About a year ago, I could tell that our home project was a little delayed. Our team of contractors had been struggling to work with some of their providers, so I decided to work with another team altogether. It was really frustrating, but I could tell that it was the right call to make. After we made the transition, the new staff got right to work addressing some of the most serious concerns. I wanted to create a blog all about understanding construction delays so that other people could see how difficult it can be to resolve them on your own. Check it out!
If you want to extend your new home's living space out into the backyard, then a large custom deck is the perfect answer. Wooden decks are a stylish way to add a bit of warmth and a lot of functional space to your yard. They aren't as cold and impersonal as a concrete patio and provide a lot softer place for your children to play.
While you may envision a simple, square deck that isn't visually appealing, today's custom deck builders have many optional upgrades that can add some serious designer flair to the structure.
Four of the best residential deck upgrades include:
1. Beautiful Custom Post Caps
Typically, the health and safety building codes will require you to put a railing around your new deck. Rather than looking at rows of plain, ugly posts, have your builder install some designer custom post caps. Adding custom post caps will completely change the overall look and style of the deck.
2. Low-Voltage LED Deck Lighting Systems
To make your new deck look amazing at night, you can have your deck builder install an LED lighting system. LED lights use very low voltage, so you can light up your deck like a Christmas tree without running up your power bills. And, you can opt to keep them all white or go with multi-colored bulbs that allow you to easily change their colors.
3. Privacy Railings or Fences
If your neighbors have two-story homes and can look out their windows into your new deck space, then installing a privacy railing or fence around the deck can prevent it. If you love the look of an open deck and only have a neighbor on one side, then consider having your deck builder install a privacy fence or railing on just that one side of the deck.
4. Built-In Planters with Benches
One of the nicest aspects of decks that have been in place for many years is they are often ringed with mature bushes and other landscaping. When building a deck around a new home without mature landscaping already in place, you can simulate this look and tie the deck into the landscaping by building in planters around its perimeter. If you plant a few larger plants inside the new planters, then it will appear the deck has been there longer than it actually has.
Finally, by building out the top of each planter wide enough for people to sit on, you can easily create instant seating. This will be really nice when you entertain because you won't have to drag out a ton of chairs.