Dream Decks Done Right
Designing your dream deck is a thrilling endeavor but it can be quite intimidating for those who’ve never done it before. The first thing you need to do is take stock of how you intend to use your new deck and what features fit your lifestyle.
If your thinking about building a new deck or renovating an existing deck, here are some things to keep in mind:
Your Dream Deck Should Complement Your Home’s Exterior
Consider your dream deck as an extension of your home. Keep an eye out for elements missing from the main house that would make sense outside. For instance, if you enjoy cooking and have long desired a flat top grill, an outdoor deck would be a great location to add one. If you’ve been longing for a built in bar, the new deck might just be the perfect spot.
Select thoughtful designs
Apart from selecting deck designs that are practical and aesthetically pleasing, it’s important the space be functional.
Incorporating sitting areas for relaxation, adding custom built-ins for added storage, and avoiding wide railings that might block or distract from the natural beauty of the environment are important things to consider.
Location, Location, Location
The location of the outdoor living space is an important consideration that many people overlook. Generally, the deck should be as close to the interior kitchen as possible to make for easy entertaining and allow you to transport food, plates, and other supplies outside with ease.
If you don't have direct access to your kitchen from the deck area, consider putting in a window or cutting in a door for added convenience.
Seasonal or Year Round Options
One of the most important things to think about when choosing your dream deck is how best to use the space comfortably year-round. A fireplace feature will undoubtedly keep you warm during cooler months. A screened in option will keep the bugs away in the summer, and an awning would be beneficial if you live in a moist climate where it rains frequently. Subtle features can add a lasting impact to the overall comfort and usability of your deck.
If this is the year that you finally build your dream deck, you have many design options and trends to choose from. However, with some preparation and thoughtfulness, you can turn a simple project into a stunning environment that you'll love and enjoy for years to come.