Many homeowners don’t consider outdoor home improvements during the cold seasons, but it’s actually the perfect time to start researching your deck options and making a basic plan for your upgrade. Don’t spend another year missing out on the fun that can be had on a new or updated deck and consider these deck trends and features for 2020:
Bring the Living Room Outside
Your home is a big investment, and that includes your backyard. If you’re not using your outdoor living space as much as possible, are you truly getting your money’s worth? The living room is one of the most popular spaces inside a home, so why not bring similar functionality outdoors? Consider your family members’ favorite leisure activities along with these popular deck features to make your outdoor space feel as fun and comfortable as your indoor space:
- TVs for enjoying anything from the nightly news to the big game.
- A paint or color scheme that matches your home’s interior.
- Comfortable furniture to relax, nap, or enjoy a good book on.
- Outdoor-friendly playtime mats so the kids can have fun without risking any splinters (or staining the deck with colorful art supplies!)
- A mini-bar or snacking area for outdoor indulging.
Make Your Space More Private
Is lack of privacy on your property keeping you from spending quality time outside? There are plenty of ways to make your new deck a more private and intimate outdoor living space. If you’re looking for more complete privacy, you can screen-in your deck space and add rolling shades that keep out harsh sunlight, rain, and the wandering eyes of your neighbors. Just want to make your space feel a bit more intimate? Adding a pergola, tall plants, or a trellis with vines to your deck can all help to give you the privacy you desire and give your deck a lively, more personalized feel.
Illuminate Nighttime Gatherings
Enjoying the summer sun on your deck is a feeling like no other, but don’t forget that nighttime gatherings can be just as pleasant. With the right lighting, you can give your deck the right ambiance for any occasion. Some trending deck lighting features to consider include:
- Floor lanterns for deck corners and staircases
- Hanging string lights or Edison bulbs
- Built-in floor lighting
- Spotlights to highlight plants and décor
- Downlights anchored to walls or eaves
- Baluster lights
The Features You’ll Love from a New Deck Builder You Trust
Have a different idea for your deck? We’re all ears! North American Deck & Patio specializes in designing and building custom decks for homeowners throughout Maryland. We love bringing our clients’ outdoor living space dreams to life and can help you find the perfect features to ensure your deck gets the use it deserves. Contact us to start planning today.