Decks provide a versatile outdoor living area to relax, entertain guests, dine or simply enjoy the outdoors. With a deck, you can extend your usable living space and connect with nature without leaving your home. A raised deck can also add the bonus of more useful square footage to your outdoor space. Maximizing the unused space under a deck can significantly enhance an outdoor living area and improve the overall functionality of your backyard. Here are three under-deck ideas to help you make the most of this often-overlooked space.
Construct a functional storage area
If more storage space is needed, use the area under your deck to build a functional storage area. Install shelves, cabinets or storage bins to keep gardening tools, outdoor equipment, or seasonal items organized and out of sight. You can also hang hooks for hanging bikes, kayaks or other outdoor gear.
Close it off to unwanted pests
If your under-deck space is not large enough to set up as a functional space, it is often helpful if it is protected against critters. Closing off the under-deck area with lattice skirting or vinyl cladding will deter animals like raccoons, skunks, rodents and neighborhood cats from making a home under the low deck. Composite cladding is a lovely and more modern alternative to traditional lattice, but both make the under-deck space look more finished, adding some style to the deck rather than leaving an empty space underneath.
Turn it into a cozy outdoor living room
A large and finished under-deck area can double as an outdoor living room, turning one deck into two useful living spaces. The top of the deck offers a lovely spot to host dinners and parties on sunny days, while the under-deck patio can keep the party going if it starts raining or if you need a cooler, shaded spot to avoid intense summer sun. For this waterproof living space, your deck will require an effective deck drainage system. This upgrade is a system that captures and channels water away from your house, which keeps the area under your deck dry for a usable space.
To be safe, install weather-resistant furniture, such as sofas, chairs and coffee tables. Add some outdoor cushions, throw pillows and rugs to create a cozy atmosphere. You can also hang outdoor curtains or install outdoor blinds to create privacy and shade. String lights can make any dining space feel cozier and inviting.
If you think it's time to upgrade and "deck out" your outdoor space, now is the perfect time to get your project started. The summer busy season is winding down, which means quicker installation times for Maryland customers. Contact Fence & Deck Connection at 410-757-5511 to learn more about its many fence and deck options customizable to your needs.
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