How to Have a Deck Your Neighbors will Drool Over

How to Have a Deck Your Neighbors will Drool Over


First are foremost, they’re a place where homeowners can relax and enjoy the outdoors and still have the comforts of home within reach. Second, they’re a fun way show off for the neighbors. If you’re hankering for a remodel project, turn your sights outside!

It’s all About the Foundation

Any good deck remodel starts with the basics: the decking itself. Finding the right material will set the stage, quite literally, for years of potlucks, dinner parties, and festivities. The go-to materials for most homeowners are old-fashioned, reliable solid woods.

Cedar, yellow pine, and redwood are especially good choices because they are highly durable and generally rot-resistant. Of course, if you’re planning on having neighbors over, and planning on them drooling over your great new wood deck, make sure the boards are properly sealed so that your neighbor’s envy doesn’t harm the wood.

For homeowners who would rather not use wood, composite decking is another great option. Composite decks are made of an equal mix of recycled plastics and recycled wood fibers. While it will generally cost more up-front, the upkeep on a composite deck is minimal. Plus there’s the added environmental benefit of relying upon recycled goods rather than harvested trees, not to mention that composite decks don’t require staining, sanding, or sealing.

Be as Colorful as Your Moods

Once you have laid the foundation for your outdoor abode, the next step is to apply color. Though it can be tempting to open to a random page in the nearest country living magazine and pick a color scheme, don’t give in to the trends. Allow yourself time think about the mood you want to create in your space. Every color evokes a different mood, and the colors you choose for your deck will have quite an impact on the way you feel in the space.

  1. Blue:
    evokes calmness and tranquility
  2. Green:
    promotes comfort and relaxation
  3. Red/Orange:
    encourages laughter and celebration
  4. White:
    evokes a clean, airy atmosphere
  5. Brown:
    gives a feeling of rustic comfort
  6. Yellow:
    promotes happiness and cheer
  7. Purple:
    evokes serenity and mysteriousness
  8. Black:
    gives a sense of elegance

Choosing a color palette for your deck is all about balancing gut instinct with practicality. Let your gut choose a color you love, then let your head pick the saturation. Consider things like how often you’ll realistically want to sweep off the deck and how often you’ll want to touch up the paint. A deep red hue would take much less maintenance than a pristine white would. When it comes to paint, err on the side of practicality. You can always add in splashes of other colors in the styling.

Style-full Not Style-ish

Once the flooring is laid and the paint is dry, it’s time to decorate. Styling is the icing on the cake of any renovation project, but as we all know, sometimes it’s the little things that can get the most expensive.

Just as with color, the best place to start when thinking about updating your deck decor is to consider what feelings you want your space to evoke. Want a deck that feels like a tropical vacation? A zen garden? Do it. Dream big and pare down from there.

The prospect of buying patio furniture and decor brand new can be a frightful undertaking, but in this age of shabby chic furniture and upcycling, there’s no need to fret. When you know what pieces you’re looking for, local online classifieds like Craigslist, Gumtree, and Freecycle can be a great resource for the budget-minded. Not only can you can find pre-loved furniture and decor for a way better price than new, but there’s the added bonus of meeting your neighbors.

What theme will you choose for your dream deck?

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