5 Enhancing Features In Constructing Your Deck Design

5 Enhancing Features In Constructing Your Deck Design
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    If you're building a dream deck for your home, there are a number of enhancements and features you should consider including in the design.


You don’t need to choose all of them, but any one of them can make for a better deck depending on your taste, budget or the space available to you. Here are our top 5 enhanced features for decks.

#1 Built-in Furniture & Fixtures

Save on space by incorporating built-in furniture and other features directly into the design of the deck itself. Building these features into the design of the deck allows you to customize them to your liking, rather than relying on what seats or fire pits or light fixtures you can buy pre-made from other stores. You can consider things like the following:

  • Seats:
    benches, chairs or even lounges for seating areas can be made to match the aesthetic of the whole deck.
  • Fire pits:
    adding one makes your deck the perfect place to enjoy late evenings or colder days.
  • Lighting:
    light fixtures built into the deck helps to perfectly control the lighting and ambiance.

#2 Design an Outdoor Kitchen or Bar

If you love cooking and outdoor barbeques, or having an area for keeping and mixing drinks, then a full outdoor kitchen and bar are must have features. Here are some wonderful additions:

  • Cooking stations:
    have a barbeque or a stone oven to do your cooking out on your deck.
  • Fridges:
    have a fridge in your cooking station to keep food and another by your bar for drinks.
  • Cabinets and storage:
    have storage food, dishes, glasses, cutlery or other things you need for your kitchen or bar area.

Working these features into your deck design makes it incredibly convenient for either your cooking or bartending hobbies, or both!

#3 Add Some Greenery

If you have a green thumb and love growing things, or just feel more like you’re out in the middle of nature, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate that passion into your deck design:

  • Planter boxes:
    have built-in planter boxes along rails, wall sections, built-in tables, and so on.
  • Miniature garden:
    take the planter idea up a notch and build a full (but small) garden.
  • Vines and flowers:
    add poles, trellises, lattices and so on for vines and flowers to grow on.

The great thing about the planters and gardens is you can grow herbs, fruit and veggies that you can use for your cooking. You can pick them and toss them into your cooking completely fresh!

#4 Allow for Shade

There are going to be times you want to stay out on your deck but get out of the sun or rain. That’s why it’s a good idea to enhance your deck design with one of these features:

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  • Gazebo:
    adding a built-in gazebo to your deck allows you to control the dimensions perfectly.
  • Retractable roof:
    adding a retractable roof is a convenient way to control the sunlight the way you want.
  • Arbors:
    building an arbor is a good way to block some but not all sunlight, and you can also add vines for more shading.

It’s a good idea to work these sorts of features into your design ahead of time so you know exactly what room, spacing, and shapes you need for them.

#5 Luxury and Entertainment

If you have a bigger budget and want some added luxury, there are some great features you can add to your design to turn your deck into a relaxing paradise:

  • Hot tub:
    installing a hot tub allows you to sit back in luxury and relaxation whenever you want.
  • Water fixtures:
    adding a waterfall, fountain, or even a small fish pond will allow to experience relaxing water noises.
  • Entertainment Centers:
    install a TV and quality sound system out so you can watch your favorite show, movie, or sports programs with friends.

There is nothing more luxurious than being able to sit out in your hot tub, grill up your favourite summer food on the barbeque, or sit around your lounge area with a drink—all while watching your favorite movie, show, or sports.

About the Author:
Matt Doyle is the Vice-President and Co-Founder of Excel Builders, a custom home building company serving Delaware and Maryland. The company specializes in ICF and custom-built, energy efficient homes. Matt grew up in the construction industry and he has a Bachelor of Science degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Alabama. He also has an extensive background in internet marketing and has worked with some well-known international companies such as Best Western, McGraw Hill Construction, Sharp, and Canon.

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