If you’re thinking of changing up your deck but not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Alfresco is a big trend right now, whether that’s for dining, entertaining or even working from home. You can make the most of the space you have outside by creating decked areas with ambience and atmosphere, character and class. From the 8×2 treated timber that supports the structure to the twinkling string lights hanging from above, these ideas and suggestions should get your creative juices flowing and your imagination running. Let’s get started!
Make A Space For Dining
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all made better when enjoyed in the fresh air outside. A morning coffee, an afternoon snack, or an evening glass of wine can all be relished on your outdoor decking. By adding some outdoor lighting, and a well-stocked bar cart, you’ll create the perfect place for dining and entertaining, conversing and chatting. Add a spacious table and some comfy chairs, and you’ll be able to waste away hours on your decking.
Create Some Cover
With the addition of some cover, you can use your outdoor space even in the rain and bright sunshine. A beautiful pergola, draped in creeping plants and flowers will add some contrasting architecture to the softness of the outside and complement the structure of your property.
Think About The Textures
Adding some soft textures with some complementing textiles will create a cosy vibe. With an ethereal-looking canopy and a comfy rug, you will create a soft and relaxing environment. The cold edge will be taken off, and you’ll have a living room feel with the open space outside.
Hang Some Plants
By adding some extra vertical space, perhaps with the addition of some trellis or fencing, you can use this space to add some greenery with some hanging plants. This will make the most of the floor space you have while expanding the green space upwards. While your lateral space may be limited, the vertical space is full of potential.
Add An Element Of Fire
To up the cosiness levels and create a relaxing and warm space, you can install a fire pit. When you can host fun evenings around the fire, toasting marshmallows and listening to music, your home will become a haven for relaxing conversations and cosy nights. Even in the coldest weather, you can enjoy a winter party outside around the fire pit.
Make The Most Of The Materials
There are lots of options when it comes to choosing the materials you want for your decking area. Create the feeling of the flower by picking materials that match the interior of your home, connecting the inside with the outside. For a soft, natural look, go for a beautiful structure of wood. To create a bold, quirky look, install tiles that feature a colourful print to add some life and vibrancy. Soften the architecture with neutral furnishings and fabrics and connect with nature through plants, both potted and hanging.
Building A Deck That Will Endure
The last thing you want to do is invest lots of time and money on a decking that slowly gets eaten away by dampness, mould, and insects to the point that it’s no longer safe to use. Make sure to go for the best materials you can, like strong pressure-treated timber that is designed to be resistant to these elements. While budget is obviously a big factor in the decision-making process, it’s important to consider the quality and strength of the materials to make sure you build sturdy and durable decking that matches up to local building codes and regulations.