Backyard decks are often the first, and one of the most popular, home additions for homeowners looking to extend their living space from inside to outside. It’s everyone’s go-to place to relax, reflect, enjoy a cool drink or spend time with friends and family. With patio furniture, container plantings, and even an attached pergola, it can become a five-star getaway.
Like backyard patios, deck designs have evolved over the years to become beautiful, lasting structures that expand your living space. Designs are no longer restricted to the single level rectangles, but have broadened to multi-levels and custom shapes, perfectly incorporated with your home and other outdoor features.
Deck materials have improved in both their look and longevity as well. Cedar decks remain a popular choice for their beauty and high quality. Pressure treated construction is a more cost effective option and can be left rustic-looking or painted. Another option are the newer composite products, which mean that decks no longer need to fade, wear, crack or warp as they age – a significant advantage over wood materials. Intricate designs and patterns are also available in composites for a higher end finish.
With a bit of design and a few accessories, your backyard deck will be complete. Consider how it blends with the architecture of the house and the landscape. Add a heating unit or some beautiful outdoor lighting to your backyard deck, gazebo or pergola and you can extend its use later into the evening and longer in the season.