When building a deck or patio for your home, it’s important to consider the aesthetic appeal as well as functionality. This is a space where you will spend a lot of time and one that can appeal to potential buyers if you plan to sell your home in the future.
During the planning process, consider incorporating elements or add-ons to increase the visual appeal of your finished deck or patio project. The team at Breyer Construction can help you implement features to accomplish this goal. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Coverings and Walls
One way to increase the visual appeal of your deck or patio project is to add a covering or walls, which look great while offering shade and privacy. There are several options available, allowing you to get as creative as you want. Here are some general categories of what’s available
- Coverings: You can add a full roof for complete shade or a pergola to let some sunlight through. If you are looking for a softer appearance with some sunlight, a retractable awning is an excellent option.
- Walls: Lattice walls are a design element that makes your deck a private, shady spot. You can also build a solid wall using reclaimed boards and other building materials.
Incorporating furniture into your design is an easy way to spruce up your deck or patio. You can use freestanding chairs, tables, and other outdoor accessories, but built-in options can really make your project stand out and maximize your use of space.
For example, you can add a bar or benches that wrap around the border. Fireplaces and fire tables are also attractive choices. With these built-in options, you don’t have to spend extra effort and money on picking out and installing furniture. Also, they match perfectly, as they’re made from the same materials.
Stain or Paint Finish
The most basic method of making your deck look nice is adding a beautiful stain finish. Some stains add just a hint of deeper brown wood color, keeping it natural. There are also stains that have a more artificial tint, such as blue or green, which you can match to the color of your house and your landscaping.
You can also paint your deck a solid color. Combining paint with stain to create exciting patterns is another idea. For example, you can paint the railings and stain the floor, or you can alternate types of finish from one board to the next.
Plants and Landscaping
Greenery and flowers add life to your outdoor area, as well as help your house blend seamlessly into your landscaping. There are multiple ways to accomplish this.
Planters can be built into the railings or elsewhere to hold your favorite blooms. Also, if you have a lattice wall or pergola, you can plant climbing vines and create a green wall.
Spending time on the landscaping around your deck or patio is also essential. You can create a hedge with shrubs and trees, add flower beds with rock-wall borders, or construct your patio or deck around the trees in your yard.
Installing LED lights on and around your patio or deck ensures the exterior of your house looks great when the sun goes down. Here are some excellent lighting options to consider:
- Hidden ceiling lights
- Embedded railing post lights
- Subtle ground lighting
- Rustic lamp posts and lanterns
Find a Trustworthy Deck Builder
If you are interested in adding a deck or patio to your home, contact Breyer Construction & Landscape. Our expert team will partner with you through the designing the building processes to build the deck or patio you’ve always dreamed of.