What’s the purpose of a deck? For a lot of homeowners, a deck is a place to gather with friends and have a good time. If you like enjoying adult beverages, having a bar on the patio makes sense. It’s a great place to keep beers cold and show off your cocktail mixing skills. As a deck building company in Massachusetts, we’ve built more than a few patio bars, and have identified these essential elements:
A Place to Mix Drinks: An elevated, flat surface that’s at least a foot wide and a few feet long means you’ll be able to create and serve up beverages easily. It’s a good idea for the bar to be high enough to keep drinks out of the reach of small children. A nice bonus feature: having a built in sink and refrigerator allows you to keep everything clean and as cold as it needs to be. In the mood to be a little extra? An insulated drawer can be ideal for keeping ice on hand for the duration of your party.
Seating: Some homeowners love the classic bar stool to accompany their patio bar, but if you want to keep the whole thing a little more low-key, have your deck building company in Massachusetts hook you up with some built in seating. Comfy seating makes it easier to relax with a glass of wine while the kids are chasing fire flies around the back yard. Smart Moms know you grab a chance to rest whenever you can!
Shade & Screen Porches: If your deck is in the direct sunlight most of the time, it can get uncomfortably hot. Having your deck contractor add a partial roof or awning to create a shady area is a great idea. Screen porches are a great solution when you want to enjoy your cocktail away from biting mosquitoes and other insects.