|Posted by decksandeffects on May 6, 2010 at 4:03 PM|
Deck Lites is a small blog about local and national news regarding the construction, upkeep and enjoyment of decks.
With all of the homebuilding and remodeling shows that occur every year, in addition to the 24 hour influx of information from channels such as "HGTV," homeowners continue to think bigger and strive to enhance their outdoor living space with amenities like kitchens, fireplaces, firepits, pools, spas, pergolas and bars. The typical deck is becoming a major design factor, particularly when remodeling a home.
Because of the recent economic downturn, individuals are traveling less for vacations, instead, embracing the idea of "staycations." Homeowners want a year-round atmosphere of a spa retreat, night time hotspot or a resort pool at home. What better way to spend your money, than investing in your own home?
As the economy starts to recover, we have seen a significant up-tick in requests from homeowners who want a new deck or want to update an existing deck to include an outdoor entertaining/living area.
Here are some of the latest trends in decks that can help you create an exciting backyard retreat:
Increased Square Footage
The simple 10x20 deck will no longer do. People are building decks that can occasionally rival the square footage of thier main floor indoor living!
Using your Deck all Year
Homeowners are extending their deck usage well beyond the spring and summer by utilizing firepits, fireplaces and that extra deck space for outdoor Christmas decorations!
Another huge trend is creating an outdoor kitchen that goes beyond the typical grill. A kitchen that incorporates additional cooktop surfaces, cabinets, countertops, refrigerators and sinks can accomodate small evening gatherings to large summer parties!
Probably one of the hottest trends besides the outdoor kitchen, pergolas come in a multitude of shapes and sizes and are the perfect topping to the outdoor living space! No structures to take down, no canopies to wash and best of all - no fear of the wind destroying your deck cover!
Additional deck trends:
Ultra-low maintenance decking
Deck railing accessories