It is well known that a well-designed deck can significantly improve the visual appeal of your house and you must choose it wisely. No matter how big (or small) your house is, there is always a perfect deck. From wood and stone decks to luxurious ones (pool deck for example) there will always be the one that will be all right for your budget. There are few things you should consider when planning a dreamy backyard – how many times will you spend outside actually using it, do you have pets, kids, climate, etc. Keep in mind that some decks will require more maintenance than others (once a year you should repaint, and check is there any rot, loose nails, or cracking paint or any additional damage). There are so many things you can do with your deck and here are some creative, modern ideas to help you get started.
1. Ceramic tiles
For thousands of years, people are using ceramic tiles to make impressive outdoor and indoor designs. If you have visited Italy you may notice that exterior tiles (a few centuries old) are in perfect condition. If you want a material that is durable this one is what you have been searching for. Nowadays there are even tiles that can be used in regions with sub-freezing temperatures. They have ” vitreous”, “freeze-thaw stable” or frost-free” label on them. Make sure that you have bought the ones that are recommended for outdoor use.
2. Isolated deck
An isolated, floating, or detached deck is a simple, ground-level deck. The best thing is that is easy and fast to build. Sometimes you can finish this project in just one or two days. Usually, decks are attached to the house, but this is not the case – you can place it anywhere in the yard.
3. Deck over a concrete patio
Are you bored watching the same old concrete patio in your backyard? You can save a lot of time and money if you build a simple deck on it. If there are some damages in the concrete they must be fixed first. You will need simple tools. In general covering by itself will take 10-15 days and the cost depends on the material you choose.
4. Screened porch
This kind of deck will require a lot of time and work, but you won’t regret it in the end. You won’t have to worry about bugs in the summer, or snow in the winter. Enjoy your privacy even on rainy days. Furniture that you are using inside the porch doesn’t even need to be 100% waterproof, and because of this, you will save some money too. You can also build a screened deck over the existing deck. Furthermore, your living space will be expanded – you will have a new place where you can read a book and your lunch can become a picnic in a second.
Are your guests hungry? Then it’s time for some grilling! Grillzebo is a gazebo modified especially for bbq lovers. It is easy to build and it will protect the grill from direct sunlight, rain, or snow. It should provide you with enough space for food, and dishes too. This small outdoor kitchen can be customized by adding build-in coolers or wine glass racks.
6. Deck with gazebo
Adding a gazebo to your deck can be the right choice for many reasons. In the first place you should decide which style of gazebo you want, but in general should be similar to the style of your home. This permanent and durable structure will become place where your family and friends will gather often to enjoy outdoors. Additionally, you can make your gazebo screened to make yourself protected from bugs and rain.
Not only are pergolas an attractive feature for the deck, but they are also really useful and they will keep you from overheating even in the hottest summer days. By adding drapes or screens you can create some privacy. Pergola is perfect for plants such as wisteria and different varieties of climbing flowers. Grapevines can create an astonishing natural ceiling. Pergola can be combined with other deck structures, and they can be made out of different materials which makes them quite affordable (on market there are some even for the modest budget). You can make it by yourself, or you can purchase a kit from some of the specialized stores.
8. Classic wood and stone deck
The combination of wood and stone is the oldest traditional combination of materials and it pairs together perfectly. This combination looks natural and can last for years. There is almost no maintenance needed as well. If you buy material from a reliable supplier you can expect that this outdoor oasis will last for more than 30 years.
9. Stone deck
Stone never goes out of style, and it is a great alternative to wood deck. It is easy to repair, waterproof, and eco-friendly. If you want to find out more about other eco-friendly materials read more here.
Some are bbq greaseproof, animal scratch proof and can stay cool in the sun. Stones are available in many different shapes and colors. The colors of stone will always stay the same, it won’t fade away after direct exposure to sunlight like some other decking materials. On the other hand, having this kind of deck can be quite expensive and the installation process can not be done by you. You will need to hire an experienced professional. If you choose the stone decking you will enjoy it for many years (some even say lifetime)!
10. Wrap around deck
Wrap around deck has a charming, old fashioned, romantic look. It can be larger or smaller and it is usually slightly elevated. One day if you decide to sell your home this kind of deck will attract more buyers.
11. Swimming pool deck
Last but not least is the luxurious, always cool-looking swimming pool deck. It is important to choose the right material – it shouldn’t be slippery when it gets wet, and it should be smooth enough to not hurt swimmers, and also resistant to algae, mold, and frost. Some other structures and decorations as waterfalls can be added too.
In conclusion, building a deck in your yard is a good investment and there you will make a lot of memories with your family at the end of a long stressful day.