Decks are a great outdoor addition that adds extra space, value and boost overall lifestyle quality. Most decks focus on a larger and more spacious design, but not all yards are so accommodating. If you have a small yard, designing a small deck with the right features can optimize and improve your space for outdoor living.
Shipley Construction in Edmonton is a professional general contractor that offers interior and exterior renovations. They share some design tips for building a small deck with big value:
Start with your needs
Like any deck design, start by thinking of what goals you have for your new deck. For example, is it a space to soak up some sun, entertain friends, or just eat outdoors now and again? If you like to entertain, you’ll want to plan a nook for that BBQ or grill without cramping any seating. Or focus on a layout that maximizes a cozy, intimate space for relaxation and comfort for a quiet reading spot. By starting with your wants and goals, you’ll be able to work with your contractor to create a design plan that meets them.
Make the design in sync
An essential part of good deck design is ensuring that the house, deck, and yard all look in sync. The best way to ensure that is by using similar materials or layouts when designing the addition. Focus on complementary paint colours or use the same dark work as your home to build the deck. That way, the two spaces will feel connected, have good flow, and not like two disjointed areas. Another tip is to build the deck where an opening is already available, like a back door or connection from the kitchen. Not only does it save extra construction costs, but you benefit from that sense of flow from the interior to the exterior living spaces.
Reduce visual clutter
Larger decks have more room for extra additions like privacy screens with plants, a set seating area, a snazzy grill and so on. With a small deck, you don’t have much room for such visual freedom. Too many additions and features will make the space feel cramped and cluttered. Instead, focus on what additions make the most sense or will have the most use. Add an arbour, for example, if you want a cozy setting, liven up your deck or incorporate some greenery. Or, you could create bar-like seating with a narrow table running along with one of the railings. Only add as much furniture as you will actually use or need for your family’s size.
General Contractors in Edmonton
Shipley Construction provides high-quality and stunning transformative renovations for both interior and exterior projects. Their team is fully trained, insured, and experienced in handling any project, big or small. Whether you’re upgrading the kitchen or putting in a new deck, you can trust the quality work and service provided by their skilled team.