When you love the outdoors, no home improvement project can be as exciting than building a new deck. Not only is it an outdoor extension of your living space, it also ups the resale value of your home.
In fact, you could net as much as 80% of your new deck investment which almost pays for itself!
So, when you’re designing a deck, you want to make sure you design it and build it right the first time. To not only get the most bang for your buck but to ensure you get 100% use and enjoyment out of it.
To start you off on the right foot, let’s look at 7 tips for designing a deck that you’ll love for years to come.
1. Get Inspiration
Taking that first step toward planning a new deck is exciting but it can also seem overwhelming. With so many choices, materials, and design directions to go in, it’s hard to know how to get started.
That’s when you need inspiration.
Take to the internet. Look up deck designs. Start to get an idea of what you like and what you don’t like.
It’s also the perfect opportunity to talk to your designer and landscape architect. They can bring ideas to the table that you may have never thought of before. Look through their portfolio and see what design elements stand out to you.
2. Plan for the Way You Live
For your perfect deck design, you need to think about how you will use the space.
Do you love to cook and entertain? Then planning on an outdoor kitchen and party space may be right up your alley.
Or maybe you want more of a relaxing outdoor escape. A deck with an outdoor fireplace, a garden, and lounging area may be more to your liking.
No matter how you intend to use the deck, it’s important to plan it according to your lifestyle and the way you want to use it. Otherwise, it becomes wasted space, not to mention wasted money.
Get the whole family involved in the planning. To get more bang for your buck, your deck should include something for everyone.
3. Think About Traffic and Space
Once you know how you want to use your deck, you need to make sure you have enough space to carry out these activities without any problem. The last thing you want is to build an area for outdoor parties only to find it’s not big enough to hold everyone.
Think about different sections of your deck as different rooms.
Will you have furniture in these spaces? How will you set it up? Will there be enough room for people to move around and mingle?
Space planning is key to ensuring you can use your deck comfortably and in the way you intended.
4. Use Materials That Work for You
Luckily, there are so many different options and materials for you to build your deck from. It can seem like the sky is the limit.
Unfortunately, this can also seem overwhelming. But before it seems to be too much, stop and think about what you need.
You’ll first want to narrow it down by looking at what materials fit into your budget.
Next, think about the kind of maintenance you’re willing to put into it. Are you ok with re-sealing and re-staining every so often? Or is maintenance-free more your style?
You then need to consider how you will use the deck. If it’s near a pool, you’ll need a non-slip surface. If there will be a lot of foot traffic, shop materials that will hold up well to the wear and tear.
5. Think Outside the Box
Decks of the past used to be basic rectangles. There wasn’t much detour from the boxy design. But now it’s time to think outside the box.
Deck designs with angles and curves give more visual appeal and a desirable custom look. It can also add value to your home’s bottom line.
Even though there’s nothing wrong with a rectangle, consider designing a deck that flows with the curves of your house and yard more. Make certain “rooms” of your deck are bigger or smaller with angles.
6. Designing a Deck with a View
An important aspect of a deck that most people forget to factor into planning is the view. And not just the view from the deck. But also how the deck looks from inside the house or around the yard.
Walk the space that you will be building on. Look to see what you and your guests will be looking at from the deck. It might be a good time to plan some extra landscaping if your yard is a bit on the plain side.
Then go into your house and look out the windows that will have views of the deck. Note the angles. Then make sure no railing or furniture will block any view that you don’t want it to.
Because not only do you want to enjoy using the deck itself, you want it to be an attractive feature of your home, no matter where you are.
7. Finishing Touches Are Important
You wouldn’t finish decorating a room in your house without adding accessories and finishing touches. And you should give the same treatment to your deck.
Finishing touches such as pergolas, lighting, and flower boxes can give a deck the “finished” look you’re after. Furniture and outdoor rugs will also define different areas of the space.
And to help transition the deck into the yard itself, consider laying pavers, brick, or stone. Not only will it look great and pulled together, it will be a better transition than simply stepping off the deck straight onto the grassy area.
Using These Tips Can Make Designing a Deck Fun
Having the outdoor space of your dreams is the ultimate goal here. And when you know the best way of designing a deck, the planning process can be just as fun as the finished product itself!
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