You’ve already picked out your decking surface and rail. Now it’s time to take your outdoor living area to the next level. I have compiled some great options to finish off your project.
1. Outdoor Cabinets:
The picture above is from the Trex Outdoor Kitchens product line. You can bring the comforts and organization from inside your home to the outside. Cabinets, boxes, and benches will make your outdoor space look as put together as the inside of your home.
2. Deck and Rail Lighting:
Life doesn’t have to end just because the sun goes down. By adding lighting to your outdoor space you can extend the party into the evening. Most major deck brands have their own lighting programs that can be incorporated into your deck.
3. Curved Decking and Railing:
Curved decking and rail is an expensive upgrade, but it really can give your deck the wow factor. If you are interested in a curved deck design you will need a contractor who specializes in the bending process.
- Trex Custom Curve
- Dr Decks – This deck contractor is out of Washington State, but visit his website for some really great ideas.
Keep your children and pets safe with a gate for your railing. You will find that the color selections for gates are limited and most only come with a 5 year warranty. Expect to pay between $500 – $700 for a single gate.
5. Under Deck Drainage:
Do you have a walk out basement or maybe just want to add some extra space for sitting in the shade? If your deck is high enough off the ground you can create usable living space under the deck. I will list two options below, but Trex Rain Escape is my favorite. One important note about RainEscape, it must be installed before you decking goes down.
6. Foundation Stucco:
Does your home’s foundation look like crap?
Do you have annoying things like foundation tar, rust marks, pitted surfaces, poorly formed corners, etc? These can be eyesores and detract from the beautiful deck you built.
I recommend you have Tri-State Stucco come and truly finish off your outdoor space. The home on the left in the image above was done for around $2500. That was 800 square feet of foundation wall.
What one step can you take today?
If you are planning a deck project and need my assistance, please reach out through my contact page. If you are looking for a contractor, you will want to read my article on the best deck contractors in Cincinnati.