In our last blog, we introduced you to the idea of designing your own deck and breaking out of the generic, predictable decks to build an outdoor living space that fits with your home, family, and lifestyle. We covered the topics of brainstorming, acknowledging your wants and needs, and evaluating your lifestyle and personality.  Today, we would like to continue the discussion with a few more considerations during the brainstorming phase.

Creating an Entertaining Environment

When considering what kind of deck to design for your home, it is important to anticipate the potential use and functionality of your deck in a social setting. One of the best things about a deck is having an inviting outdoor living space to share with friends and family.  On a warm summer night, there is hardly anything better than gathering with loved ones and hosting a get-together on your deck. If this scenario sounds like a plausible use of your new addition, your design process will have to include an anticipated guest list, so you can design your deck to be functional for a significant amount of people and built sturdy enough to hold the crowds. A space for entertaining has to be carefully set up to include the necessary elements (grill/beverage station, furniture) as well as designed to keep traffic jams from occurring around the most used spaces. A well designed deck will accommodate crowds with strategic walkways, seating, socializing areas and access to the house and yard. A good deck design should enhance the party experience and contribute a fun and functional environment.

An Extension of your Home

We all have heard that a true home is more than just a house, and we feel that this sentiment applies to the outdoor living area, as well. The deck should be an extension of your home instead of just an extension of your house. A home provides more than just shelter, and a well designed deck should provide more than just an outdoor platform. By building an outdoor extension of your home, you are adding an area that combines the security and comfort of your home with nature and connection to the outdoors. Take a walk around your yard and consider the aspects of the outdoors that you connect with. A deck provides a bridge between two contrasting environments, so take this opportunity to incorporate the best parts of both environments and create a living space that truly reflects your sense of home.

Conduct Research

Taking all of these things into consideration when designing your deck can make the process quite overwhelming and frustrating, however, in the end it will be worth it. One way to lower the stress and promote brainstorming is by conducting research about available options. Visit websites that feature deck galleries, like ours at Garuda Decks. A variety of photos can give you an idea of a contractor’s craftsmanship, creativity, and professionalism, so begin your research with images of decks you love. Talking to others in your community, like family, friends and neighbors can give you a good ideas and inspiration. Even driving around your neighborhood can spark some new likes and dislikes, narrowing your design decisions and easing the process. In the end, take your time. Don’t rush the process and make sure you keep an open mind. If you need any help beginning the brainstorming process, check out our portfolio of custom built decks. Our skilled carpenters and designers are here to help, if you are considering a new outdoor living space. Contact us today for a free estimate. We can be reached at (919) 460-8802, or fill out the contact form on our website to get started.