Decks And Patios 101
Decks & Patios Serve A Variety Of Functions
Decks & Patios serve the dual purpose of extending your living space and increasing property values. Well designed decks and patios give us pleasure from simply being outdoors. Entertaining friends for a weekend barbecue. Dining intimately with that special loved one. Simple time alone with that page turner you simply don't want to put down. Few activities are more refreshing and relaxing than enjoying the features of a well thought out deck or patio.
Decks & Patios Offer Graceful Transitions
Decks & patios blur the lines between the indoors & outdoors. Although decks serve as a part of the house, they offer a place to sit down and socialize. Patios welcome guests and visitors by softening the transition from the outside space into the house. Decks and patios can be located in the yard, offering a secluded area away from the house. By extending your living area, decks and patios make your home feel more spacious.
Your deck or patio should complement your house. It is a place to mingle natural and structural elements. Using the same colors is an easy way to strike a balance. Simply setting the same plants on your deck or patio, that already grow in your yard, will create coherence. Forethought will make enjoying your life on your patio possible under all sorts of weather conditions. Equipping a table with a collapsible umbrella will act as a rain repellent and a sun protector. While striving for harmony it is also a good idea to let your patio or deck have there own identities. While complementing your house and yard, they can become the focal point for your outdoor space. Enjoy!
Quick Tips That Add Pizz-Azz
10 Ideas To Take Your Deck To Extrordinary
Add Splashes Of Color
1) By using cushions and an outdoor friendly rug you can color coordinate your deck. Creating a new look, for little cash.
Create A Curve
2) If your deck is style-less try adding a sweeping modern curve with metal accents for a stunning modern style.
Container Gardens Add Piz-azz
3) Add piz-azz.- Container gardens with flowers, ornamental grasses, and shrubs add bright splashes of color.
4) Create a private getaway with fencing covered with lattice and plants.
Add A Screen
5) A ready made canopy and bamboo screen will provide protection from the sun and keep out prying eyes.
Lush Plantings Add Flair
6) Decorating with lush plantings can take your deck from ho-hum to spectacular. Create tropical flair with palms and hanging baskets.
7) Create charm wth spindles and a lattice skirt.
Pergola's Add Style
8) Add structure and style with a stately pergola.
Paint Provides An Instant Makeover
9) A coat of fresh paint and a set of new railings can provide the perfect makeover.
10) Create a deck as comfy as your living room by selecting from the rising number of outdoor products.
~Life Is Sweet~
from your patio
Check Out These Expert Guides
Building A Deck
This is the definitive guide to building the most popular exterior building project there is: the deck. By walking the reader through the entire process -- from the planning stages, through construction step-by-step, to the custom details that make a deck unique -- Building a Deck covers the practical side of building as well as design considerations that make a difference to discriminating homeowners. 35 drawings and over 300 color photos are included.
Complete Deck Book-Design Your Own Deck
The Complete Deck Book is the only guide you'll need to design your dream deck, select materials, build it (or be an informed supervisor), and even repair and maintain it. Whether you're starting from the ground up or revamping an existing deck, this new edition of a Sunset bestseller will motivate you with an image gallery of stunning decks from around the country. Includes practical how-to advice, step-by-step photo-illustrated instructions, and detailed plans for building your choice of 16 state-of-the-art deck projects, all of varying degrees of difficulty
In this revised and expanded fourth edition of the all time best-selling books on decks homeowners learn in un-surpassed detail, the process of designing, building and maintaining a deck.
A successful deck makes the outdoors more enjoyable and functionally expands living space. Design Ideas For Decks provides the design inspiration homeowners need to create the deck of their dreams. Through portfolios of lavish photographs readers experience the latest trends in deck design.
~A Deck Can Become~
One Of The Most Beautiful Additions
That You Add To Your Home
...On the other hand...
A poorly built deck can be a disaster!
Take the time to consider these points before you begin!
Vital Considerations Before You Build
What is the primary purpose of your deck?
Is your choice location workable? Consider access, entrances and exits.
You will want to have a deck plan which serves as a guide for your entire project.
Attatching Your Deck
You need to determine if the framing of your home is strong enough and how you will cut away siding at the joining point.
This is an important part of the process. Decide exactly how many footings and posts you need, and where to place them.
What materials do you plan to use? Chemically engineered to avoid the problems of traditional wood, composite decking materials are a popular choice. Redwood, Cedar and pressure treated pine are also good options because they resist deacay and rot. You may need to provide protectant and sealent materials if you choose another wood decking material.
Find out what permits will be required to build your deck in your area. Your city government will provide you with the answers you need.
Make sure you have all the tools you need on hand. Additional exspenses will be added to your project if you have to purchase these.
Remember that poorly built decks are very dangerous. Decking is not a good beginnig learning project. If you have little construction experience -"Hire A Professional."
Extras such as decorative handrails, flower boxes, and built in seating will personalize your deck.
When In Doubt
~Hire A Professional~
Home Project Tools - Build Your Dream Deck
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