Adding a deck to your home can have multiple benefits, but only if it’s properly constructed and meets all the criteria highlighted in the local building codes governing such construction. Multiple reports have highlighted a growing number of residences taking on deck construction projects as an effective home improvement strategy, with the North England area, in particular, embracing these extensions. According to a 2011 report published in The Forestry Chronicle Journal in conjunction with The Center for International Trade in Forest Products, approximately 82% of houses in the country feature an outdoor living space that comprises balconies, patios, porches, and decks.
One of the primary reasons that decks have become such a popular feature with many residences across the US is because of the enhanced curb appeal that can be enjoyed with the integration of this addition. Decking spaces are arguably one of the best ways to transform the exterior of a home and also offer the best return on investment available with exterior remodeling ventures. Enhancing the aesthetics of your decking area can be a good way to get the most out of your construction project.
Some effective ways that Deck Builders can enhance the aesthetics of this extension include:
Adding Deck Skirting
Deck skirting refers to a barrier that is located around the lower section of the extension, creating a perimeter wall around the substructure. This is an excellent way to hide the underbelly of the fixture which at times can look a little bit messy. The inclusion of this wall not only tidies up the appearance of this area but also allows individuals to use it as a storage area for things such as tools and other items that might be too dirty to keep in the house. The design of the skirting can match the overall design of the fixture or feature a complementary style. This addition is also a good way to prevent small animals from taking up abode in this area.
Adding a Pergola
A pergola is a structure that consists of columns connected to a roofing grid overhead. The roofing grid can be left open or covered with a fabric to offer additional shade. These structures not only enhance the overall aesthetics of this space but can also provide a more comfortable seating area during sunnier days when one would rather avoid direct UV rays. A popular trend related to pergolas is the integration of climbing vines that wind around the columns and the lattice work aloft. You can also install outdoor curtains or shading screens to the sides to enhance the level of privacy enjoyed by the structure.
Implementing a system of decorative lights around the deck is another effective means of improving the overall appearance of the structure. There are numerous options to choose from in this category including recessed lighting along the railing or floor of the deck, or placing lantern lamps along the corners of the structure. Another popular lighting solution is the application of string lights atop the deck or crisscrossing across the rails.
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