The Best Decks for Your Outdoor Space
Get Decked Out
As you begin thinking about how to enhance your outdoor living space this year, why not consider revamping your current deck or starting from scratch? With so many options to choose from, you and your family will have a blast planning (and possibly building!) this newest addition to your home.
Houses, lawns, and gardens come in all shapes and sizes, which is why there is no “one size fits all” deck design. When considering the layout that will work best for your home and yard, you’ll have to make several tough decisions based on the size of your yard, the scope of your project, and – perhaps most importantly – your budget. Don’t forget to pay special attention to those special touches that will make your outdoor space completely unique.
In our latest article, the Weed Man team takes a close look at several of the most important factors that go in to choosing the perfect deck for your yard. Read on below:
The number of levels you include in your deck design will depend on your design preferences and entry points into your home. For example, if you want your deck to begin off of the master bedroom, then a multi-level deck might be the most practical use of space. You can begin with a small landing right outside of the bedroom, using a staircase to connect to a larger entertaining space below.
If you are simply looking for an outdoor eating space off of the kitchen or family room, then a single level, low-lying deck might be more up your alley. Keep in mind that an extra step or two leading onto the grass or stone patio will ensure proper safety.
An open-air deck isn’t for everyone. For many, shade is an absolute must in the heat of the summer, particularly when little ones are involved. Weed Man recommends utilizing a retractable fabric canopy, which looks phenomenal and provides ample shade coverage. Another popular option is a pergola. In addition to blocking out the majority of the sun’s rays, these built-in structures provide countless opportunities for outdoor décor. You’ll be able to add some extra pizzazz to your deck by adorning the pergola with twinkle lights, patio lanterns, or hanging planters.
No matter the size or layout of your deck, adding a few items of flair to the design can make a major statement.
Railings. Many homeowners opt for railings to create an eye-catching border around the deck’s perimeter. Common materials include wood, fiberglass, iron, and plastic.
Deck lighting can be a real show-stopper. Mount solar light caps onto your deck posts, or have water-safe floor lights put in. The effect can be visually stunning when night rolls around.
Wooden planters make a great addition to any outdoor space and are generally very cost-effective. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to brighten up your deck using your favorite flowers.
Need more privacy? No problem! Simply accessorize your deck with privacy shutters that can be opened as needed.
Your deck should be as unique as you are. Whether you’re building one yourself or using an outdoor company, don’t be afraid to get creative this season!
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