Here Comes the Sun: 4 Tips for a Beautiful Deck This Summer

A deck can be a great addition to any home. Of course, some decks are done better than others, but it is hard to go wrong with an outdoor entertaining space like this one. The beauty of a good deck is that it can be just as unique as you want, and it offers a variety of options for creating the perfect outdoor living area. Here are some surefire tips to improve your deck and get more enjoyment out of your summer.

Create and Define Zones

Creating separate areas on your deck will allow you to ensure that you are maximizing the use of the space. What are your primary uses for the deck? If you plan to use it for cooking and entertaining, for example, it might be ideal to plot a cooking zone, a dining area, and a separate relaxing space. You shouldn’t just throw the grill and furniture on the deck and call it a day. The space will be more useful, and more visually appealing, when it is clearly defined and furnished.

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Consider Custom Deck Designs

If you are just building a deck, or thinking about having one built, you have a lot of different options. Doing it yourself is one way to create your perfect space. However, decks require special tools and skills so they are not for the novice handyman. Your best option is to consider having a custom-designed deck built by professionals. This is more affordable than you might think and it will guarantee that you get the perfect space every time. Plus, the pros might have ideas for making the most of your space or improving the design so that it adds more curb appeal or value to your home.

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Make Room for Shade

Everyone loves a sunny day, but shade is a must-have on a deck. Whether it’s for protection from sunburns or just a respite from the heat, you should have some kind of shade available. Whether that is a patio umbrella, an awning, or another type of sun shade is up to you. Patio tables are easy to shade because they often come with umbrellas. Look at free standing umbrellas and other types of outdoor shades to find what works best for your space.

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Choose Inviting Greenery

Low-maintenance potted plants can add an inviting look to any deck. Skip the discount stores and head to your local greenhouse or garden center and inquire about low-maintenance plants for decks and outdoor spaces. Feel free to look around online and get inspiration from what others are doing. You don’t want to be fussing around with plants all summer, though, so make sure that you choose ones that look great without requiring too much effort on your part. Simple ferns and potted shrubs also make great additions.

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There are so many ways to make the most of your deck this summer. From adding plants to putting up lights for enjoying those summer nights, simple changes can make a big impact. If you start with a custom deck design, you can ensure that your outdoor space will live up to your expectations and bring you years of enjoyment.

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