Your deck is a beautiful, comfortable space where you can hold cookouts with friends and family or just relax. But did you know that you can turn your basic deck into a complete outdoor living area? Eagle Creek Siding, LLC is here to show you three basic elements of a good deck design and four decking features that can make it more appealing and beautiful.
The Basic Elements of a Good Deck
A good deck design blends in well with the surrounding environment that is your home. Here are three basic elements that will elevate your deck as well as improve the overall appearance of your home.
Matching what exists – The first and best way to make your deck look like a part of your home is to match it with the current elements you have outside of your house. For instance, your deck’s railing and posts should mimic that of your entry and porch.
Transitions and traffic – Another aspect of a well-designed deck has to do with foot traffic and the transition between the deck and the indoors. Placing your deck next to the kitchen will make moving food and dishes in and out easier. This is a great substitute if you have no space for an outdoor kitchen. If your deck can only be accessed through the living room, however, this may lead to dirty carpets and disruption of TV viewing.
Matching lines – A good deck designer studies the lines of your home and incorporates them into your deck. A home’s lines are defined by vertical items such as chimneys, corners and porch columns, and horizontal items such as eaves, window and door alignments and porch railings. Make sure that your deck’s design is also aligned with your home’s corners and any bump-outs
Unique Decking Features
Basic designs are guidelines for making your home and deck cohesive. However, it doesn’t end there. You can also incorporate your own personality and style into its design. Here are four unique decking features that you’ll surely love.
A curved railing section – A curved railing section delivers the illusion that you have a larger outdoor deck space. This type of decking also proves to be an eye-catching design. It fits along the curve of a deck or balcony.
Outdoor deck kitchen – An element that you’ll surely use a lot is an outdoor kitchen. It can be as simple as a built-in grill and exterior cabinets. Make sure that there are storage spaces as well so you won’t have to go back inside your house for utensils and cooking equipment. If you’re into hosting summer deck parties with your friends and loved ones, this is something worth considering.
Privacy fencing – Having problems with nosy neighbors? If so, you may want to consider a privacy fence. This will help block not only your neighbors’ prying eyes, but also unsightly views and other eyesores. There are several designs that you can choose from to fit your deck’s aesthetics.
Pergola – A pergola is perfect for keeping your summer party outdoors. When it gets too hot – or starts to rain – you don’t need to worry about rushing indoors. Pergolas provide shade and protection from the elements so you can keep your gathering going rain or shine.
Your deck’s design doesn’t have to be generic. You can add a few of your own personal touches to make your deck feel like a part of your house. Eagle Creek Siding, LLC is here to work with you for your decking and exterior remodeling needs. Call us now at (360) 570-0396 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation.