If you’re like many homeowners, every summer you look longingly at your backyard and imagine how relaxing it would be to lounge on a beautiful new deck. As Better Homes and Gardens notes, “A new deck is an opportunity to extend your living room outdoors.”
Why wait any longer? This summer is the perfect time to plan a DIY deck project. The magazine offers these tips:
Study decking material options: Whether it’s real wood, pressure-treated cedar, or a composite, each has its pros and cons. Hardwoods offer longevity and a rich look, but they can be expensive. Composites, such as vinyl, are maintenance free, but offer a different look than real wood. Research the field thoroughly before making a decision.
Think of creating different levels: This allows you to make separate furniture groupings that support intimate conversation and can enhance visual appeal.
Choose attractive railings: The right railing can improve the look of deck. Options include glass, metal, vinyl, composites and cabling.
Use color: Consider your deck’s compatibility with the color of the home. “The right shades can mean the difference between a deck that looks like a stuck-on foreign object and one that’s a natural extension of your home,” notes Better Homes and Gardens.
Create overhead shade: In blazing hot summer afternoons, it’s nice to have shade. Consider building a pergola over a portion of the deck. It will provide shade—and a place to attach lights and hanging plants.
Don’t be square: Design your deck with angles and curves that give it a custom, rather than out-of-the-box appearance.
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