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Patio to deck combo - how to furnish etc.

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My patio/deck is south and west facing which has its own set of problems. Terribly hot mid afternoon in the summer. Not in the budget to build a real patio cover with shades. I have used drapes before which worked okay for blocking the sun from the west.

My current problem is how to furnish the combination. I am having the deck boards replaced with composite. Which way should they go, length or width. I will have to intall additional joists to accomodate the composite boards.

The table and chairs are off the kitchen area. Would a round table break up the length of the area? The patio curves on the front. The deck is off the primary bedroom. There's a river and mountain view off the end of the deck so I don't want to obscure that.

Should the pergola be all white?

Recommendations arre greatly appreciated.

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