Decks. Sometimes they’re purely functional, and not very exciting to look at. But, that doesn’t have to be the case. You can take the most basic deck and elevate it into a conversation piece. Learn how to take your deck from drab to fab with features you can add yourself or through a deck builder like Michigan-based Titan Decks.
Plan Out The Spaces
Your deck can be set up similarly to how your house is. By space planning, you can create designated areas for dining and relaxing. Add an outdoor rug to the sitting area to add more depth and visual appeal. Place an outdoor dining set close to the grill and you have a functional outdoor dining room.
If your deck has space underneath, perhaps it’s above your walkout lower level, consider adding a concrete slab for more seating and storage.
Add Some Shade
It can get hot out there on your deck. Think about adding a shade structure such as an arbor, awning, or pergola. Not only will it create a cozy, shaded spot to protect you from those beating rays, it will also add visual interest to the area.
A screened porch also allows you to enjoy the outdoors, with protection from the elements.
Throw in a hot tub, and no one will ever want to leave.
Light It Up
Add some ambiance with lighting. Lead guests up the deck stairs with a lit path. Hang string lights around your shade structure. There are so many different lighting options to give oomph to your outdoor space.
Just Add Green
Potted flowers and vines can add that bold splash of color. Big, leafy plants can give your deck a tropical feel. Just by adding plants and flowers, you can create a deck oasis rivaling a tropical rainforest. Just add forest animals for the perfect effect. Whatever features you’re looking for to make your deck snappy, give Titan Decks a call. Metro-Detroit’s premier decking company located in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Adding garden elements to your deck gives it a highly visual appeal, as well as creating a functional addition. Whether it’s because you don’t have a backyard conducive to plant growth, or you simply want to decorate, growing a garden on your deck is fun and easy.
Vegetable and Fruit Garden
Space isn’t an issue when growing a vegetable garden on your deck. You can purchase containers at any home or garden shop, along with the proper potting mix soil. Because vegetables are considered ‘heavy feeders’, they ingest a lot of the fertilizers which means you’ll have to add it frequently.
Good deck-growing fruits and veggies are:
Various salad greens
Fruit trees conducive to your climate
There are many other fruits and vegetables not listed that could easily be grown on your deck.
Remember to keep them spaced out so they have room to grow, and water frequently. Then, enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labor.
Arranging potted plants and flowers around your deck can tie the indoors and outdoors together. Create bursts of color and peaceful green spaces by planting and arranging different shapes and sized containers of plants.
First, be mindful of shade and sun areas so you’ll know what types of plants will thrive in those spots.
Sunny spots, you can place tropical plants and other full sun-friendly flowers.
Shady spots are loved by green, leafy plants like elephant ears and coleus.
If it’s scents you’re after, consider roses, jasmine, lavender, or hyacinths, to name a few.
Flowering herbs such as thyme and sage are both practical and beautiful.
All your guests will surely marvel over how your garden grows.
Small-space Deck Gardens
Tight spaces on your deck aren’t a problem! You just need to be a little more creative in your plant placement.
Hanging gardens: Suspend your plant containers. Using small pots and some rope, you can create beautiful hanging gardens that don’t take up any usable space.
Repurposed ladder: An old wooden ladder can make a perfect place for potted plants.
Pocket Planters: There are planters available that are hangable pockets. Hang them on a vertical surface, and add plants.
Stacked Planters: From large to small, stack the planters after the potting soil has been added. Grow flowering herbs or small flowers. You can also use steel tubs for this.
Trellis: For a nice accent piece, add a trellis with flowering vines winding its way up and around it.