We all know that getting outside is a great way to practice self-care and destress after a long day, but if you don’t have a relaxing retreat that you look forward to spending time in, there’s little incentive to head outdoors. That’s why it’s so important to make your backyard living space somewhere you actually want to visit. If you have a deck, some small adjustments can transform this area into an extension of your home, especially when you choose cohesive design elements.
Backyard decks come in a variety of layouts and materials. Though wood is the most traditional medium for a deck, more modern wood composite materials, like Trex, have become popular in recent years. Regardless of what your deck is made from, maintaining the materials is important in terms of safety and aesthetics. If your deck is already in good shape and just needs some upgrades and updates to make it more enticing, consider the cosmetic changes that are available to you: A fresh coat of paint or a new stain are easy, affordable upgrades that really can make a major difference. Remember that it’s easier to do these updates on clean, dry, empty surfaces, so make sure there hasn’t been any recent rain and that none is expected in the very near future. And though these types of minor changes can certainly be taken on as DIY projects, you’ll find that there are many professionals who specialize in these repairs (and more advanced ones) should you want to go that route.
Once your backyard deck is in tip-top condition, consider bringing in elements that’ll help make your time spent outdoors more enjoyable. You don’t want to have to compete with indoor distractions like screens and climate control, so make sure that your deck has something to offer that your indoor spaces don’t, like access to nature and wildlife. If you do want to compete with indoor comforts like heating and cooling, we have a few ideas for you, too.
In the end, the goal is to tailor your deck—and all backyard living spaces—to your family’s needs. Think about what you like to do together, then let the design flow from there.