The temperatures are rising, and no doubt you're starting to plan your summer. But when you think about your current yard, is something missing? If you don't have a deck, your perfect vision of backyard social gatherings may be incomplete. Now is the perfect time to get started so you can get outside this summer with a new deck.
Whether your home is a split level, a ranch-style, a two-story with a true basement, or any other configuration, you can build a deck that looks great but is useful too. Let's consider some decking options that will be sure to make your summer entertaining dreams come true.
New deck construction
If you don't already have a deck at your home, you are missing out. A new deck means you get to start from scratch and choose every detail to fit your liking. If you have been thinking about building a new deck on your home, there are a variety of options you can choose from.
If you want to go big, a multi-layer deck with stairs and separate entertainment areas will really add a wow factor to your home and yard. With a multi-level deck, you can have defined areas for different uses. You can designate one section as a cozy seating area with a firepit, while another could have a grill and eating area, and yet another could have fun porch games. Ask your builder how you can best take advantage of multiple tiers that connect to create a recreational paradise.
A big, wrap-around deck is a classic and timeless style. While not an option for every type of home, a wrap-around deck provides ample space for entertaining, storage, and other uses. All you need is some comfortable seating and a beautiful table, and you can enjoy endless hours with your family on your new deck.
If your home is split level, you can design a deck with stairs, where the main section of the deck attaches to the upper level of the house. In many split-level homes, the kitchen is on the upper level. With a deck attached to this floor, you can easily go from your kitchen to the deck with food or drinks. This makes entertaining a breeze!
Having a second-level deck has the bonus effect of creating a shaded area underneath the deck. Whether you opt to use this area for storage or put some nice pavers down to use this as another entertainment area, this deck layout gives you extra usable space.
If you already have a deck, you might be thinking about giving it a fresh facelift for the summer. Perhaps the entire deck doesn't need a redo, but some updated deck railing could really enhance the look of your deck. A new railing can also add valuable safety and security. Whether you want a more modern look for your railings or prefer the classic or traditional wood railings, replacing this part of your deck is an affordable way to refresh the whole look of your deck and home.
A fantastic way to update your deck is with new maintenance-free decking. A skilled contractor can remove the existing decking and install new maintenance-free decking. This will breathe new life into your existing deck and also make the structure maintenance-free. You'll be able to spend more time each summer enjoying your deck and less time worrying about power washing, sanding, and staining your old deck.
Giving your deck a facelift doesn't just mean updating the wood already in use. You may opt for changes in style and function if you're going to take the time, effort, and funds for a facelift. If your deck is small and relatively unusable, you can create more space by expanding your deck to include an area to entertain or eat. If your deck is at a safe level, consider a style or design with no railings. These can feel open and inviting to your yard, which is perfect for an active family.
A screen porch attached to an open deck is an excellent way to have the safety of an enclosed space, but the square footage of an open area to entertain friends and family. Choosing an extended porch that leads out from the screened-in section allows for lots of space to enjoy the outdoors. A screen porch is a fantastic way to enjoy your deck, whatever the weather may be, as it protects you and your belongings from bugs and rain. Regardless of the weather, you'll be dry and bug-free.
If you already have a deck, converting your uncovered deck to a screened-in porch can increase the value of your home. In fact, on average, you can expect about an 84% return on your investment for a screened room addition! That's because while a deck can only be used if the weather permits, a screen room is more versatile and appealing.
If you want to enjoy your deck even when the weather isn't so warm, such as fall through winter and early spring, a four-season room is the way to go. A four-season room will add usable space to your home, as well as more natural light. If you create an energy-efficient room, it will even add space without adding costs to your utility bills.
A four-season room can be on the ground level or raised. If your kitchen and main entertainment areas are on an upper floor, adding a four-season room that is even with them will create ease of access and ensure you get more use out of the deck. The real beauty of a four-season room is that you can use it during the winter months when you are going stir crazy inside with bad weather outside.
Do you have a sloped yard that's been keeping you from enjoying your outdoor space? No worries, you can still have a deck! Building a deck on a slope can be tricky, which is why you should always hire a licensed, insured professional like those recommended by TrustDALE. While many decks aren't built on slopes, sometimes you don't have a choice if your house or building is already located on a slope.
You can't really enjoy a sloping yard by itself, since grilling or sitting on chairs is nearly impossible, but adding a deck to your property can help you use that space effectively. Your family will surely enjoy reclaiming that space and spending time in this new area.
If you don't have a deck at all, maybe this is the year to build one yourself or have one built for you. Even a small square 10 ft. by 10 ft. deck can add a lot of value to your home and provide a much-needed retreat and escape from the noise in the house. Whether you are building a new deck or upgrading an older one, a nice deck will absolutely add value to your home. Multiple studies have estimated that the ROI for patios and decks can exceed 100% based on the size and materials used! You can be satisfied that your investment is well worth it.
Getting started on your deck project
There's a lot you can do with a deck, whether you're ready for a full-on new project or overhauling an existing deck for summer. Working with a qualified professional will help you create visual flow between your home and yard and ensure you select the best materials. And when you use a TrustDALE certified professional, you're always protected by Dale's trademark $10,000 Make-It-Right™ Guarantee. Reach out today!