What… you don’t have a deck? (Hopefully you have friends!)
Surprisingly, it’s not that difficult to build one. Think a big square or rectangle, with posts set in concrete to hold everything steady. (Or build your deck as two intersecting areas — you’ll have space for more than one activity and more visual interest, architecturally speaking.)
One of the easiest ways to make your own deck? Snap-together tiles that rest right on the surface of your yard. DIYPatioDeck.com stocks Deck ‘n Go and Multi-Snap Tile systems, with materials that range from fir, plantation teak and eucalyptus, to porcelain and slate. They’ve even got composite wood tiles made from recycled materials.
These literally snap together to make any size or shape you want. (The photo below shows one possibility.)
The Deck ‘n Go product includes a “Perfect Edge” system, giving you “exact-matched,” professional-looking edging and corners for your patio.
A deck like this can last for years, holding furniture and umbrellas. Or — and this is its beauty — it can put down for one-time celebrations like barbecues, graduations and birthday parties. (I’ve even seen a wooden temporary ‘floor’ for dancing out in the moonlight at a wedding!) Once your party is over, stack the tiles in a convenient corner of your yard for the next event.
You can even move your deck with you if your house is sold. Provided, that is, the new owners don’t want to keep this useful and beautiful feature for themselves.
Cindy Brick is a personal property appraiser, judge and national teacher who loves to write about frugality and other personal finance topics. She has written six books and hundreds of articles, but often focuses on quilting, her teaching specialty. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two golden labs and a flock of very suspicious chickens. Find out more at Brickworks, http://www.cindybrick.com, or visit her personal blog: http://www.cindybrick.blogspot.com