Trending in decks!

Top 5 trends in deck materials are changing the landscape- literally.

  1. Tropically deep tones for the materials on the floor, gaining popularity on interior floors, this trend is moving its way outside. Mahogany is still a favorite in our area and staining this is popular to maintain that deep chocolate finish as well as protect the wood from the environment.
  2.  Plastic Decking is taking market share from some of the composites. This is primarily due to the fact that it does not stain, scratch or develop mold spotting according to the manufacturer.
  3.  Railings are changing as well, from fantastic maintenance free systems that have the same beauty of a finely crafted painted rail, to cables and metal balusters that improve the view to the back yard.
  4. Hidden fasteners are becoming more common, both because homeowners are willing to spend more for this improved aesthetic and the increase in manufacturers that have improved the quality as well as reduced the price and labor requirement.
  5. What products are green? If you want a green decking material, choose a product that uses recycled materials and does not require annual staining.

Planning Your Outdoor Space for Optimum Results

When you add a deck or patio to your home it will be important to think about how you will use the space and how it correlates to the floor plan, architecture and grounds. Outdoor spaces are also an important “transition” from inside to out and should blend in a way that makes it difficult to see the exact beginning and end of each space. This will create a proper flow aesthetically and emotionally. Things to consider:

  • Will there be a garden to incorporate now or later? Wide steps or stepping stones can be used in lieu of additional plantings to blend the yard to the space.
  • What is the solar direction? Be sure to check the angle of the sun. Having an awning or trellis over windows can shade out the high summer solar gain in the summer and allow the lower angle of the winter sun to enter. Using the correct height and depth will make this work to improve energy ills as well as add comfort and a great look.
  • Should a trellis or pergola be added for privacy or shade? A pergola overhead will do more than provide shade. This will also help create the effect of having an outdoor room. Cover overhead, even one that will not stop the rain has a calming- protective feeling. Adding a higher rail with some form of lattice will also provide a sense of security, privacy and coziness. You will notice this design element in restaurants where just a cloth separates diners and a lowered ceiling is strategically place over the bar area. Voila! An instant change to the environment.
  • What is the style of the home? This is your opportunity to add bold classic lines to a form that may need a boost or sleek slender lines to carry what may be a contemporary home style. Take the current architectural form into consideration first, and then you will be able to decide on the direction of your vision.