The season of enjoying more time in our backyards, relaxing, dining al fresco, and spending some fun time with family is soon upon us. Is your backyard dialed in for enjoying the outdoors?
Many homeowners dream about creating an elaborate backyard oasis, with a cooking and dining area, deck, pergola, fireplace, and lush landscape.
While this sounds delightful, some are concerned about the cost of it, as well as the need for maintenance.
A great option that would provide more living outdoor space, enhanced lifestyle, versatility, value, and less maintenance is creating a dream deck!
The concept of a deck offers a visually appealing, as well as effective transition from indoor to outdoor living, and is the easiest and most affordable way to increase your living space while offering limitless design possibilities.
Decks can be connected to a house or detached, wraparound, connected to a pool, etc. You can choose to build a brand new deck or remodel an already existing one, depending on your budget, what’s permitted in your neighborhood, and what best complements your setting and lifestyle.
Start with planning and having a vision to ensure that your yard is optimal – and something a professional deck contractor can help you with.
If you already have a deck, perhaps you’re ready to consider expanding it, or adding a side deck or patio for your outdoor grilling.
A multi tier deck is perfect for creating different areas for eating, lounging, and other outdoor activities.
If you’d like to add an outdoor kitchen, the easiest way would be to position it on the deck against a house wall for the convenience of connecting electrical and plumbing. To keep things simple, create a barbecue area on one of the decks, ideally under the covered or shaded structure.
A deck that includes built-ins and practical features enhance the design and purpose of a deck, such as shade/shelter from the elements. Some of the ways to achieve this is to include a well-designed cover or overhead structure to complement your home’s style and the exterior materials used, such as pergola, gazebo or arbor. Those features will extend your enjoyment and use of the deck while adding more attractiveness to the design.
For a pergola, its roof can be left open, covered with outdoor fabric or fast-growing vines.
Gazebo offers more room-like feel than a pergola and is typically more enclosed than other garden structures. It can be rectangular, hexagonal, or whatever shape you desire.
Attached overhead structure is a covered deck that’s an extension of the interior, and can be built at the same time as the deck or added to an existing deck.
Multi-level decks are great for big spaces, breaking it up into distinct outdoor areas. Different levels also offer places to take in views from different vantage points.
Add a fire pit – it can be the perfectly cozy place for family and friends to gather for a drink, to share stories, and roast some s’mores.
Opt for durable flooring material that is easy to clean, pressure wash, and withstand lots of traffic and extreme weather conditions.
For safety, most building codes require railings, which can be built out of a variety of materials, including wood, taut horizontal or vertical steel cable, metal sheeting or mesh, tubular piping, resin posts and balusters, and even tempered glass panels.
And, whatever deck design you choose, make sure you have good outdoor lighting installed. You can also add hanging lamps and bistro lights to create ambiance for the evening enjoyment.
Small or spacious, your backyard can truly be transformed into a well thought-out attractive escape with an attractive, purposeful and comfortable deck.
For added functionality and comfort, entertain family and friends on your brand new deck every season of the year with a beautifully designed screened in porch.
Whatever your outdoor living needs, Harbor Stone will work with you as your reliable deck designer and deck builder to create your desired lifestyle, including building outdoor kitchens, fire-pits, and fireplaces.
As a locally owned residential construction company providing Quality General Contracting Services in the Greater Philadelphia and Chester County PA area, at Harbor Stone we have a reputation for completing projects that meet or exceed expectations, on time and on budget. We pride ourselves on superior workmanship, stringent compliance, and quality control measures with a work ethic that is second to none.
From total and partial renovation to transforming your backyard into your dream space, trust Harbor Stone Construction Company’s residential contractors for all your home improvement and remodeling needs.
Contact us today to discuss adding or upgrading your deck, pergola, outdoor kitchen, and other home projects: (610) 467-0872.