“All of my favorite memories from when I was a kid center around our family’s deck,” Stephen said. “It was home base for all of the neighborhood kids. We hung out together there. My Mom would barbecue for us – hot dogs and corn on the cob – and we’d eat outside. I don’t think we went indoors all day long. That’s the type of summer I want my kids to have.”
Creating family fun starts with smart deck design. You want a deck you can enjoy – not one that you have to spend all summer cleaning, staining and sealing. That means choosing a deck made out of composite decking. This PVC like material stays strong, colorful and durable through all four seasons of Massachusetts weather. It doesn’t need any maintenance beyond a quick spray with the hose when things start to get a little grungy. Best of all, mold, mildew, insects and animals aren’t interested in composite decking.
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Other features that are essential for the family friendly deck include an outdoor kitchen and a screen room. Outdoor kitchens can run the gamut from the extremely simple – think a designated area for your bbq grill and coolers – to over-the-top sophistication. Built in grills, cooktops and smokers, as well as outdoor refrigerators and sinks, can make preparing exquisite meals for your guest super simple.
Screen rooms are ideal for families who want to enjoy the great outdoors without sunburns or insect bites. This is especially important for families with very young children, elderly family members, or anyone with health issues who needs to be protected from mosquitoes, ticks, and other troublesome insects. Be aware that you can have a screen room built on your porch, or if you already have an existing screen room that you’d like to get more use out of, you can have it converted into a three or four season porch.