5 Ways to Use Your Under Deck Patio

If you have a raised deck, chances are there’s an empty space under it waiting to be used. Using this space can maximize your backyard space, letting you get the most out of the land you have. Since the area is sheltered by the deck, there are plenty of potential uses. Whether you want to create storage space or use the area for social gatherings, under deck patios give you the opportunity to be creative in how you use your outdoor space.

1. Under Deck Storage

This is a great solution for homes that lack enough storage space. If you are a family of camping or outdoor enthusiasts, you likely have a lot of equipment cluttering up your home or garage. Moving those items to the under deck area can free up a lot of space in your home. To make it adequate storage space, you’ll need to make it more secure and protected against the elements. Installing a shed or adding walls to keep out rain and damaging sunlight will help keep your items safe.

2. Create a Screened-In Porch

Climates with mild weather can benefit from a screened porch, which gives you a place to relax with the breeze and the freshness of the outdoors while keeping pests out. With a screened porch, you can choose a mesh fineness and metal type for the screens. A finer mesh will keep out smaller bugs, so you can select one depending on the size of bugs you expect to find in your backyard. The best thing about a screened porch is letting the sunlight and fragrant air come in while remaining sheltered from the elements.

3. Add a Playground

The under deck area is ideal for a child’s play area. Even if there’s not enough space for adults to stand or sit comfortably, a children’s play area may fit perfectly into the space. Your children and their visitors will love crawling through tunnels or playing house within the area. For extra safety and more visibility, add lighting so you can keep an eye on them. It’ll also be helpful to see clearly into the under deck area at night, for home safety and security reasons.

4. Under Deck Oasis System

An under deck drainage system will collect rainwater in the space below your deck, and above the ceiling of the under deck area. It then directs the rainwater into a gutter, preventing it from soaking into the ceiling below. The system is designed with sloped metal panels that lead into the rain gutter. The Under Deck Oasis helps you make better use of the area below your deck, preserving it so you can use it to entertain without having unsightly water stains or drips from above.

5. Set Up a Grill and Seating

Grilling doesn’t just have to be for summer and parties. Channel your passion for cooking into an outdoor cooking space perfect for warm weather. The most common features found in outdoor kitchen areas are:

  • Counter space
  • Grill
  • Sink

These three appliances will give you the space you need to create delicious meals for your family, from kebabs to burgers. Add seating to take the meal outdoors completely.

These under deck patio ideas are only some of your options for designing a feature that will benefit your family and make the most of your backyard space. Under deck patio areas let you get creative, so design something that reflects your family’s lifestyle. All Exteriors LLC can help you make those ideas a reality, contact us today to get started.

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Best Backyard Improvements that Add Value to Your Home

With spring finally upon us, many homeowners are looking forward to celebrating warmer weather with spring dinner parties, summer barbecues, and evenings spent relaxing in a backyard haven. Livable outdoor spaces are becoming increasingly trendier, making our yards an extension of the home rather than just a plot of land we have to mow once a week. If you would like to spend more quality time in your backyard, here are the best backyard improvements that add value to your homes.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Having an outdoor living space has become not just trendy, but a characteristic of all the best homes listed on the market today. These spaces can be as simple as an open patio, or as elaborate as an outdoor area that’s practically an extension of the house, with a roof, columns, and a fireplace. Outdoor living spaces should be tastefully decorated and offer a space that’s as comfortable and inviting as if they really were part of the house. A patio company such as All Exteriors can discuss your ideas and help you come up with something you’ll love.

Outdoor Kitchen

Just as outdoor living spaces are trending, so are outdoor kitchens. These spaces go beyond a simple barbecue grill and offer prep space, an oven and grill, and even refrigerators and wine coolers. The idea is to have everything you need for entertaining right there at your fingertips. A contractor or home renovations company can talk to you about your options and help you decide how elaborate of an outdoor kitchen you want.

Low-Maintenance Landscaping

No matter what the current trends are, updating your landscaping is one of the top tips for boosting your home’s value. Even more importantly, it adds beauty and makes you happy to look at and spend time in. Unless gardening is your hobby, opt for low-maintenance hedges, perennials, and trees, and cut back on grass for the amount of maintenance and water it requires to continue looking nice.

Privacy Fencing

Your backyard haven isn’t going to feel as much like a sanctuary if you feel you’re on display. Landscaping can create a feeling of seclusion, but the best way to ensure your privacy is to call a fencing company such as All Exteriors about having a privacy fence installed. Attractive, high-quality fencing will also increase curb appeal and add value to your home.

With warmer weather just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about backyard improvement ideas and tips for adding value to your home. In just a couple of short months, you’ll be wanting to use that space to relax or entertain, so contact All Exteriors today and start turning your plans into action!

Feature image: Jamie Hooper