When planning a new deck, one of your first questions should always be, "What do we want this deck for?" How will you be using it? What role will it play when it comes to entertainment or social activities? If you can answer these questions, you'll have a good idea of what kind of deck will fit your home and lifestyle. In our blog series on building a new deck, it's time to talk about the basics. Let's look at a few common deck functions around the home.
Using a Deck for Parties
Many homeowners have visions of holding parties, barbeques, dinners and grilling sessions out on a beautiful deck. That's great! Make sure the deck is close to the kitchen or dining room for supplies. Installing an open bar and fireplace is also a good idea, but you want connections to water lines or gas lines, which can limit where you place the deck. Make sure there is plenty of table space and deck counters where people can put food or drinks. Seating is also important, since eating while standing can get a little awkward.
The Relaxing/Reading Deck
This is a more private deck where you enjoy a good book, unwind after a long day of work, or maybe take a nap over the weekend. Small, railed decks work well for this, especially if you can build them in a cozy spot off your bedroom. Shade is particularly important for these days, especially in hotter climates where you usually want to avoid direct sun, so remember to install an awning if necessary. Build or find a comfortable lounge chair, and your private haven is complete.
Creating a Space to Enjoy the Backyard
These decks are for those who love to enjoy their lawns, water features, and wildlife up close. If you want to appreciate the masterpiece of a backyard that you have worked on, focus on large decks that embrace open air and sunlight, with seating facing outward where possible. You may want to consider a detaching deck as part of a gazebo renovation for particularly large gardens.
Building a Deck Around Your Pool or Spa
These decks are pretty self-explanatory! A beautiful deck around a pool or spa may be just what you want. However, maintenance and safety are very important. Remember to include padding and traction around the pool so it's safe to get in and out without worry about slipping. You also want a carefully sanded and sealed deck to avoid the possibility of splinters. Extra outside railings for towels and clothes help too!
Incorporating the Deck Into Your Gardening
If you love the idea of your deck being part of the garden experience, plan on a broad deck with plenty of room for racks and pots, both in the sun and the shade so that you can grow a variety of plants here. You may also want steps to lead down into a garden or near flower beds for easy access.
Still thinking about the perfect deck for your home? We can help! Contact us at Owens Construction to schedule a consultation so we can talk about how to make the right decisions. Make sure to subscribe to our blog to get part four of our blog series sent to your inbox.