Many homeowners, whether pre- or post-construction, choose to add porches and decks onto the main structure of their home. Decks increase the amount of living space available to you and your family and open up new possibilities for entertaining guests. Consider a few pieces of advice that may help you design an outdoor space that will fit your needs precisely.

  1. Capitalize on Available Space

As you think about the structural layout of your deck, consider how much space you have available and how you can best use that space. For one-level homes with a large backyard, it may be a good idea to pour a slab of concrete to create a ground-level patio. Multi-level homes present additional options, such as a raised deck supported by stilts or a floating rooftop deck.

  1. Plan for Plenty of Outlets

Especially if you are building your outdoor living space during the construction of the rest of your home, be sure to allow for your deck’s electrical needs. Many people use their patio to grill food, sit in a hot tub or to read by lamplight. All of these activities require electricity, so remember to install more than enough outlets.

  1. Make It Functional

Depending on the type of climate you live in, there may be some factors that make it less agreeable to be outside. Perhaps your home is in a hot and humid environment or a very cold one. Bugs may also be an issue for you. You will be much more likely to use your deck if you account for these potential problems. For example, consider temperature solutions such as fans or fire pits. To keep bugs away, it might be a good idea to install screens.

  1. Invest in Furnishings

Once your deck has been built, you can begin the fun process of finding just the right furniture and appliances to make this space your own. Some items you may want to consider purchasing include a large table for gatherings, chairs with removable cushions and even potted or hanging plants.

The ability to spend time outside opens up so many opportunities for you and your family. Whether you need a quiet moment to relax or a space to have a summer barbeque, building a deck is an investment that will benefit you year after year. Take some time to think through the design of your outdoor space carefully so you can begin enjoying it right away.