A Higher Level
When you hear the word “deck,” what comes to mind? For many it is a builder-grade platform of pressure treated wood but today’s decks are so much more. Thanks to new material choices and construction methods employed by creative designers, decks can be used to construct exquisite outdoor living spaces. There are many reasons to choose to include a deck in a family’s outdoor living space. For homes that feature walk out basements it may be the most practical way to provide an entertainment area adjacent to from the main floor. Even when accessibility is not an issue, a deck will offer variation in elevation or texture. By using a deck to create a multi-level entertainment area outdoor rooms can be established for different purposes. Decking material often provides a more refined look that is a continuation of the home and is idea for dining areas.
Stone skirting was used so that this outdoor kitchen and dining area does not feel like a deck
Ipe is one of the densest hardwoods available, so dense that it doesn’t float in water. Like redwood, it has a natural oil that repels pests. It is also resistant to mildew and decay making it an ideal outdoor construction material. Sometimes referred to as Brazilian Walnut, its rich color lends a classic elegance to any space. Composite decking is another superior construction material that, in addition to being low maintenance, can be manipulated to create gentle curves. It is also available in a wide range of colors. It’s not just what is on the floor that makes today’s decks unique. They can also accommodate appliances not normally thought of as being compatible with wood such as grills, sinks and even fire features. Additional supports and well-planned design make it possible to include these amenities into cabinetry and fireplace units. These can feature stone veneer and granite countertops that add another unique texture, making the deck feel more like an extension of the home. Electric outlets, lighting, heaters and entertainment devices help to further blur the lines between indoors and out. Stone can also be used in ways that help to anchor a deck to the landscape. Rather than using bead board or lattice to enclose the space beneath their deck homeowners can choose to have a stone wall surrounding the base or even extend it above the surface of the deck to serve as railing while providing a greater sense of privacy. Other railing options allow for a design that compliments the homeowner’s style and preserve the view. No matter the goals of an outdoor living space, a deck can help to meet all of them while adding another dimension to the design.