3 Reasons Why It’s NOT “Just a Deck”
Take a moment to consider how much time and money you’ve invested into the interior of your home. Bathroom renovations, kitchen upgrades, painting, flooring… not to mention all the fun little embellishments like colour coordinated curtains, wall hangings, and decorative pillows.
Now take a second to visualize your backyard. Weeds under control, perhaps a nice garden, and a rectangular wooden deck.
Let’s stop right there. The deck.
Is your home’s deck the standard builders deck? A single-level structure, built as cheaply as possible, simply included as an area to identify where to BBQ and place your patio set. Your home’s outdoor living space should be just that… a place you can live in! Do you actually enjoy your outdoor space, choosing to relax there instead of on the couch?
Imagine if we spent as much time and effort on our outdoor living space as we do on the indoor space. It’s time to get away from that “It’s just a deck” mentality. The standard builders deck needs a serious upgrade, especially for those who want to truly enjoy their backyard space this summer.
So what should a backyard deck be?
Let’s take a card out of Paul Lafrance’s deck. Not only is this Canadian HGTV personality an expert custom designer and builder of decks, he’s also a spokesperson for Regal Railings (the supplier behind this Create This Look feature)… so he really knows a thing or two about designing and building beautiful, functional decks. Here are three suggestions he makes for what a backyard deck should be.
It should be an extension of your home
A deck carries your indoor living space to the outdoors. You should put the same amount of effort into the design and comfort of your outdoor living space as you do your living room. Here are some easy design and style elements you can use to liven up your outdoor space:
- Decorative pillows – An easy way to add colour and visual interest, decorative pillows are also functional for those requiring a little more back support in conversation sets.
- Outdoor rug – Not only can an outdoor rug protect your deck’s surface from scratches and help add colour dimension to your outdoor living area, it can also help separate the space into zones; for example, a rug under your conversation set separates it from the dining or BBQ area.
- Plants – Elevate ferns and grasses with tall planters to bring your greenery to eye level… this way your plants become a backdrop while adding a touch of ambience. Use plants to help add privacy or to break up a large wall space. For an added bonus, slip inexpensive solar lights into your plants so they glow at night.
- Trays – Not only are trays functional (fewer trips to the kitchen!) but they also are a quick and easy way to layer outdoor spaces. Protect wooden trays with a light layer of clear matte sealant to protect them from humidity and moisture.
- Umbrellas – A must-have item to provide protection from the sun but also another way to add colour to your space. Using an umbrella stand instead of the hole in your patio table gives you more freedom to move the umbrella to different areas of your outdoor space.
It should be a social and relaxation zone
A backyard deck is more than just a place to park your plastic chairs and BBQ. There’s something inherently peaceful about being outdoors, and being located in northern Ontario, we certainly want to enjoy every leafy green, birds singing moment we can.
In our fast-paced culture, there’s never been a more important time to set aside time to slow down, rest, and rejuvenate. If you’re looking to staycation this summer, it’s time to invest in creating a relaxing oasis in your own backyard.
When choosing furniture and embellishments for your outdoor space, remember: Fewer, larger items make a small space feel bigger, and packing in lots of products and small accents will make an area look cluttered.
It should be creative
What we love about this featured Look is that the tempered glass panels allow you an unobstructed view of your outdoor space (ideal if you’re trying to keep an eye on kids or want to enjoy the beauty of your garden). In addition, the LED lighting system adds a touch of nighttime elegance and safety for those backyard get togethers. Check out these images from our featured Regal Railings system where the LED lights can change colour for an impressive change in ambiance.
For a little extra ambiance, drape outdoor string lights over your seating area. Even just one string in a tree or large plant can make a pretty difference at night.
Think about the things you enjoy in your indoor living space that you’d love to have outdoors. Adding personal touches–such as a throw blanket draped over a chair, artwork, and candles–can really make a space feel more welcoming and relaxing.
Mix and match materials! Choose different furniture pieces and fabrics, just like you would for the inside of your home. Think brightly-coloured chairs with a printed umbrella, or various pillows with interesting patterns and accents. The unique mix of materials, hues, and furnishings will make your outdoor space characteristically you.
It should be quality built
This is a bonus tip! With the cost of wood reaching unprecedented levels due to the pandemic, if you’re planning to build, now may be the time to reconsider the move to composite decking. There are several benefits of composite decking over traditional wood:
- Withstands weathering, warping, splintering, and fading
- Superior protection against moisture, preventing mold and mildew
- Available in a variety of colours with no need to restain
- Easy maintenance–no sanding, staining, or sealing required
- Suppliers often offer lifetime limited warranties
- Can use up to 100% recycled materials, making it an environmentally sustainable option
Create This Look
Feeling inspired? Our Projects Experts can help you plan and design a beautiful deck, including railing systems and composite decking options. Check out our seasonal products for accessories and maintenance products to keep your outdoor space looking and feeling amazing.