If your home is missing an outdoor deck – and if you’re thinking about rectifying the situation with a new deck – you’re probably thinking ahead to the results. Long summer nights with friends, sitting in comfortable chairs and sharing good food and drink. Perhaps you’re thinking about morning coffee on the deck, or stretching out during a nice morning yoga or Pilates session. There are a hundred great uses for a new outdoor deck, and you might be looking ahead to all of them.
But not so fast. Have you really stopped and considered all of the different features, amenities and designs that are available for your outdoor deck? Once it’s built, it’s much more difficult (if not impossible) to make certain modifications. The importance of getting the design you want – before the deck is actually built – can hardly be overstated. Here are three features you should consider for your outdoor deck before you finalize your design plans.
1. Multiple tiers
It’s amazing what multiple tiers can do for the appearance and even functionality of your new outdoor deck. It’s a feature that many homeowners don’t consider, either because they worry it won’t be done tastefully or because they don’t understand the structure and aesthetic benefits – but multiple tiers truly can create a more dynamic and appealing outdoor addition to your property. It’s also possible to “delineate” different areas for your deck, such as an area for exercise and another for entertaining. Now that’s a valuable use of square footage!
2. A built-in fireplace
Built-in fireplaces are huge in outdoor decking right now – and for good reason. They’re relatively simple and affordable, yet they give any deck a super-luxurious look and feel. Built-in fireplaces are also great for long summer nights under the stars – without having to sit in the wet grass!
3. Powder-coated railings
Powder coating is a chemical process that add years of life and functionality to your deck’s railings. Like composite deck materials, powder coating is one of those things that more and more homeowners are learning about every year. Longevity is the main thing – powder coated railings can easily last a decade or more without any need for maintenance. But many homeowners also love the appearance and texture of powder coating.
The right advice from the right professionals
It can be difficult to know where to start if you’re just beginning your search for a quality outdoor deck builder. Depending on your location, you might find dozens of companies in your area. But they won’t all have the same level of experience, skill, and customer service. All three of these elements are crucial if you’re going to have the final result you want. A competitive bid is the other important factor – and hopefully the most reputable deck builder will also offer you the lower price. If this isn’t the case, it’s worth considering the reputability and experience level of the lowest bidder. Sometimes, saving a few dollars up front is actually the more costly approach when you look at the bigger picture.