Summer is almost here!
You are probably ready for the relaxing evenings outside with friends and family that come with the change of season – but is your deck? Decks are very versatile outdoor areas that can act as an additional room in your home for both entertaining and living. A well-planned deck can increase a home’s value and usable space, especially in the warm, summer months. As the amount of time spent on a home’s deck peaks during the summer, make sure you are tailoring your deck to your needs to maximize both usability and functionality. A few simple and easy changes can do just that!
One of the most important ways to make your outside deck have the feeling of an inside room is to increase privacy. Whether in a busy, suburban neighborhood or a more secluded area, privacy greatly enhances the value of a deck. Building an overhead pergola, a side trellis or adding an awning creates shade while also providing a means of seclusion from surrounding neighbors and noises. For a more natural barrier, place large, big leaved or bushy, potted plants around the perimeter of the deck. This option creates an aesthetic yet functional look. By adding elements similar to a ceiling and walls to boost a sense of privacy, a deck truly feels like an interior room with all the perks of outside.
Lights can also increase usability and functionality of a deck. Outdoor rooms used for relaxation and entertaining can be lit in a similar way to indoor ones with low-level lamps. For a more fun effect, a string of lights which could hang from above or from the railing will provide a similar low-level light with less intensity. Being able to use your deck day or night enhances the space.
One of the best features of an outdoor deck is its potential utility. A deck can double as a living room, eating area, and kitchen. Designate an area of your deck as a living space with couches outfitted with comfy cushions, pillows and a rug in outdoor fabrics. Doing so will allow for a place for casual conversation, reading or entertaining friends – day or night. Easily make another part an outside kitchen with a grill. With Father’s Day just around the corner, there is no greater way to celebrate Dad than grilling out on a nice Sunday evening. Accompany your new kitchen with an outside eating area. An outside table allows you to sit with family and friends to enjoy a grilled dinner or enjoy a cup of coffee and newspaper outside in the early morning.
These simple additions to your deck easily create a summertime space for any use.