Mick Hansen | lamecomposite

Features that will transform your deck into an enjoyable living area

Jun 28th 2015 at 9:40 PM

A deck, which is an attachment to your house, provides you with a comfortable place to relax outside the house. A deck expands the amount of living space you have in your home and is a good alternative area for having meals, relaxing, and for holding casual outdoor parties. When you have a deck that is fitted with the necessary comforts, you will find yourself using it more than your indoor living and dining space. If you don’t have a deck and you are considering adding one, challenge yourself to make it attractive, comfortable and more functional.

A good example of how you can do so is by installing proper lighting. A torch or a lantern cannot provide enough lighting outdoors. You can install lighting on posts along the deck or overhead if your deck is roofed in. If your deck is made from composite material, you can install recess lighting on your terrasse composite which will not only provide more lighting but will add more beauty and effect. A deck also has to have post caps for added style. Post caps are added on the top of every post along the deck railing. The more textured and colored your post caps are, the more style and glamor you bring to your deck. Post caps don’t just have to be ornamental; they can also serve as lighting. If you are going for energy efficiency, you can even install solar post-caps which charge by day and light your deck at night.

You can further enhance your deck by adding built-in furniture such as benches. The benches can even have storage compartments that will provide space for keeping deck-related essentials when they are not in use. Planters can also be built-into your deck all along the deck railing. Plants bring more color to a deck, they freshen the air, and also provide natural fragrance. For your deck to be more welcoming on extremely hot days, it has to be shaded. You can provide shading from the sun using a roll-out canopy that’s attached to your house, or by building an overhead porch. You can also build a gazebo into your deck to provide protection from the sun and rain and warmth on cold nights. If you screen your gazebo, you will keep bugs away at night.

Your outdoor space will not be complete or extremely functional without a kitchen. If you don’t have an outdoor kitchen, you will have to prepare your food indoors and then transport it outside. Get a professional to help you when building a kitchen on a lame de terrasse composite to ensure the decking structure provides enough support. Lastly, you should accessorize your deck with pillows on your benches, rugs on the floor, colorful vases, plants and flowers. If you make the additions mentioned above to your deck, you will transform your deck into the best living space in your home.

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