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Chris Breen

Chris Breen, Principal Owner of Legacy Decks and Outdoor Living and has been serving families in Upstate South Carolina since 2005.

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Tips For Maximizing Your Deck Space

Maximizing your deck’s functionality, comfort, and style will create a wonderful spot for entertaining, relaxing, and spending time with family and friends. Here are some tips to consider when planning your deck space:

Add Shade And Choose Materials That Stay Cool In The Heat

During peak sun hours, the temperature of your deck can become unbearable if you don’t take the right precautions. Regulating temperatures will help you maximize the number of hours per day that you can spend on your deck comfortably.

One way to keep your deck cooler and usable throughout the summer is by adding shade. Shade can take many forms, such as a pergola, sail, umbrella, and even a roof structure. Not only will this improve comfort levels, but it can also make your deck more stylish and luxurious. 

Another way to keep temperatures down is to choose a decking material that stays cooler in the heat, such as Timber Tech AZEK decking. These boards provide unparalleled performance in terms of heat resistance, staying up to 30 degrees cooler than other types of decking. 

If you want your deck to stay even cooler, opt for lightered-colored boards. Lighter colors reflect sunlight rather than absorb it.

The material of your outdoor furniture is also essential. For example, metal furniture will absorb heat and become hot to the touch, while wicker and rattan furniture will stay cooler under the scorching sun.

By considering each factor – the shade, decking, and furniture – you can create an outdoor living space that you’ll be able to enjoy all summer long.

Choose The Perfect Sized Furniture

One mistake people often make when furnishing their outdoor living space is choosing furniture that is too big or too small. Just like you wouldn’t put a queen size bed in a studio apartment, you don’t want to put oversized furniture on a small deck or patio. Not only will it look silly, but it will also make the space feel cramped. On the other hand, if your furniture is too small for the space, it will look dwarfed and out of place. For example, a smaller café-style table can look odd on a large deck. 

Instead, take measurements of your outdoor living space and then shop for furniture that is the appropriate size. This way, you’ll be able to move around comfortably and enjoy the space without feeling cramped. The whole point of your outdoor living space is to relax and relieve stress, so make sure to scale furniture to the appropriate size and dimensions. 

Consider Your Lighting

Another vital factor to consider when maximizing your outdoor living space is lighting. When it darkens, you and your guests may be tempted to go inside. However, if you have proper lighting, you can extend the use of your outdoor living space well into the night.

There are a few different types of lighting you can use to light up your outdoor living space.

For open decks, you’ll want to use post mount lights, post cap lights, or rail lights. These lights will provide enough light to see without being too bright or intrusive. (The Super Bowl is not being played in your backyard after all.)

You can use string lights or wall sconces for more intimate spaces, such as a seating area below a pergola. These lights will create a warm and inviting atmosphere that will encourage you and your guests to linger long into the night.

For covered decks, recessed lights are a great option. Some people also like to use pendant lights or chandeliers for a dramatic effect. 

And last but not least, don’t forget about lighting up your stairs. Step lights are a stylish way to add safety to your deck.

Install A Fire Pit

Another great way to maximize your outdoor living space and make it more enjoyable is to install a fire pit. A fire pit can provide warmth on cool nights and is a great place to gather around with friends and family.

In colder months or when it darkens, you’ll have to go back in at some point. But, with a fire pit, you can stay outside well into the night!

There are many types of fire pits, and selecting one that will fit your outdoor living space is essential. For example, you won’t do yourself any favors by installing a wood-burning fire pit on a wooden deck. Fire hazard alert!

In most cases, it’s better to opt for a gas-burning fire pit. They’re easy to use, and you reduce the risk of starting a fire. 

It’s also better to choose composite materials for your deck if you’re planning on installing a fire pit. Composite decking and PVC decking won’t easily catch on fire like wood.

Enclose Your Outdoor Living Space

If you want to maximize your outdoor living space and make it more enjoyable, consider enclosing it. Enclosing it will give you a more protected area where you can relax and entertain without worrying about the weather. It will also help keep bugs and other pests out, so you can enjoy your space in peace.

There are a few different ways you can enclose your outdoor living space. One option is to build a screen room. A screen room is a great way to enjoy the outdoors without being bothered by insects. When the mosquitos get thirsty, they’ll go after your neighbors instead of you!

Another option for enclosing your outdoor living space is to install EZE Breeze windows. These windows are made of a clear vinyl material that allows you to see through while keeping the elements out. You can slide them open to let in a breeze on a hot day or close them up to keep the bugs out.

Eze Breeze Rooms are a great option to enjoy your outdoor living space year-round. However, depending on where you live, you may also want to consider adding a fireplace or heaters to your enclosed area. Adding heating will help you extend the use of your outdoor living room well into the winter.

Whether you opt for a screen room or an Eze Breeze room, you’ll be able to enjoy your space more often and for a more extended period each year.

Under Deck Waterproofing

If you have a second-story or multi-level deck, you know the space below is the perfect spot for a patio or storing lawn furniture, bikes, and other outdoor gear.

But what about when it rains? Water can easily leak through the decking and cause damage to your precious belongings.

That’s where under-deck waterproofing comes in. This system is installed underneath your deck to prevent water from leaking through. This is a crucial step to maximizing the space under your deck, as it allows you to create an entirely separate outdoor living space below.

Plan Ahead To Maximize Your Outdoor Living Space

If you’re ready to make the most of your outdoor living space, keep these tips in mind when planning your project. With a little effort, you can turn your outdoor space into the perfect place to relax, entertain, and enjoy the outdoors. You’ll be glad you did!

Are you in the process of buying a new deck? Check out our guide on composite decking to determine which design options, features, and decking materials are right for you.