Decks continue to be a great outdoor setting for homeowners to enjoy. As you’ve probably seen from online inspiration and home magazines, decks are a versatile home addition that can quickly transform the feel and function of an outdoor living area with a few considerations. Let’s take a look at some deck designs, trends, and other considerations for Maryland homes. Completing construction on this structure can take anywhere from one to three weeks, depending on your project specifications and contractor experience. So, it’s not too late to make this valuable investment to your property this season!
Wood or Composite?
Building this home improvement investment piece starts with selecting your materials. Many homeowners tend to choose between treated wood and composite decking materials. You should take care to research the pros and cons thoroughly before making your purchasing decision. The idea and affordability of a real wood deck may be preferred by most, but the expensive required maintenance and shorter lifespan are cause for contemplation. Comparatively, today’s composite decks offer attractive design options in more modern variations, while its higher upfront costs for construction are off-set by low-maintenance and lasting good looks.
The practical shapes for decks are usually square or rectangular, as decks serve as an extension that runs perpendicular to the home exterior. Over the years, home builders and owners alike have become creative with the shapes and configuration for decks. It’s not unusual to see triangular or semi-circle shaped decks, multi-level decks and decks joining patio areas. For Marylanders that own waterfront properties, floating decks in varying shapes are just as in demand.
Furnish with Purpose
To get the most use out of your deck, furnish it with the pieces that convey its purpose. If you envision your deck as a place for barbecues and company, add a grill along with table and seating for hosting your summer feasts. To make your outdoor living space feel like a natural extension of your indoor space, decorate and furnish accordingly with colorful and statement pieces. Keep the area cool and even bug-free by adding an awning system or using a screened-in porch installation on the deck. Often folks consider adding an outdoor fireplace for the cooler months to enjoy the area year round.
An outdoor lighting system creates ambiance and provides safety benefits. Lights can be installed around the inner perimeter of the deck rails and handrails, as well as for any steps. This added-safety measure reduces the likelihood of nighttime trips and falls. If you have some overhead structure, like an awning, screen-in system, or a pergola, you can mount string lights across the area.
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