If you’ve leafed through a home and garden magazine lately, you already know that decks are no longer simple platforms built to hold a grill a few plastic chairs. This obviously remains an important use for outdoor decks, but homeowners and designers have taken things to the next level. Outdoor decks are now considered a viable way to increase the functional square footage of a home, and as such, a whole new set of options and amenities have become widely available.
The best part is, enhancing your deck design is not necessarily going to break the bank. Give Deck Guardian a call to learn about any of the following features, and you’ll probably be surprised at how feasible they are.
When you start planning the design of your deck first things to consider are:
- Plan the way you will be using the deck
- Plan the areas of traffic
- Materials you will maintain and enjoy
- Shape and size
- Keep the views open
- Use multiple tiers
- Decks no longer have to be flat! Qualified deck builders are now skilled and experienced at creating decks with multiple levels and tiers, which can add a whole new dynamic to your outdoor deck. Even a different of a foot or less can change the way your deck looks and functions. It’s possible to have one area of the deck for relaxing or exercising, and another for dining or grilling.
- Custom guards and railings
- When you’re designing a deck, keeping your family safe is always a legitimate concern. That’s why it’s important to get the guards and railings just right, in order to enhance safety without compromising the design and appearance of the deck.
Today, many people are paying more attention to the materials and designs of their railings and guards—in other words, seeking designs that are both more functional and more attractive. For instance, have you considered steel cables or banisters for a sleek, industrial look? How about classic-style railings that give a more Victorian feel? Railings can also function as hangers for plants and places to set beverages.
- Consider build in features
- Benches – built-in outdoor seating help define the borders of outdoor rooms and create comfortable seating.Unlike patio furniture these options will not have to be replaced every few years.
- Flower boxes – Deck planters give your deck lots of character and color. You can build built-ins that match your deck materials, or add freestanding planters that you can move and change out as the mood strikes.
- Bars – Whether you plan on having parties on your deck or not a bar can be a great future. You can do something very basic next to you cooking area or develop a bigger idea to enjoy using with your family and friends.
- Outdoor kitchens – If you love to cook outdoors and like interacting with people as you grill, plan an elaborate outdoor kitchen with a counter and several cooking appliances. Perhaps include an eating counter with stools just opposite the cooking area, so people can snack, sample, and offer advice while you cook. If you’d rather keep food prep simple, you may want to make a small alcove off to the side, with just enough room for a grill. Or you may choose to do all your cooking indoors; there’s no law that you have to own a grill.
- Add deck lightning
- Deck lightning helps you enjoy your deck after dark with the subtle glow LED lights .Deck lights provide a soft glow that lights the deck for easier wayfinding. They can be installed into the railing, stair risers or the deck itself making the deck safer at night.
- Add a fireplace
- Why have the fire pit out in the yard when you can build it safely right into your deck design? Many people find this to be a useful feature when it comes to relaxing on cool evenings, and getting more use of the deck when the weather cools down.
In terms of design, there’s no shortage of possibilities. There are bowl or “barrel” designs, cement block installations, and even hybrid fire pits that can be used for baking.
Getting the most out of your deck design
We’ve discussed a few ways in which people are making their new outdoor decks more interesting, but the reality is, there are all kinds of possibilities. Once you see what’s out there, you might have a brand new perspective on what you want to achieve with your deck. Just make sure you pick a qualified, reputable outdoor deck specialist to help you make it a reality!