Long gone are the days of simple, one-level square decks. These days, you don’t have to be a professional to design a deck that will impress. Here are three easy ways to add accessories to your deck to create the outdoor living space you’ve always dreamed of.
Install railing that goes above and beyond
Although railing is a standard requirement on many decks, it can be used for more than just safety. You can take advantage of this feature by designing a deck with railing that stands out from the crowd.
Some decking manufacturers, like ChoiceDek, offer railing options that match the color of their deck boards, and using these products on your deck will result in a beautiful, uniform deck that is sure to stand the test of time. This isn’t the only option, though. With an expanding market of available products, you can also easily mix and match colors and materials for a completely custom design.
Find lighting that illuminates your entire yard
Deck lights are a nice upgrade that add value to the time you are able to spend on your deck, and good lighting on and around a deck can be the first step to spending your summer evenings enjoying the warmer weather.
Now, more than ever, there are a plethora of easy-to-install lighting options available. Traditional post lights or cap lights can be complemented by strip lights hidden under a handrail. Adding bullet or recessed lights along stairs will help keep your guests safe without sacrificing style.
Use landscape elements as a perfect complement to your deck
As you choose railing and lighting options, you may begin to think of other ways to upgrade your deck. Extending a traditional one-level deck into other areas of your backyard will give your outdoor living space the visual appeal of a luxurious oasis.
In larger spaces, water elements or backyard boardwalks can make something out of any unused areas and extend the use of your deck. You can also design around any existing landscape elements you have. Products like ChoiceDek composite decking, which can be installed with ground or water contact, can be easily curved to work around trees or gardens, giving you the opportunity to customize a deck that is sure to impress.