The appeal of the great outdoors is never quite as strong as it is in summer. With the gorgeous greenery all around us and the wonderful weather, can anyone blame us for not wanting to spend our days closed off in a room, no matter how luxurious or comfortable it is?
With that in mind, the great advantage and luxury of having a yard of your own cannot be ignored.
At RealtyWW we know that it provides you with a multitude of decoration and creativity opportunities, from giving your children a safe place to play in, to creating a classy entertaining area. This is especially true if the heart of your yard is a deck – you get all the benefits of the outdoors, with almost none of the downsides such as mud or some of the creepy-crawlies, namely slugs and rain worms.
Of course, your deck will require some adjustments and fixes year over year, just to be on the safe side, so here are some ideas of how to make your deck perfect for the summer.
Make sure it’s safe
Without regard to the main purpose of the deck, you’ll want to make sure it’s safe enough for your or your guests to use it. The best time for inspecting your deck is before you get to furnish and enjoy it, or in other words, as the seasons change.
You need to pay attention to several aspects of safety, but the most important one is rot. If not properly treated, it can cause thousands in damage.
Conduct a thorough inspection of the wood, and if you find any rotting parts, deal with them as soon as possible. If the problem is too much for you to handle, don’t hesitate to get an expert to help you out.
Whatever you do, don’t ignore the rot, as it can cause quite a lot of trouble. Another problem, though not such a serious one, is mold, so look for that as well.
Don’t forget sun-proofing
Or, in other words, create some shade. If you live in a warm place that gets a lot of sunlight, protection is imperative.
Keeping in mind all the harmful effects the Sun has on people’s health, you probably wouldn’t want to expose your guests to too many of those rays. In warmer climates, the heat can be uncomfortable, so some shade always comes in handy.
There are several ways to approach this problem: you can get a nice patio umbrella or a colorful shade sail. Alternatively, you can find a fancy folding arm awnings to protect you from the heat and provide an unusual charm for your deck or even metal pergolas.
Make it comfortable
Find some comfy outdoor furniture for your deck. Get the items that you really want, and if it’s a hanging chair that’s caught your eye, so be it. Style it the way you want – huge pillows are always a good choice, and a carpet makes everything more inviting.
If that is not your cup of tea, and you don’t particularly care for having to take everything inside and outside all the time, go for a minimalistic approach. The important thing is that your deck works for you, not that it looks like a page out of a magazine but of course, there’s nothing wrong if you can make it happen.
However, you’ll want it to be inviting as well, so you’ll want to spend all your free time there. So make sure the furniture you pick is nice and comfortable, as well as practical.
Take care of the lighting
It’s hard to enjoy those summer nights properly if you can’t see anything, so it’s important to have the appropriate lighting as well. There are many options to consider, from hanging lights to simple lamps or even romantic candlelight. Find the one that will flatter your deck the most. Let your imagination go wild, as a deck is the perfect place to show your creativity and passion.
You can make decorative lighting on the rail, or you can install little floor lights. Play around with the combination of little lights and deck stones for and added fairy-tale effect. The possibilities are endless, especially when you need to boost the curb appeal of your driveway.
Add some colors
You don’t have to paint your whole deck bright blue, but some brightly colored details go a long way. Place some vibrant purple cushions around, or find some yellow details to brighten the space. Be mindful of the effects colors have on your mood, and plan your space accordingly. You want the space to inspire your creative work? Go with purple. You want to relax and unwind? Blue and green are the obvious choices. Even if you don’t believe in the psychological benefits of colorful spaces, you can’t deny that colors make everything a bit happier, so don’t be afraid to mix things up a little bit. It’s one of the things that influence first-time buyers the most.
Your deck can be a place you’ll look forward to after a long day of work. It can be a place you’ll impress your friends with, it can be a playground for your kids or it can be your escape from everyday life. Adapt your deck to your needs, and spoil yourself with a little piece of fairy-tail right there in your backyard. Dazzle around and let your creativity run free. There is nothing quite like a cosy and welcoming outdoor area.
October 23, 2018