The outdoor space of your home should be a place where you can go to relax, where you can host friends and family, and where you can have fun and enjoy yourself. When it comes to deck design, the options are limitless to what you can do. So, where do you even begin? Here are eight key considerations for your outdoor deck designs:
1. Deck size
Depending on the dimensions of your outdoor space, you may have more or less freedom to decide the size of your deck. However, regardless of the size of your outdoor space, deck building companies can help you decide on a shape and size for your deck that will enhance your space, making it look and feel more spacious than it really is. Choosing the right size and shape for your deck can make the difference between a fully functional and spacious outdoor space, and a cramped, uncomfortable space.
2. Deck placement
There are different ways to utilize the deck’s placement to your advantage. Some decks run almost flush with the home, giving the impression that the deck is simply an extension of whatever living area is on the other side of the doors. Others descend from the back door via a couple of steps, or a small landing to a main platform. They may even be made up of multiple platforms on different levels which can be furnished to each serve a different purpose. This decision can be dictated by your space limitations and your style preferences.
3. Deck materials
Traditionally, most outdoor deck designs are made of wood. Cedar is a popular choice because it is resistant to rot and it requires little amounts of maintenance. Hardwood, stone, or man-made materials can also be used, as well as PVC, which is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Part of the decision on which material to choose may be based on the maintenance of that material, but may also be influenced by the aesthetic value the material has to offer.
Another decision in outdoor deck designs is whether or not to put a roof over your deck, or over parts of it. On the plus side, you’ll have shade on blisteringly hot days, and it will allow you to be outside when it is raining. However, it will also close off your deck a little to the outside, and could make it feel smaller. The key is choosing the right roof, and the right way to roof the space off to ensure it is enhancing the space.
Deck lighting is another factor to consider. The options for outdoor deck designs are diverse, from lighting that lines the edge of deck, to lighting in the hand rail posts. Lights can be installed in the ceiling of a deck, if there is one, or on the steps leading down off of the deck. Lighting is an important feature that is key in making your outdoor space functional at night, and your choices should be based on how you intend to use your deck.
6. Pool Decks
If your back yard also hosts a pool, you will want your deck to work with it, not against it. Your deck isn’t there just to look pretty. Ideally, its design should provide functionality for you and your family, making it easier to access and use the major features of your backyard – like your pool.
As such, you may want to consider the material you are using for your deck and how you plan to maintain it. Consider that the deck will likely get wet a lot and be subject to any chemicals used in the pool. As well, consider the shape, size, and lighting in particular, and how these features will work with the pool.
Once the deck is built and ready to use, you’ll want to furnish it. A couple of things that are important to note are the climate in which you live, and the space you have to work with. The climate can help you decide which materials will work best – if you live in a place that often has high winds, lighter furniture won’t be a great choice. Ultimately though, the main factor you should focus on when choosing your deck furniture is comfort. After all, that’s what a deck is for, isn’t it?
8. Decorations and plants
The final touch to your outdoor space is going to be any decorations and plants that you add to it. Decorations can include additional lighting – like string lights, art, sculptures, and rugs. You may want to match up your decorations to the furniture you use, and keep a consistent theme throughout. You may also choose to decorate with potted plants and flowers or herbs, that will brighten up the space. The pots you choose, and even the types of plants you choose can help add to the aesthetic of your space.