No matter how large your home, sometimes you just need a little more living space. Adding a large deck or patio to your home gives you the room you need and provides a comfortable way to enjoy the outdoors. Follow these tips to turn your new outdoor space into your favorite hangout.
One-level decks and patios certainly increase your living space, but why stop at just one level? A multi-level deck or patio expands your entertainment area substantially and allows you to create separate living areas. Designate one level of the deck or patio as the cooking area, complete with high-end grill, sink, mini refrigerator and tables. Make another level a seating area with plenty of comfortable built-in seating. Yet another level might feature an outdoor bar area with a large-screen TV for movie nights.
Install a pergola, a wooden structure that features an open roof with horizontal beams, to provide shade for your deck or patio, or add a large shade sail to create the perfect spot to escape the midday sun. Rails and steps not only connect patio or deck levels, but can also be used to add architectural interest, depending on the style you choose.
Choose Attractive and Durable Deck and Patio Materials
The materials you choose for your deck or patio remodeling project should withstand the elements, as well as general wear and tear. These materials are popular for deck and patio construction:
- Pressure-Treated Lumber: Using pressure-treated lumber is an inexpensive way to add a deck to your home, but it does have several drawbacks: the material tends to crack and warp and must be re-stained every few years.
- Redwood or Cedar: Redwood and cedar decks are very durable and never need to be stained. You’ll only need to add a coat of clear wood preservative to maintain their natural color. Oils and tannins in the wood make them resistant to insect damage and rot.
- Tropical Hardwoods: Tropical hardwoods, such as cumaru, tigerwood and ipe, are a good choice if you want a deck that’s a little out of the ordinary. These exotic woods are resistant to insects and rot and are a good choice if you really want your deck to stand out.
- Composite Decking: Composite decking combines wood fibers and recycled plastic to create a product that is weather-resistant and doesn’t stain, crack or rot. You’ll be able to tell it’s not real wood if you look closely enough, but if you want a deck that never needs staining, it’s a great choice.
- Pavers: Pavers are uniformly thick, making them easy to install. Pavers are a good option for patios and walkways and can be installed in a variety of shapes and patterns.
- Natural Stone: Flagstone, limestone, slate and bluestone are popular natural stone patio choices that can complement your landscaping beautifully. Because the stones come in varying thicknesses, however, it takes longer to install a patio or walkway with this type of material.
- Stacked Stone: Stacked stone is the perfect choice for fireplaces, fire pits, retaining walls and raised patio foundations. The stone is available in a variety of sizes and colors.
Open It Up
Gliding or French doors help bring the outside in and provide convenient access to your new deck or patio. If you want the true indoor/outdoor experience, install hinged doors, which will cover one wall of your home and can open completely to the outdoors. No matter what type of doors or windows you choose, adding unobtrusive or retractable screens will keep insects from invading your home.
When you’re ready to begin your custom home remodeling project in Chester Springs, Paoli or the areas nearby, let us know. We’ll help you create an outdoor living space that will transform your yard.
Popular Mechanics: Your Ultimate Guide to the 5 Materials That Make a Modern Deck http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/how-to/a3490/4275113/
HGTV: Choosing Materials for Your Patio http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/outdoors/choosing-materials-for-your-patio