A deck is a brilliant way to create more living space, especially for older smaller homes, offering more room for entertaining and relaxing. From being the great new venue for movie nights to the new outdoor dining spot with family and friends, your deck can be whatever you want it to be. Make the most out of your new outdoor space by keeping in mind the following:

Elevation

You can have both a deck and a patio by coming up with the perfect way to transition between the two areas. Adding wide steps and a slight elevation, for instance, not only adds dimension to an otherwise flat outdoor space, but it can also give you two different areas to maximize and thus more options.

Working With Your View

If you have a great outdoor view, decks are the perfect open spaces to fully take them in. You don’t want obstructions so opt for minimalist railings. If you want to fence off your deck, choose glass so your view is not impeded. Don’t forget to have a cozy chair ready for you as you enjoy the view.

Furnishing

When it comes to making the most out of your deck area, adding the right furniture is one of the easiest ways to achieve your goal. Making sure your deck area is as cozy and comfy as your indoor living room means your furniture should look and feel comfortable too. And this definitely means you don’t have to stick with neutrals and wicker. Outdoor furniture now come in a range of color options so there’s sure be a suitable choice for you. You can also use a piece of furniture as a focal point, helping give your deck a unifying theme.

Deck Lighting

Go from day to night with your deck by having the right lighting in place. Safety lighting is a necessity but it can be decorative too - whether you decide to line your railings with lamps or backlight your deck stairs. You can also create a vignette effect by using several lights to illuminate a particular area or object only. Good, effective lighting will help you improve both appearance and function for your deck.

Interested in boosting your deck’s privacy as well? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Head on over to Part 2 to learn more about making your deck more private.