You’ve recently completed the full renovation of your home, had the windows replaced, did the roof repair project and replaced the kitchen’s flooring tiles. Now that everything in the house is in order, what’s next? How about a deck? A deck is the perfect addition and investment, as it not only serves as an additional lounging space for you and your guests but also gives more appeal and value to your property as a whole. What makes a deck stand out and great for your home? Construction and roof repair experts from VillWell Builders, LLC are here to tell you!
Deck vs. Patio vs. Porch
First off, learning the difference between a deck, patio and porch can help you visualize and set them apart from one another. A patio is a cement slab usually placed in your backyard that is constructed right up against your home, and a deck is a wood-framed platform built to be aboveground and is elevated. It is attached to your home wherever you want it placed. A porch is similar to a deck in that it is elevated, but the main difference is that it’s placed in the entrance or façade of a building or home and it is covered with a small roof.
Now that you know what the differences between the three are, it’s time to learn what factors can make your deck stand out!
An essential part of a good deck design is how organic or natural it looks to the eye. The more it blends with the architectural design and general feel of your home, the better it is to your and your guests’ eyes. The more it looks like it was tacked onto the side of your home, the more it feels artificial or forced. Think of it like when your contractors do emergency roof repair. When you have some of the shingles replaced with a different brand and with a different shade of color. The new but different shingles perform their functions well, but they look unnatural and foreign to the rest of the shingles on your roof. So when you’re going to have your deck built, choose a design that conforms with how your home flows and looks.
Knowing how to proportionately match your deck’s size to the size of your house is also necessary. Getting a deck that is too big for your medium-sized home will make it look like it was forced there, and it would look impractical if your deck has a larger space than your actual living room. Scale your deck properly with how your house was built and how big the main structure is. The more vertical your house is, build a deck that is proportionately higher as well. The bigger and wider your house is, your deck should be equally as wide and large. Mix and match to your preference, but don’t forget a reasonable ratio!
Exactly like how it is with any other project (like roof repair and siding replacement), the materials used for your deck spell how sturdy, comfortable, and appealing it is. Getting materials that match or complement the types of building components used for the main building is key in having the perfect deck.
If you have an older, more traditional home, a fully wooden deck can actually look out of place! Instead of using traditional wooden support posts, consider using stone or brick posts that complement how your house looks. As for the wooden portions of your deck, using hardwoods like mahogany or ipe for flooring and other parts will give your deck a more rustic and comfortable feeling.
If you have a home that’s designed in a more contemporary and modern style, using steel framing, beams and joists would suit you best, as steel is extremely durable while fits in perfectly in modern architectural designs. If you are unsure what kinds of paint and steel alloys would be best, consult the opinion of your trusted home construction and roofing contractor.
Customize Your Deck
Decks are open spaces with limitless possibilities for customization that fit your personal preference and lifestyle. Lots of open-air decks incorporate an outdoor kitchen design that’s perfect for weekend barbecues with the family. As the space is wide open, all the smoke that comes from the grill doesn’t build up, and instead floats away freely without any further problems.
You can also ask your home construction and roofing contractor if open space dining and lounging areas can be built. Trendy homeowners install a variety of deck lighting to make every weekend date extra special and romantic. Younger homeowners make an outdoor café-esque style of deck design that’s perfect for hangouts and get-togethers with family and friends.
Business-minded homeowners also use the wide space in their decks to arrange meeting places! They customize a small part of the wide space to have a more private and exclusive area that can even have an outdoor mini bar, separated with a privacy fence or a type of screen that blocks the area from direct outside viewing while not affecting the outdoor feel of this area of the deck.
To sum up, a deck that stands out for your home is a deck that naturally meshes with the design of the main building. The more your deck’s design clashes with the architecture of your home, the more unsuited it’ll be and look artificial and out of place. And remember the three important factors for good deck materials; sturdiness, functionality and appeal. A deck built with quality materials and a space that is designed to your lifestyle and preference guarantees a deck that is sure to catch anyone’s attention!
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