With the leaves beginning to change, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about how you can refresh your favorite spaces inside – and outside! – the home. What do you wish you had more of, how could an expanded or revamped outdoor space give you the home that you want?
Let’s check out these outdoor deck and porch ideas – with quite a few possibilities to choose from, you’ll be ready to spruce up your space before the end of this article!
Debating an Outdoor Deck
Do you ever wish you could get “out of the house” without actually going anywhere? You may either want to build an outdoor deck from scratch or, aren’t sure what to do with an older one that hasn’t been renovated in years. If your deck is making you more stressed than relaxed, we’ve got some outdoor deck ideas to suggest:
- Converting your raised deck into a platform or freestanding deck. These options are both at ground level, and still serve the same function while promoting accessibility and a more modern look.
- Multi-level deck. With a multi-level outdoor deck, you can have even more in the same footprint. While the upper level could be an outdoor dining and grilling area, the lower deck could be the go-to spot for gardening, reading, or a firepit.
- Wrap-around deck. It’s exactly how it sounds, a deck that wraps all the way around the home, starting at the front entry and ending in the backyard. It protects guests from the elements in the front and leaves room for rocking chairs or a bench facing the backyard.
If you’re on the fence about getting an outdoor deck, it’s important to consider how the yard that you have now may change as a result. When you’re adding on to the home with either an outdoor deck or a screened-in porch, keep in mind that you’ll have to forfeit some yard space in the process. If you want a few options for how to use the space beneath, consider how a shaded sitting area or even an outdoor kitchen may work well there. Talk with a remodeler about your ideas for how to make the most of your newly remodeled outdoor deck.
Perks of a Screened-In Porch
Once you start to consider your backyard as an extension of your favorite spaces indoors, a screened-in porch with all the comforts of a living room starts to feel all the more possible.
While the screen can keep bugs at bay, the improvements don’t have to stop there – the enclosed structure of the porch allows for ambient and accent lighting, like lanterns and sconces, that will set the scene for a relaxing evening with friends and family. A screened-in porch is also more easily temperature controlled than you’d think – a ceiling fan can bring relief from the summer heat while a built-in heater can make the early spring and the fall more pleasant.
A Detached, Covered Seating Area
Whether it’s a poolside paradise or a gazebo, a detached, covered seating area could be an ideal alternative to a deck or screened-in porch, particularly if you’re looking for more ways to use a good amount of yard space. A covered seating area could include cozy chairs and couches that are made to stand up to the elements, a flat-screen tv for enjoying football grill side in the fall, with a ceiling fan or firepit that allows you to enjoy the space all year-round.
You’ve seen the potential in your backyard, now you just need the right remodeling team to get the job done. Fill out the contact form today to talk with us about outdoor deck ideas, screened-in porches, and patios.