It’s summer which means it’s time to get outdoors for grilling, dining, lounging and more!  So what’s stopping you?

Backyard Deck for Lounging, Grilling, Dining, by Archadeck

Backyard Deck for Lounging, Grilling, Dining, by Archadeck

Is your existing drab deck or plain patio preventing you from actually using your outdoor space?

Or is the problem bigger?

Is your backyard a barren wasteland and unconducive for lounging or entertaining… at all?

Well, you’ve come to the right place to either ‘fix-the-old’ or ‘design-the-new’ when it comes to outdoor living.

Let’s begin with some simple solutions to upgrade an existing deck or patio.

Eliminate ‘dreary’ with pops of seasonal color and accessories.

In today’s market, there’s no shortage of weather-resistant fabric for outdoor pillows, cushions, rugs or curtains.  So use them!

Summertime Colors for Outdoor Furniture by Casuwel

Summertime Colors for Outdoor Furniture by Casuwel

And container gardening on a deck or patio is all the rage.  Brightly colored, eye-popping plants and flowers will transform your outdoor space from ‘drab’ to ‘fab’ with minimal expense.

Wood Deck by Archadeck

Wood Deck by Archadeck

Next, add a little oomph with outdoor accessories such as throws, lanterns, wall art, mirrors, lighting, water or fire features.  You’ll instantly go from a ‘ho-hum’ to a ‘wow-worthy’ outdoor space.

Covered Deck by Archadeck with Colorful Furnishings and Accessories

Covered Deck by Archadeck with Colorful Furnishings and Accessories

Eliminate ‘uncomfortable’ with a cooling breeze or simple shade solutions.

Cool-things-down with an outdoor fan, mister or awning.  With upscale gadgets from specialty stores or practical amenities from big-box retailers, you can reduce the temperature on a deck or patio for a few hundred dollars or a few thousand dollars depending on the product you choose.

Brightly Colored Pergola Awning for Shade, by Archadeck

Brightly Colored Pergola Awning for Shade, by Archadeck

But what if your backyard space is a blank canvas?  You’re probably wondering, “Where do I start?  Deck?  Pergola?  Porch?  Patio?  A combination?” 

Outdoor Living Space with Deck, Gazebo, Patio, Outdoor Kitchen and Fire Pit, Project by Archadeck

Outdoor Living Space with Deck, Gazebo, Patio, Outdoor Kitchen and Fire Pit, Project by Archadeck

Whether you already have ideas or you’re starting from scratch, it’s best to begin with function in mind for what you need now and in the future.

First, think about what you’ll do in your new outdoor space.

Dine, cook and entertain?  Sunbathe, read, relax?  Watch TV or listen to music? Gather with friends or garden in solitude?  Would you like to use the space at night too?

Multifunctional Backyard Deck by Archadeck

Multifunctional Backyard Deck by Archadeck

Second, consider how a deck, porch or patio addition will work with outside elements AND the interior/exterior design of your home.

Sunshine or shade… or a little of each?   Enclosed protection from rain, wind and bugs or wide open spaces?  Enhance your view or block it?  What materials best complement your home’s style, inside and out?

And how about overall maintenance requirements?  Do you prefer man-made low maintenance materials or natural woods that require a little TLC?

Deck with Shade Pergola, Privacy, and Planters by Archadeck

Deck with Shade Pergola, Privacy, and Planters by Archadeck

Third, reflect on the logistics of size and location.

What is most appealing to you, a large or intimate space?  If you envision a large project, will you build everything-at-once or over-time, in stages?  Regarding placement, what works best… the backyard, side yard or front yard?

Small Backyard Deck by Archadeck

Small Backyard Deck by Archadeck

Forth, add plenty of details for the special people in your life or the special features you dream about.

Do you need security features for children, pets, or aging family members such as safety gates and lighting?  Built-in seating, planters or storage are always a plus.  And how about electrical outlets, gas lines or plumbing?

Deck with Built In Lighting, Benches and Security Gate, by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Deck with Built In Lighting, Benches and Security Gate, by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

In the end, better planning will always deliver better results for a stand-out project that will blend-in, perfectly, with your home and lifestyle.

Other resources and next steps

If you’d like to explore more ideas to upgrade an existing outdoor space or plan a new one, visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com  – you’ll find photo galleries, an online inquiry form, a video and free download for Archadeck’s design guide as well as social media links to our Pinterest, Google+ and Houzz pages.

If you’re ready to speak with a contractor for a deck, screened porch, pergola or other outdoor space and you reside in St. Louis Missouri, please consider Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County.  We’re locally owned and operated with offices in St. Louis West County and serve the entire Greater St. Louis region including St. Charles, St. Charles County and parts of Illinois too.

We’d love to answer your questions and meet with you, anytime – 636.227.0800.

Outside of St. Louis, visit archadeck.com or call toll-free 888-687-3325.

Low Maintenance Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Low Maintenance Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Sources

Coastal Living, porch.com, Casuwel, Houzz, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Beautiful Backyard Blog, Archadeck locations in West Central and Southwest Ohio, Raleigh/Durham, Virginia Beach, Central Connecticut, Metro West Boston, West Rhode Island, Suburban Boston.