beautifully and the pit is perfect for tailgating or a night on the patio. Discover the wide selection of fire pits at Bon Air Hearth and Patio.

RELAX AND SIT A SPELL. Why entertain inside when you can bring the indoors out? Adding an outdoor living area can broaden your home entertaining options and create beautiful memories for years to come. Whether you’re scoping out the market for a new outdoor dining set or for cozy seating, make sure to choose weather-proof or indoor/outdoor fabric, such as Sunbrella®, to extend the life of your outdoor furniture, prevent water and sun damage, as well as mold and mildew. Shop for patio furniture at Bon Air Hearth and Patio.

NOW YOU’RE COOKIN’. Backyard grilling is an American tradition that summons us outside. If you’re looking for something more than a basic grill, consider one of these popular outdoor kitchen options:

  • Kitchen Kits – Prefabricated kitchen islands that normally include a grill, some counter space, and a variety of add-ons like storage or a freezer. Price range: $3,000 to $10,000.
  • Modular Outdoor Kitchens – A mix-and-match kitchen approach where each pre-made modular piece is combined to create a complete kitchen. Price range: $5,000-$15,000.
  • Custom Built-In Outdoor Kitchens – Built on-site by a professional landscape company, these kitchens allow you to choose materials that coordinate with your existing patio or can be incorporated into a larger landscape design. Price range: $15,000 to $60,000.

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