When it comes to building a deck or patio, you want to keep two words in mind – comfort and functionality. Your deck or patio needs to be large enough to accommodate your needs. Before your deck or patio is built, decide how it will be used.
- Space large enough for outdoor furniture and a barbecue grill where you and your family can relax and enjoy the outdoors
- Large deck that will accommodate numerous people during parties and outdoor gatherings
- Small intimate space for reading or relaxing
- Deck or patio that will offer privacy from neighbors and noise
- Safe design for small children and pets
Regardless of the purpose, most people want privacy and space without feeling as though they are confined. A great example would be if you live in an area where the homes are close together and the neighborhood tends to be noisy. Building a deck or patio with a dividing partition would be ideal. You want balance in design, size, and even materials. If your home is contemporary in style, a redwood deck would look out of place, just as a modern, geometrical deck would look funny built onto a Cape Cod. If your home is built from brick, incorporate some brick into the design. The same would be true if your home were constructed of wood or adobe. You want to have the deck or patio built with materials that will compliment your home and not look like a separate entity.
Other considerations include the landscaping, which is actually an important part of the complete look. The area needs to be aesthetically pleasing and if your deck or patio will be in direct sunlight, you might consider plants and trees that can provide nice afternoon shade. Using different types of climbing ivy, you can create a beautiful appearance on the partition or railing. Remember, you want your deck or patio to be a place of relaxation and tranquility, a place to escape from your busy day at the office or school.
Be sure to work with a builder that knows all the up to date codes and safe materials to use. For patios, some of the materials used for flooring can create a slick surface during rain, and some woods can splinter. Believe it or not, there is a right way up to install deck boards. Additionally, proper lighting needs to be considered to ensure people can see the steps going down into the yard. Safety is always a number one priority no matter what type of deck or patio you have built. If you have concerns that your home has no space for an addition, you would be surprised at the many available options. A flat is the perfect type of home for a wraparound deck or patio, providing functionality, roomy space, and making your entire home an appearance of being larger. If you have a yard that has sloping, building a detached deck or patio is ideal. This allows you to make the most out of difficult terrain while still enjoying a place of retreat. Even a home without adequate yard space can accommodate a deck or patio by having it built on top of the garage or house. Whatever design you go with, you want your deck or patio to lure people outdoors. You want this area to be inviting and comfortable. By adding French doors, potted plants, ornate railings, built-in seating, and even a nice, gentle flowing fountain will make your deck or patio extra special.