Summer is finally here. If you're going to be tackling some backyard additions, don't forget about the deck. Adding a deck to your backyard will increase the enjoyment you receive from your outdoor get-togethers. Not only that, but it will also increase the value of your home. While you're planning your backyard deck, don't miss out on the opportunity to make it the perfect addition to your home. Here are just four steps you should take that will help you get the most out of your new deck.
Don't Cut Yourself Short on the Size
When it comes to planning a new deck for your backyard, don't make the mistake of cutting yourself short on the size. Once your deck is finished, you'll want it to be large enough to accommodate all the plans you've made – or plan on making.
One way to make sure you design a deck that is large enough to accommodate your needs is to consider things like how many people you plan on entertaining, as well as the items you'll be placing on your deck. For instance, if you plan on placing a hot tub or a fire pit on your deck, you'll want to make sure it's large enough to accommodate those things.
Think Beyond the Basic Deck Use
It's easy to think about the basic uses for a deck, such as relaxing on those summer evenings. However, when you're planning your new deck, you should think beyond those basic uses.
If you're going to be building your deck right off your home, you might want to consider designs that will allow you to use your deck as an outdoor kitchen during those hot summer months. Including a cook station and a shaded area, will provide you with the extra space you'll need during the summer.
Incorporate Your Garden Space
If you enjoy gardening, create a unique landscaping design by including garden space in your deck. Designing your deck with empty spaces between the sections will allow you to add plenty of greenery to your entertainment area. Not only that, but you can plant small umbrella trees to add natural shade and breeze to your deck.
Be Sure to Add Some Extras
While you're designing your deck or working with deck builders to design it for you, don't forget about the little extras that will take your design up to the next level. For instance, if you're going to have steps on your deck, be sure to include built-in lighting features for the path. The lights will make it easier to navigate the steps during nighttime get-togethers.