While we don’t have a crystal ball, you don’t need to be a fortune teller to know that for most families, summer travel plans are going to be curtailed. There’s just a lot going on right now, from COVID-19, economic events, and other factors that make family travel seem not the best idea ever.
That doesn’t mean you have to forgo the summer fun. If you’re going to be hanging out in the neighborhood, you want to have a fantastic deck to serve as your family’s base of operations. We talked to your Hopkinton deck builders, and here’s what they recommend as must have features:
The Outdoor Kitchen
What’s everyone’s favorite summer time feast? Burgers and dogs on the grill are a top choice. Make barbecues fun and simple with a great outdoor kitchen. Your Hopkinton deck contractor can integrate an outdoor kitchen into your new deck design, or you can have an outdoor kitchen built on a floating deck – this hot new trend allows families to get maximum enjoyment from their yard for minimal expense.
The Screen Room
While everyone’s freaking out about COVID-19, let’s not forget that soon we’ll have mosquitoes and ticks adding their diseased bites to the mix. If you’re worried about Lyme Disease, West Nile Disease or any of the other insect-borne illnesses that are prevalent in the Hopkinton area during the spring and summer, you’ll appreciate the restful retreat a screen room offers. No bites + shade = a winning combination for kids, pets, and many adults!
The Fire Feature
For the ultimate in relaxing summer entertainment, gather with your favorite people around a nice fire. Kids love toasting marshmallows, and after bedtime, it’s nice to watch the flames while enjoying adult beverages. Fire features for the deck can be built in, or free-standing that sit on the surface of the deck. There are advantages to each style: talk to your Hopkinton deck builder for details.