Upgrade Your Deck By Adding Features

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.

Deck Shade And Cover Ideas

There’s nothing better than the feeling of the warm sun on your skin. Well, except when it starts getting too warm, and there’s no deck shade to retreat to. You don’t have to go indoors to seek shelter from the summer swelter. Adding a sun-protected space to your deck will allow you to enjoy the Michigan summer, without feeling the burn. 


A pergola can be either attached to your home, or it can be a free-standing structure. There are so many ways to decorate it, as well. From draping canopies for more cover to adding string lights, pergolas can add a bit of drama to liven up any backyard. 


Umbrellas are an easy way to create shade. Because many umbrellas are portable, you can move them wherever you need to. With so many different varieties and colors, it’s a great way to add some character to your outdoor space. 


Gazebos can provide much-needed protection from the sun, as well as a beautiful structure to add more flair to your outdoor space. Gazebo prices run the gamut, as do the styles. Varieties include ‘open-air’ gazebos, as well as ones with netting or curtains. 


Considered “Nature’s Canopy” for good reason. In this instance, they provide coverage from the sun when they are strategically placed around your deck. Avoid planting trees too close to your house, they can cause problems with the foundation. Also, once that shed too much, the foliage and the fluids can cause damage to the deck planks. 


Canopies are as versatile as they are easy. There are many pop up canopies available, making them extremely portable. Canopies are also very low maintenance, as well as removable. 

Tiki-thatched Roof 

Capture an island vibe with a thatched roof strategically placed over a sitting area. Chill with a cocktail and enjoy the comfort of your tropical backyard vacay. 

Screens or Awnings

There are a variety of screens available that will give your deck some sun relief. Some, you can set up manually. Others are more complex so you’ll need to hire a professional. 
At Titan Decks, we can create your dream backyard, from decks to deck shade. Give us a call for your free contactless in-home estimate.

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