If you have the space for an outdoor deck and the weather allows it, there’s no reason you shouldn’t consider adding an outdoor deck to your home. At Truoba Modern House Plans, we’ve been building outdoor spaces for years, but in 2021, outdoor spaces have taken on a new meaning as they’ve become the dominant and assumed location for social gatherings, family meals, parties, and more. So, when you’re building your new home in 2021, it might be a good idea to consider the benefits an outdoor deck could bring.
Here are four easy tips to bring that deck from concept into reality!
1. Deck vs. Patio
First things first: A deck is an elevated open-air space attached to your house; a patio is a paved area, not elevated above the ground, that can be either attached or detached from your house depending on the specifics of your property. Decks are generally more expensive than patios because of the required materials, the above-ground elevation, the necessary attachment to the property, and the common, expected amenities such as barbecue grills, deck chairs and couches, and fencing.
2. Consider the Climate
Do you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, such as floods, hurricanes, tornados, or snow? This will not preclude you from building yourself an outdoor deck, but it should influence the materials, types of furniture, and special features, such as jacuzzies and grills, that you consider. Building a deck or patio out of wood in a climate zone that suffers from frequent inclement weather will be fine in the short-term, but you’ll notice signs of wear early on that will require maintenance. If you’re willing to put in the time, effort, and money, hardwood is a beautiful choice for your outdoor annex, but composite boards, made of synthesized wood and plastic, are an option that combines aesthetic pleasure with durability, making for a deck that won’t require too much of your attention over time.
3. Access Points
If your living room has doors that spill out straight into your backyard, building a deck that attaches to that area of your living room should not be an issue. But if that is not how your house is laid out, you’ll have a few concerns to weigh. Do you want to go through the extra trouble of building a set of doors to access a deck?
4. Lighting and Awnings
Unless you only plan on using your outdoor deck in perfect weather conditions and only in the afternoon, you’ll want to consider options for shade and covering as well as accent lighting, work lighting, and safety lighting. Retractable awnings are on the more expensive side, but they can turn your deck into a flexible, convertible outdoor space perfect for sunny days and rainy days alike. The choices get increasingly costly as you consider these features, so make sure that you pick a few accents that you feel strongly about.
In 2021, we’re pretty sure you won’t regret finally building that outdoor deck to entertain family and friends from the comfort of your home!