Decks, Patios, Screened-In Porches and Pergolas
May 1, 2014
When it comes to creating your ideal outdoor living space, it is important that you consider how you – and your family – like to enjoy the outdoors. Some love the heat and can’t get enough sunshine, while others wish to be shaded and comfortable. Outdoor living really is an extension of your home, and it is our goal to help you get a space you’ll actually enjoy.
Here are a few ideas for creating your ideal outdoor living space.
Treated lumber decks are a good option for those looking to define an outdoor living space, as it has low upfront cost. Lumber can be stained or painted to match (or contrast) your home, and a deck is a great place to stick a grill and outdoor table to enjoy a barbeque. One drawback to treated lumber decks, however, is that regular maintenance is required. They must be washed, stained and water-treated regularly to keep the boards from warping and splintering.
Composite decking material, such as Azek, is relatively low-maintenance and is resistant to mold and algae growth, which makes it ideal for high-moisture areas. It comes in a wide variety of color choices, which makes it an attractive option. Many homeowners choose a main decking color and then an accent color for the railing – to give their deck more character. Sometimes, acrylic glass railing is also used, particularly when the homeowner wants an unobstructed view of their backyard.
Patios can be located anywhere in your yard but are typically located adjacent to your home. Concrete, stamped concrete, pavers or bricks can all be used to create this space; however, pavers and bricks can be a bit more maintenance as they can shift out of place and become uneven. Outdoor patio areas often include fire pits, outdoor kitchens and even tranquil water gardens.
Screened-in porches and decks are a great solution if you are looking to create an outdoor space that is protected from the elements (and bugs). While some screened-in porches are rather simple, because this space is protected from the weather, homeowners can feel comfortable incorporating fireplaces, televisions and audio systems into this area -for a truly relaxing outdoor living experience. Panels come in a variety of style options, and you can also choose a partially screened panel – where the bottom is solid – to give the space a bit more privacy.
Pergolas are another option for an inviting outdoor living space. They can be built from vinyl or wood, and while wooden pergolas do require more maintenance, many homeowners prefer their classy look. Pergolas provide a partially-shaded canopy to enjoy your outdoor space, and you’ll often find interesting climbing vines, such as wisteria, planted around the pergola.
For more outdoor living inspiration, take a look at our photos on Houzz!