Don’t you think it’s time to transition your summer deck from having fun in the sun to a cozy hotspot? Fall is just the ideal time to gather out with the family to enjoy the cool breeze, watch your favorite series when the stars are up, and listen to the birds, which can be so cozy.
Whether your outdoor space is grandiose or small, you can actually turn it into an oasis. The good news is it doesn’t take much time, effort, or money to create a dreamy deck idea that emulates an exotic vacation.
Having furniture alone on your deck isn’t enough. You can change your outdoor space into a magical cozy place by adding a beautifully designed pergola, bright lights, heating accessories, a minibar, multi-colored cushions on the couch, and a small outdoor rug to make your deck homey.
What accessories should I put in my decking area?
Grill and meal prep space
Beautiful lamp lights
Outdoor plants and Flowers
Mini outdoor bar
Firepit or bowl
Adding a pergola
A dining area
How do I turn my deck into an oasis?
Remember your deck is an ideal place to have fun, entertainment, and relaxing outdoors. Here’s what you need to turn your deck into an oasis.
Make your deck brighter with multi-colored décor
I’m sure you’ll agree with me that your deck doesn’t have to be too monochromic; get colorful furniture and place them on your deck to brighten your deck space. Paint your fences with bright colors get rainbow fabrics to have a fashionable decking space. Sunlight reflection on these bright colors makes your decking more inviting, cozy, and romantic.
Get outdoor plants and flowers to make your décor fancy.
Natural plants are great for decorations and beneficial to the health, but they could also attract insects, so sometimes you might need to get faux flowers to make your space cozy and suit your décor colors. You may want to rotate the flowers seasonally to suit your table plates and cushions, leaving your space all cozy.
Add a fire pit or bowl.
Adding a flame to your outdoor space will give it that cozy ambiance. It is amazing how the flames give your deck a twinkling warmth and a perfectly cozy atmosphere as twilight approaches. Using flameless candles too is a great alternative to fire flames in a pot or bowl. Well, either give that comfy ambiance. Many people abandon their outdoor deck space when it’s fall but keeping it warm with fire accessories creates a cozy space to rival your living room.
A mini outdoor bar
Creating a small beverage space will definitely turn your deck into a suitable spot for all-the-time entertainment. You can get a shelving unit for storing glassware and serving drinks. Getting your own small bar outdoor is a vibe, and you’ll be sure that the music is just as good as the drinks your serving. Simply revamp a metal shelve unit by adding wood pallets into an outdoor bar to get that cozy ambiance.
Have many pillows
Using plenty and colorful pillows on your outdoor chairs helps reiterate your décor. Get a collection of bright fabrics to make pillow covers for yourself, friends, and family so they could get to linger along the edge of your deck longer with soft, colorful cushions.
Install a pergola
Installing a pergola not only turns your exposed bare deck into a beautiful, inviting outdoor room but also provides shade from direct sun rays and privacy in your outdoor space. Though it can help shield you from the sun, a pergola still maintains that open feel of the outdoor space. It is also a huge asset if you intend to sell your home as we’ve had some customers testify.
Add an outdoor rug
Get an all-weather, durable, stain-resistant, and easy-to-clean attractive outdoor rug that is cozy and can break up a monotonous floor space. A floor rug too can be used to delineate a dining area from a lounge space on your deck.
Decks are not just for daytime; paying attention to lighting will make your outdoor space as inviting as it were indoors. If you want to maximize the time spent outdoors, get good string lights along the pergola, place flameless candles on the table, or solar lights. Trust me; lighting will transform your outdoor space into an oasis; it leaves your space all cozy, enchanting, and romantic, a magical place to feel warmth and love.
Create a little space for a dining and a grill
Having dinner with family or a loved one when the stars are up is such a vibe. Get a waterproof table and chairs for your dining. Make sure the furniture you select is an all-weather product as it will need to be water-resistant. Creating a little space for your grill next to the dining will definitely turn your deck into an oasis, and of course, you’ll be barbecuing in no time. Invest a little to get that cozy ambiance on your deck.
Add at least one fun feature
if you want your deck area cozy and enjoyable, be sure to add a fun feature. This could include creating a cinema space, a playset for kids, an inflatable hot tub for relaxation, a hammock for swinging, or a small game area. Adding such fun features will give the feeling of your own personal outdoor oasis.
Is it expensive to create an outdoor space?
You can make your outdoor space cozy with a tight budget. Setting up your outdoor space and making it cozy with the use of some accessories and furniture will cost you like $100. Maybe you want to add up a fireplace and a kitchen space, depending on how luxurious you want the space to look. You could be looking at $2000 or more. Note that investing in your outdoor space could add value to your property when you eventually want to move.
Thinking of transforming your deck into an oasis? Well, if you are located in Northern Colorado/ Southern Wyoming, feel free to give us a call today at 970-663-2868 or visit the deck service page and fill out the contact form to make an appointment to discuss your next home improvement project.
A deck is a great addition to any home. It will give you a place to hang out with your friends and enjoy the fresh air. You can add a grill, creating an amazing outdoor cooking experience. Plus, you’ll be adding value to your home.
But you want to make sure that the deck will fit with your lifestyle. Because of this, you’ll need to make sure that you are designing it correctly. At first, this can be intimidating. Thankfully, there are lots of tips you can use to help you stay on the right track.
Think About How You Intend to Use the Deck
The best place to start is by thinking about the way that you want to use the deck. This will affect every other decision you make, as you want to create the most functional space. Some of the most popular reasons why people want to get a deck include:
Outdoor dining space
A place to relax in the sunshine
Multi-purpose deck, combining all of these elements
This is the most fun part of the process. Think about your dream deck and what you will be doing on it. Will there be deck chairs to relax? Or are you planning to have a dining table and eat meals with your family?
During this time, it can help to have a look through social media for inspiration. Look at the decks that you like. Take note of the layout they are using. At this stage, you’re just looking to settle on the way the deck will be used. We can worry about specifics later.
It’s also a good idea to get a clear idea of how many people are going to be on the deck. Are you planning on huge parties? Or just a quiet get-together with a few friends? This will affect how large the deck will need to be.
Decide Where to Put the Deck
After you’ve decided that you are going to get a deck, the next question becomes where you are going to put it. This will often depend on the type of property you have. There are a few elements to consider when making this choice.
First, it’s a good idea to think about which side of the house you want the deck to go on. Sometimes, the positions of the doors will decide this aspect for you. At other times, you might have to consider adding a door. You will need to talk to your builder about the prospect of doing this.
It’s also a good idea to take a look at the surrounding landscape. Is there a spectacular view that you want to take advantage of? In this case, you might want to raise the deck for a better view.
Are there any trees or natural features? Just because a tree is growing in the area doesn’t mean that you can’t build a deck. You can put a hole in the middle of the deck for the tree to grow through. This can be a great way of getting some natural shade.
Getting the Right Deck Size
Now we can move into one of the most contentious issues, how large you want the deck to be. There is no hard and fast rule on deck sizing. But there are a few questions you can ask to find the right deck size.
How Will You Use the Deck?
This is the most important sizing element. If you want to get a deck for lounging and soaking up the sun, you might only need something relatively small. All you’ll need is space for some deckchairs and maybe a table for your drinks. On the other hand, if you want an entertaining space, you’ll need to get a bigger deck, so everyone will be able to fit.
As a general rule, it’s a good idea to give each person around 20 square feet of space. This will ensure that everyone can move around comfortably without bumping into each other.
What Furniture Will Be On the Deck?
Think about the type of furniture that will be on the deck and roughly how big the pieces will be. Also, consider any other items you want to include, like a grill. Online stores will tell you the dimensions in the product specifications, so you don’t need to carry around a tape measure.
General Sizing Rules
There are a few other things to keep in mind when deciding how big the deck will be. You often want to stick to a deck that is a maximum of 20 percent of the square footage of the house. This stops it from visually overwhelming the house.
Usually, a small deck will be eight feet by eight feet. The average is around 12 feet by 12 feet. Though, if you have the space, you can go bigger. For example, a 16 by 12-foot desk might be a good choice for those looking for a space to entertain guests. If in doubt, it’s best to get a larger deck. You won’t regret having a little extra room, but you will have problems if the deck is too small.
When deciding how big you want the deck to be, it’s best to consult with a professional. Your builder will be able to help you assess the property and find the best deck size moving forward.
Get the Right Deck Shape
Once you’ve decided on the size, the next big thing to decide is what shape you are going to get. Again, this will boil down to what you are looking for in a deck. Let’s look at some options that you can explore.
The most common shape will be rectangular. This is the easiest to build. Though there are a few ways that you can spice it up. You can add circular sections. These can be a good place for having conversations. A circular section can also prove useful if you are thinking about adding a spa.
Another way that you can make the shape of your deck unique is by adding more angles. When done right, this can prove to be visually striking, helping to set your deck apart. As we’ll discuss later, it can be helpful to use a CAD rendering. This gives you a good idea of what the deck will look like. You can experiment with changing the size and shape.
Finding What Elements to Include
A deck should complement your lifestyle. There are a few ways that you can do this, depending on how you plan on using it. For example, you might want to get an outdoor kitchen. You ask if these elements can be built into the deck.
Consider the Lighting
The next thing to consider is the way you are going to light your deck. Again, there are lots of options that you can explore. You might want to wire electric lights into the ceiling. Fluorescent lights will provide a lot of illumination. Or you can use downlights for a spotlight glow. Wall sconces can be attached to the house.
If you aren’t going to use it at night, you can use lanterns or some fairy lights. These can run on solar power. Though it’s not a long-term solution, you can use candles to set a romantic atmosphere.
Create a Private Space
While you might be creating an elevated space, you don’t want all the neighbors to be watching you lazing about in your underwear. Because of this, you should be designing your deck with privacy in mind.
There are a few ways you can keep the deck as your private zone. First, you can have natural foliage, like trees or hedges, to help obscure the view. If this isn’t possible, you might want to consider using a privacy screen. This can be installed yourself, often within a few minutes.
Think About Shade
The next thing to consider is how you will be shading the deck. After all, you don’t want to be getting sunburnt during the summer months. This shade can also provide some protection from the wind and the rain.
There are a few options that you might want to explore. For example, you have an established tree. You can allow this to grow up through the middle of the deck. The leaves will provide shade. It’ll also provide a focal point and prove to be a conversation starter.
If you don’t already have trees, you can transplant some from your local nursery. Within a few years, you will have a reliable source of shade for generations to come.
Another option is to use a patio umbrella, rather than some permeant structure. This will save you money while allowing you to enjoy the summer sun. If you want a more long-term solution, you can install shade sails. You might even want to use rolling shades. These look beautiful and you will be able to install them yourself.
The best and arguably the most appealing option is to install a more permanent roof over the deck. A good example of this is a pergola. Though this can be a more expensive option when compared to a large umbrella, it will last for a long time. Your builder can talk you through some permeant shade options that you can explore. If you live in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, TNT can be that builder.
Pick the Right Decking Material
There are lots of decking materials that you can choose from, each with its own unique sets of pros and cons. For example, wood is a natural material and will have a beautiful color. But it will take a lot of work to maintain. You’ll need to seal it once a year.
Because of this, it’s best to get a deck that is made from TimberTech’s composite material. There are plenty of benefits that this material can provide. It looks like natural wood, but it will be sealed so you don’t need to worry about the risks of moisture and mold. Because of this, it will last for a long time. Even better, it’s made from recycled materials.
Consider the View From Inside the House
It can become easy to focus on what you can see from the deck. But it can be easy to overlook what you will be able to see when you are inside the house. You don’t want to have the indoor windows blocked by unsightly things like railings or supports for the decking.
Sometimes, you will be able to change some aspects of the deck to avoid these problems. For example, you might be able to lower the deck. Or you can use glass railings, so you can see through them.
Know Your Budget
It’s important to make sure that you have a clear understanding of your budget. This means that there are some features that you might not be able to get. For example, you might not be able to create a curved area on your deck.
But that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get a nice deck. At TNT Home Improvement, we know that not every client will be Warren Buffet. Because of this, we pride ourselves on offering a service that will be able to suit any budget type.
Blend the Deck and the Yard
Moving between the deck and the house should be a seamless experience. The same should be for moving between the house and the yard. There are a few ways that you can do this. You can include stairs, leading down into the yard.
You can also use some landscaping elements to help tie the deck into the yard. For example, you can create a path, leading the way to the deck. You can tie other elements into the deck. If you are making a firepit or bench you can use the same wood color.
Use a Solid Stain
It’s a good idea to consider the color of the wood that you will be using to create the deck. You want to get something that will gel with the exterior of the house. Instead of painting, you should try using a solid stain. This will bring out the natural colors in the wood. It will also be easier to maintain, lasting longer than paint.
Do a 3D CAD Design
Once you have a fairly good idea of what you want the deck to look like, it’s time to get in contact with the TNT Home Improvement team. We’d love to come to your house and talk about the project in more depth. We can also do a CAD design. This is a 3D illustration of what the final deck will be.
These renders look very similar to the finished product. This is the ideal time to make any final adjustments and experiment with different designs. Usually, this is one of the last steps in the planning process. Once you have a design that you are happy with, the builder can start creating the deck of your dreams.
Get an Engineer to Approve
While a deck might look great on paper, we don’t want it to collapse after a few years. Before we can start building, we need to get an engineer to take a look at the design and give it their tick of approval. That’s why TNT Home Improvement has our own in-house engineer, to help speed up the process so you can get to building faster.
Think About Traffic Flow
Once you have a completed deck, it’s time to think about the type of furniture layout you are going to use. There are a few ways you can make sure that everything is in the right place. One of the most important principles is to think about the way that people will move through the deck. You don’t want to design the space so you end up smashing your shins into tables. Because of this, you need to have a clear walkway.
It can also be a good idea to have designated zones. This helps keep the deck looking coherent, so you’ll be able to navigate through it easily. For example, you might want to have one part of the deck dedicated to cooking and preparing food. Another section will be used for sitting together and eating the meal.
Though adding furniture can be a lot of fun, it can also lead to a lot of disagreements. Be prepared to move your things around, trying to find the perfect place for everything. During this time, you should take a look at social media. Seeing how other people have arranged the furniture on their deck can give you some inspiration.
Give TNT Home Improvement a Call
Hopefully, you now have a better idea of what to consider for your next deck and or patio cover project. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. At TNT Home Improvement can help you create the deck of your dreams. We have the team and experience to handle any project and suit any budget. So, if you are located in the Northern Colorado/ Southern Wyoming area, then give us a call today at 970-663-2868 or visit the home page and fill out the contact form to make an appointment to discuss your next home improvement project.
Nothing could be worse in the home-improvement world than confusing the various styles and terms of outdoor extensions. For example, telling your contractor you would like a balcony when you actually wanted a veranda. But, what’s the difference? How can you be sure of which one you want? It would help to know what makes them different from each other.
A balcony is an open platform connected to the side of a building, always on the second floor or up. They are never installed at ground level. Balconies have many purposes when installed, such as creating an open space that allows the owner to enjoy scenic views and relax. A veranda, or verandah, is a ground-level platform connected to a house that is roofed. It creates a well-ventilated room that is protected from the direct light and heat of the sun to take advantage of space that might not normally be useable in areas with intensely hot months.
To better understand the differences between balconies and verandas and other important distinctions, such as their purposes, read on!
What is a Veranda?
Verandas are platforms that are always constructed on the ground level and connected to the adjoining building. They are always roofed structures and have traditionally included round arches in between the supporting pillars or intricate ironwork. A good example of how older verandas looked are Creole townhouse-styled houses or apartments. These are common in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Verandas don’t have to be a small section on one side of the house. They can be wrap-around porches that surround the entire building too. So long as the extension is roofed, that’s basically what a veranda is.
Verandas are also known as open-air porches and compared to loggias, which are roofed exterior galleries (rooms with open sides). They’re similar because they are both open-sided extensions to a house and have similar uses because they share their structures so closely. That brings us to the question, “what is the purpose of a veranda?”
What is the Purpose of a Veranda?
The word “verandah” is said to have originated in India and was adopted by the English. In any case, they do have their modern style rooted in Australia during the 1850s. They were perfectly designed for environments that were hot during the summer months or warm all year round, like Australia, because they are always roofed. They created a shade oases that allow breezes to come through freely and are flooded with natural light, easily making them some of the most pleasant spaces in the house, especially when electricity wasn’t available.
Many of the European-styled houses that were in Australia suffered from the lack of fresh air and didn’t have enough windows to brighten up the interior. So it was common to have an enclosed veranda to be a guest room during the hottest times of the year, with plenty of fresh air breezing through the space and offering merciful shade.
Today, when they aren’t being used as fancy aerated bedrooms, they’re used for entertainment in between the outdoors and indoors. They make great dining and sitting areas that provide a change in scenery and open space that guests might not be able to enjoy indoors.
What is a Balcony?
A balcony is a platform connected to a building by its ledgers, surrounded by a railing or balustrade, and supported with console brackets, or sometimes with columns. They require support because they are always on the second floor or higher. Unlike verandas, they are not roofed, except with a very specific style. The word we get “balcony” from is the Italian word, “balcone,” which means “scaffold.”
A unique feature of balconies is that, unlike verandas which are accessed by a side door or back door, balconies can be accessed by the floor window as well as a door, depending on what the owner of the building wanted, or if the window was constructed first and the balcony later.
So what is the purpose of balconies? Balconies have numerous uses, today, but their original purpose was to introduce better circulation of air in ancient greek homes and to bring in much more natural light.
Today, balconies are fantastic spaces that can provide more storage space, be a private escape, provide a place to relax and enjoy the scenery around you, enjoy outdoor dining, create a private garden, and more. The original purposes still stand true too! You can enjoy much more natural light and ventilation than with windows alone. The best part is that balconies come in numerous distinct types so that there’s one for every taste.
What are the Different Types of Balconies?
Naturally, if you have determined that you want a balcony constructed and not a veranda, then you need to know which kind of balcony you want to be built. There are plenty of options to choose from.
There are about 8 different types of balconies, not including the different styles, such as Juliet and french balconies:
And Mezzanine balconies
True balconies are what you immediately think of when someone says the word, “balcony.” They are wide deck spaces outside a second-story (or so) window or door that have a railing and sufficient structural support. They can be set into small alcoves in a building and come with a small roof, but the point of a true balcony is that it’s useable.
They’re called “true balconies,” because of that fact as there is a type of balcony that can’t be used as balconies are typically intended, called false balconies. Since these balconies are supposed to be used, their structure is much more carefully constructed with user safety in mind and will even include added support such as metal support brackets below the deck.
False balconies are so-called because they are meant to adorn the building but not actually be used space. As a result, they aren’t constructed with the same level of structural support as balconies that are actually used and need the support in order to hold the weight of several grown men and furniture.
Since their one purpose is to decorate the building, they usually have ornate wrought iron railings or dazzlingly colored stucco designs and don’t protrude from the walls very much. Usually, they only extend out at six inches, tops. Juliet and French balconies fall into this false balcony category.
Faux balconies are like false balconies in that they are strictly for decoration purposes, but unlike false balconies, they don’t even include a deck. They’re just highly elaborately decorated railings. You may be wondering why anyone would bother with a faux balcony when there are already false ones, but the benefit of faux balconies is that they eliminate the possibility that anyone could mistake it for a real one and get hurt.
Loggias aren’t just extensions to a building like a balcony, enclosed with only a railing or balustrade. Loggias actually have sidewalls, as a house does. Most of the time, they are just part of the building’s exterior wall as alcoves instead of extending out. In either case, only one side of the loggia looks out and serves more like a thinner sunroom. This does make it a little more secure than a common balcony but naturally takes longer to construct and more materials.
These are balconies that are designed with large beams that are only supported at the wall they are connected to but have no support on the side furthest away from the building. In other words, there are no visible support systems. This option is usually chosen because it’s very visually appealing due to the fact you can’t see the supports and it’s the simplest to construct but can become dangerous with age at those support points, making regular inspection more or less required.
Hung balconies are named by the supporting structure you see. Stainless steel cables are fixed to the wall of the building and attached to the far edges of these hung balconies, then a large plate connects to the building at an acute 45 degrees. These balconies may be the least commonly seen, but they are safer than you might think. Their design fully utilizes the strength of the bolts used, using 50% sheer force and 50% pull-out force.
If you have ever seen a bunk bed, you have a general idea of what stacked balconies look like. These are some of the simplest balconies to install and they have the lowest load implications on buildings. Stacked balconies are exactly what they sound like, they’re balconies on top of each other from floor to floor, supported by pillars that reach from the top balcony to the ground. Naturally, as a homeowner, you’re likely not going to need more than one balcony on the same wall.
Unlike every other balcony type in this article, a mezzanine balcony is constructed inside large buildings. In appearance, it’s a lot like a common balcony by extending away from the main wall, having the large deck and rails, and being made to be walked on with proper supports, but it’s built-in exceptionally large buildings like hotels, enormous malls, and other similar structures.
What is on a Veranda?
Back to verandas. What do homeowners normally place on a veranda? How are they decorated? Verandas are still entertainment spaces, so most will place comfortable sitting areas with small coffee tables. Rocking chairs, couches, or wick chairs are very common choices for this. If the veranda is large enough, you can place a whole dining area on it.
Like we talked about earlier, verandas were originally used as outdoor bedrooms in climates like Australia has, so there would be a bed, nightstand, curtains, etc. Since they are always covered, you can easily decorate the space with even more lighting, such as hanging lights.
Added lighting sources and potted plants are often found on verandas to brighten the space (literally) and make the atmosphere more comfortable and homey. If it’s decoration ideas you’re looking for, there are some ideas here. I’m the engineer on the team for goodness sake, not the decorator. It’s not really my forte unless I’m truly inspired.
What is the Difference Between a Patio and a Veranda?
Ultimately, the difference between a patio and a veranda is variety. Patios have a defined structure but deviate from it very often with the features that they may or may not have, depending on what the homeowner would like. Sometimes they’ll have rails, sometimes they don’t, among other features.
Verandas, on the other hand, have a defined structure that they never deviate from. They are ALWAYS connected to the house, they always have rails, they are always roofed, etc. Here are the primary differences between the two.
Patios can be found sometimes connected to the house or entirely separated from it.
Patios are not commonly roofed but they do often include a fabric overhead shade, at least in part, but not a more permanent or durable roof structure unless the patio is paired with a gazebo above it.
Patios are designed to help residents enjoy being outdoors as wide outdoor living spaces that are open and useful for a range of activities because it’s not limited by size. Since they are made for entertaining groups they will often include outdoor kitchens or BBQ areas.
They can be raised off the ground to stay flush with an entry door.
Patios might come with rails, especially when off the ground for safety, but not always.
Patios are only typically constructed on only one side of a building, most commonly the backyard since it’s usually the designated outdoor entertainment space and has the room for the patio.
Patios can be constructed out of pavers as well as wood.
Verandas are always connected to the main building structure. They are designed to be more like an outdoor room extension to a house; a refuge from intense heat and sun that doesn’t close off the outdoors entirely.
Verandas always have a roof over them.
Verandas always have rails and at least two pillars to support the roof.
Verandas can wrap around a house to connect the front and back entrances or even be wrapped around the entire building.
Verandas are always at ground level.
Modern verandas are partly constructed out of aluminum. Since they are often constructed in locations with hot and humid conditions, they are made with composite wood, stone tiles, treated wood, and/or vinyl.
As far as outdoor extensions go, verandas and patios have similar functions, primarily as entertainment spaces, but are constructed differently according to climate, need, or desire.
Is There a Difference Between a Patio and a Balcony?
Just like with verandas, there are plenty of differences between patios and balconies. Sometimes verandas are even called ground-level balconies.
When it comes to their purpose these two outdoor structures aren’t very different. They are both used for relaxing and enjoying the fresh outdoor air and the outside world, but they do differ in how many can enjoy the structures and what can be done on them. You’ll probably never see a balcony have a dining table or a BBQ set-up on it. This is because structurally, balconies and patios have major differences.
Balconies are usually very small, meant only for two people to enjoy the space comfortably. Balconies will always have a railing or balustrade wrapped around them while patios might not unless they are off the ground. There’s also the primary difference in that patios are always on the ground floor, while balconies are always at least one floor above the ground.
Before we sign off in our classic way, I’ll leave you with this: regardless of which structure you choose between balconies and verandas, they are both complicated to construct, which is why you should let a team of professionals help. It’s even better when that team includes an engineer who triple checks every measurement, so consider contacting my crew at T-N-T Home Improvements before planning this big project.
Both verandas and balconies are exquisite additions to your home and are guaranteed to bring years of entertainment and relaxation, and hopefully, now you know which one suits your house the best. There are a lot of things to know about choosing outdoor house extensions, so the next time you’re trying to make up your mind between a porch, balcony, veranda, gallery, terrace, patio, loggia, pergola, or lanai, let us help you with understanding what you really want. If you are located in the Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming areas, go ahead and give us a call today at (970) 663-2868, or fill out our contact form on our website home page so that we can walk you through everything you need to know about your balcony/veranda project.
Your outdoor living space is probably the closest spot you’ll get to having a daily vacation. It’s primarily designed to be cozy and relaxing, where you can lounge with friends and family.
But this idyllic setup only pans out if you have the necessary elements.
A good outdoor living space comprises sturdy flooring, ample shade, comfortable weather-proof furniture, and greeneries. Add a grill and some cooking and you have yourself the perfect spot for weekend hangouts all year long.
However, you will have to invest in these things.
For example, building a high-quality patio could require a bit of an investment. Nevertheless, it’s going to be worth it, but only if you have it made the best possible way. This is why having a professional contractor build your outdoor living space is always recommended.
On the other hand, if you are a skilled builder, you can turn it into your next big project.
Either way, you’ll need to know the basics of making an excellent outdoor living space. So, to save you from trouble, just check out this guide.
What’s Considered an Outdoor Living Space?
Outdoor living spaces are designated areas outside the main house or building for lounging or gathering, such as a family barbecue. It typically consists of a deck or patio and can include things like furniture, a garden, and even a pool.
Some modern types of outdoor living spaces include weather-resistant dining sets. While others even include televisions, speakers, and other entertainment systems.
Moreover, you can choose to have a completely or partially closed or open outdoor living space depending on the environmental conditions of your home.
Simply put, your outdoor living space is like an extension of your living room and kitchen outside. It’s the perfect area to bask under warm summer weather.
What Do You Need for Outdoor Living?
Creating an outdoor living space requires meticulous planning.
First, you have to consider the size of your backyard. Then, prepare a layout that serves the purpose of your outdoor living space.
For example, if you plan to use your backyard for entertaining or holding dinners and parties, it would be wise to allocate ample open space.
On the other hand, if you’re thinking more of a lounging area, you have to choose the right spot that receives less of the sun’s harsh heat.
If you’re living in a house with multiple floors or levels, you may want to consider building a deck.
But regardless of which type of outdoor living space you want for your backyard, you won’t fail to enjoy it if you have the following elements.
The first part outlines the essential elements of a spectacular outdoor living space. But if you want to take it up a notch, make sure you check our optional but undoubtedly brilliant additions to your backyard.
Let’s dive right in!
Patio or Deck
People often interchange a patio with a deck when they are two different parts of your outdoor space.
A patio is directly situated on the ground. It’s a paved area extending from the house or detached from the main building. Patios are often opened with covers that provide shade and breeze. Patios can be just a slab open to the elements or feature a patio cover.
On the other hand, a deck is an elevated outdoor area attached to the house. They can be something you walk directly or into from a kitchen or even an upstairs bedroom.
Both a patio and a deck can include a covered roof. Some examples include a shingled patio cover that matches the house or a pergola that can still let in 50% of the sunshine and fresh air.
If you have a spacious backyard, you can go for a patio. But if you’re living in a small but elevated area, you would want to go for a deck. It would give you access to some view and breeze.
Whichever you prefer, what matters most is that the materials you use to construct your outdoor living space are high quality. Otherwise, it’s money down the drain,
For example, if you’re looking for something affordable and requires low maintenance, you can turn to composite decking. Nowadays, it has become a trend in many houses due to its flexibility and undeniable durability.
Decking products such as those offered by TimberTech are designed to last for decades.
Outdoor landscapes add an element of serenity to your backyard. It adds another layer of beauty and comfort for those who love staying in the backyard.
Having a garden or landscape provides closer proximity to nature. In addition, it helps you relax and get settled in your outdoor living space.
You have plenty of choices when it comes to greeneries. Moreover, you could match your landscaping or garden to that of the architectural theme of your house.
For example, if you have a Spanish revival home, you can go for plants like bougainvillea to invoke the atmosphere of Spain.
On the other hand, if your backyard is petite, you can still put up some plants. For example, you can install a vertical garden and fill it with hanging plants or succulents.
You can’t simply put any typical living room furniture in your outdoor living space. That’s a general rule of thumb when designing your patio or deck.
Fortunately, there are different furniture sets appropriate for outdoor conditions. For one, they are weather resistant which means they can withstand the harshness of summer’s heat and are able to handle moisture and other sorts of weather.
Nonetheless, the first thing you have to consider when buying outdoor furniture is the ease of maintenance.
Then make sure the pieces you choose are durable. Ensure that the fabrics used in your pillows and sofa can resist mildew and mold growths.
Moreover, if you’re adding a dining set, choose those that don’t break easily under the changing weather. Alfresco dining is always a huge hit for anyone, but it’s the consistency and maintenance you must look after.
Open spaces are like a canvas for any gathering or hosting occasion. If you’re interested in spearheading social activities, a large area for parties is necessary. However, aside from size, the surface is also a critical factor.
With patios, you have plenty of choices when it comes to surfaces. You can just keep your lawn or clear it out, giving way to surfaces made of gravel, flagstone, pavers, cut stone, tile, or pavement.
If you have a deck, the entire structure can be your open space. However, if you plan to add furniture, you can allot a portion for entertaining. When it comes to deck floors, wood or composite floorboards are pretty standard.
If you have more than enough budget, you can always add a pool to your outdoor living space. It lets you cool down during the summers and pretty much anytime.
You can opt for an above-the-ground pool, concrete, vinyl, or fiberglass pool.
Not only does it increase the appeal of your outdoor living space, but it also increases the value of your home by 4% to 6%.
Outdoor living spaces are not just for daytime use. You can also hang out there when evening comes along. But only if you have enough heating. This is where fire pits become helpful.
Imagine having an evening cookout around your fire pit or backyard camping. There’s a lot you can do, and you never have to worry about the cold.
You can choose to build your fire pit or get one of those propane fire pits.
The backyard is for barbecues and Sunday afternoon gatherings. That’s pretty much what many Americans associate with their outdoor living space.
Hence, it is no surprise that many homeowners designate a cooking area to install a grilling space. This way, you can concentrate all the activities outside, eliminating the need for rigorous use of your kitchen.
An ideal outdoor living space provides nothing short of comfort for anyone using it.
But more than the aesthetic features and the charms brought about by this area, you need to ensure its quality first.
All materials used should be durable and resistant to any type of expected damages.
And in the subject of creating a high-quality outdoor living space, consider hiring professional builders who are skilled and knowledgeable in this type of project.
If you are located in the Northern Colorado/ Southern Wyoming area, then give us a call today at 970-663-2868 or visit our home page and fill out the contact form to make an appointment to discuss your next home improvement project.
Maintaining a deck could require a lot of work, especially if the materials used are prone to damage.
Earlier deck constructions were mainly made of lumber that needed high yearly maintenance. That’s why homeowners have switched to composite decking.
Newer houses with decks can now choose either timber or composite materials for the structure.
Composite materials are made of wood fibers mixed with plastic film through bonding agents. They are often chosen because they are more durable than their wood counterpart.
However, going for composite decking depends on many other factors. So, if you’re wondering if composite decking suits your home, stick around and find out.
What Is Composite Decking?
Simply put, composite decking refers to deck construction that uses composite materials such as deck boards made of recycled lumber and high-density plastic strips.
It is considered eco-friendly and sustainable as composite materials are less prone to damage sustained by wood decks.
What Do I Need to Know About Composite Decking?
Composite decking is not a complicated project. All you need to know is how the composite materials match your aesthetic taste and the level of maintenance they require.
While a wooden look is often the top choice for a deck, composite decks are not too far from achieving this look.
In terms of maintenance, composite decks require less work as they are more resistant to water damage, termite infestation, and other critical destruction.
What to Consider When Choosing a Composite Deck?
There are a few factors you need to understand before you go for composite decking. That includes the type of materials, visual aesthetic, design, size, budget, and other factors.
Furthermore, it is best to determine if you plan to outsource the construction project to professional deck builders or do it yourself.
Composite decking materials are not hard to find, especially in this day and age where everything is found online.
We’ve established that deck boards, which comprise a majority of the deck, are made of recycled timber and plastic.
However, composite deck board quality may differ from one manufacturer to another. Hence, it greatly benefits your project if you choose high-grade composite decking products from reliable manufacturers. And if you’re looking for exactly that, you can check out TimberTech.
On the other hand, if you plan to hire a contractor or team of experts in Colorado to build your composite deck, you can rest assured that TNT Home Improvements use nothing less than quality materials from TimberTech.
Visual Aesthetics and Design
Planning to build a composite deck involves identifying the right color that matches your home, the shape of the deck, and many other factors of its visual appeal.
With composite boards, you don’t need to paint the deck as they already come in a variety of colors. Moreover, some colors and the textures almost imitate that of a wooden deck.
Hence, if you’re going for a traditional lumber deck look but with high considerations for durability, then composite decking could just be the right choice for your taste.
The size of the composite deck depends on the area where the structure is placed. It could also be influenced by the type of activities you’re thinking of doing on the deck.
Moreover, size can also depend on your budget. It’s a general principle in a way. Larger composite decks will have more expenses than smaller and medium-sized ones.
The type of composite deck you can build in your home also relies on the budget at hand. If you have a tight budget, you may have to consider the size and the type of composite materials to use.
Unfortunately, cheaper boards tend to have less quality than costlier ones. So, you may have to rethink the size of the finished space.
While composite decking materials are highly durable, they could still deteriorate over time. Fortunately, you can enjoy it for longer than wood boards.
Nonetheless, its speed of deterioration can be influenced by its position. For example, if it’s directly exposed to strong sunlight, it could start to fade faster.
Therefore, it’s good to consider the position or whether you should put up a deck cover.
Is Composite Decking Any Good?
Yes, composite decking is a great choice and can be well worth the money you spend.
You can think of composite decking as an evolutionary step in deck building. It resolved some of the critical issues that came along with wooden decks while maintaining outstanding aesthetics in the process.
Check out some of the benefits of composite decking.
Composite decking materials are made against common decking damages.
It’s always about high-quality and endurance all the way. These are what many homeowners look for in a deck. Composite decking offers exactly these qualities.
As man-made materials, they are designed to withstand damages caused by molds, mildew, water and sunlight exposure, and many others.
It requires low maintenance.
Since composite decks are less prone to damages, it also means that they need low maintenance compared to any other type of deck. So, if you don’t have the time and extra energy to refinish your deck once a year, better stick to a composite deck.
It is easier to hide the fasteners
Because of the way most composite deck boards are manufactured, they are created with special groves down the side that can be used to attach hidden fasteners.
These fasteners have sharp teeth that grab the boards on either side of it and a screw run down through the middle holding it securely to a joist underneath. All of this sits down in between the boards making for a clean finish.
It’s environmentally friendly.
Composite materials are made of recycled items. Hence, they are more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Moreover, they last longer, so you can save yourself from frequent board replacements.
What Is Bad About Composite Decking?
Although composite decking has plenty of advantages, it doesn’t mean that it has no drawbacks.
It can be pricey.
Composite decking can be a bit pricier than your average wood deck. The high cost is primarily due to the durability that comes with the material. Nonetheless, you get your money’s worth as composite decking lasts longer than any other deck.
It lacks the natural feel of the deck.
While it’s true that composite deck imitates the color, pattern, and sometimes texture of wood. However, if you were to compare them side by side you would see that composite lacks that real wood feel.
Especially if you are someone who likes stained wood and seeing the depth and layers of the grain, composite may not be for you.
It still needs some degree of maintenance.
You will have to maintain your composite deck to ensure that it remains durable for the years to come. It includes sweeping the deck board, picking the leaves, and the occasional light wash or spot clean.
How Much Does a Composite Deck Cost?
The average cost of a composite deck is about $8,000, give or take. The full price depends on the size of the deck and your choice of materials. Composite boards cost about $20 to $40 per square foot.
How Long Does a Composite Deck Last?
A well-maintained composite deck can last between 25 to 30 years. After that, replacing the boards wouldn’t be a pain, especially if you choose composite products with warranties.
How Does Composite Decking Drain?
Under the composite deck, you can install a gutter system. Therefore, you will have to reserve the surface below for drainage that directs the water out from under the deck.
If you’re wondering if a drainage system designed for decks is right for your next project, then check out our article “What is Underdecking”
A composite deck is a fine addition to your home structure. Not only does it provide a space for backyard or outdoor activities, but it also increases the value of your house.
If you’re considering composite decking, make sure you consult with professional builders to help you plan the project within your budget range.If you are located in the Northern Colorado/ Southern Wyoming area, then give us a call today at 970-663-2868 or visit our deck services page and fill out the contact form to make an appointment to discuss your next home improvement project.
With the warm weather on its way out, now is the perfect time to create those home improvements that you avoided during the warmer months. Whether you plan on having a barbecue with family and friends or sitting and watching the rain pour down, a stylish and functional outdoor shade structure can protect you from the elements.
If you’re looking for something that ticks all these boxes and will last for years, you should consider an aluminum pergola for your outdoor living space.
Benefits of Aluminum Shade Structures
Elitewood/Alumawood is a composite building material designed to mimic the benefits of real wood, without the downsides. They are a lightweight alternative to wood for exterior fittings and are designed to maintain their structure, façade, and integrity through all kinds of weather.
If you’re considering an outdoor extension or refit, aluminum pergolas provide a cost-effective, durable option that won’t break the bank. Some of the benefits of these pergolas are:
Aluminum is lightweight
Traditional wood is heavy and bulky, which can make handling and installation difficult and costly. By comparison, Elitewood/Alumawood is lightweight and flexible, with all the added strength of a composite. Therefore, it is easy to ship and handle and makes installation a breeze for home extension projects.
Can be installed as an extension
Due to its lightweight composition, aluminum covers can be quickly and easily installed on the exterior as an extension of an existing structure. By attaching the Elitewood/Alumawood cover to your building’s slab, you can build a patio cover without having to make structural modifications to accommodate the added weight.
Can cover longer spaces than traditional wood
Traditional wood is limited by its weight as to how far the beams can stretch from the support structure when creating an outdoor space. The lightweight Elitewood or Alumawood can cover longer spans between the vertical members of the kit. This means that the distance between the beam and the supporting column can be extended, creating larger, more open spaces.
An aluminum pergola cover can be up to 30 feet long with the use of its steel supports through the beam.
Is more resistant to the elements
Compared to traditional wood pergolas, aluminum pergolas are practically maintenance and upkeep-free. It will not peel, chip, or attract termites, and does not require regular painting or protection to avoid damage from the elements. Unlike conventional wood, Elitewood and Alumawood are also easy to clean; just use a damp cloth to wipe the dust and dirt away.
What is an Elitewood or Alumawood Pergola?
Elitewood and Alumawood Pergolas are an outdoor shaded area designed to protect you and your family from weather conditions. Your pergola can be tailored to suit you, whether it’s fully enclosed with windows or an open undercover space that allows the breeze through
Our Elitewood pergolas are manufactured by Four Seasons, and hold a lifetime guarantee on its integrity and function. These stylish, professional fittings offer a durable, functional option for as much – or little – sunlight as you want.
Before attaching a new structure to the back of your house, you may want to consider the condition of your siding.
For a quality pergola, you will want your house to have matching quality siding. Mastics siding by Plygem is sleek and elegant, providing your house with the function you need and the aesthetic you want. Plygem offers three kinds of siding.
Lap siding encompasses long, flat overlapping boards to shed water and prevent it from reaching the walls of your house. Lap siding comes in narrow, regular, and wide widths depending on your requirements and range from 3” to 7”. Ply Gem’s low maintenance, stylish lap siding comes in a range of styles, colors, and finishes to suit your needs.
Vertical siding offers a classic, charming accent for small houses and a sense of height and majesty for larger dwellings. Ply Gem’s vertical siding is durable, flexible, and gives you the confidence you need for your home improvement project.
Shake and Shingle
A favorite of American colonies, shake and shingle siding adds rustic charm to any dwelling. Ply Gem’s shake and shingle vinyl provides all the aesthetics of wooden shingles, without the upkeep.
What does Elitewood or Alumawood Look Like?
These two aluminum-based products look like wood – that’s the whole point! They are aluminum that has been embossed and manufactured into shapes that resemble cedar wood. The result is a more durable, low maintenance material that looks like real wood, and will stand the test of time in outdoor conditions.
The grainy surface of Elitewood and Alumawood is designed to mimic the natural grooves and curves of real wood, and provides excess run-off for water and weather conditions.
If you’re worried about the longevity of these products, don’t be. They are put through multiple durability tests during production, to ensure that you get the long-lasting results that you need. Installing an aluminum pergola can extend your living space by providing a safe and sheltered outdoor area for you and your family to enjoy.
How Much Does an Aluminum Pergola Cost?
The cost of an aluminum pergola depends on your requirements. The range can be anywhere between $4,000 – $14,000, but the cost will completely depend on your particular application. Alumawood™ comes with a 75-year guarantee for everything from the material to the external paint.
This might seem like a huge outlay, but a wooden pergola will cost between $10,000 to $17,000, and require costly, regular upkeep to keep it providing the cover you need. In both the long and short term, Alumawood is the smarter choice for your outdoor extension.
Are Aluminum Pergolas Cheaper Than Wood?
An Elitewood or Alumawood pergola works out far cheaper than the same price for real wood. This faux wood has the added bonus of being far more durable and resistant to damage caused by wind, rain, sun, and snow. Unlike wood, aluminum won’t crack, peel, blister or rot, and will stay looking fresh for years.
Does Alumawood™ Come in Different Colors?
Alumawood is a grainy surfaced material designed to mimic natural wood fittings. Elitewood and Alumawood come in many different colors to suit your preferences, and can even be created in a custom color for your living space.
At present, these aluminum pergolas are available in seven different colors: White, Desert Sand, Mojave Tan, Adobe, Latte, Spanish Brown, and Graphite. These neutral, stylish shades can provide a sense of luxury for your exterior and can be tailored to your needs.
Don’t Hesitate, Call Us Today!
If you are located in the Northern Colorado/ Southern Wyoming area and would like to learn more, then give us a call today at (970) 663-2868 or visit our Patio Cover and Pergola service page and fill out the contact form to make an appointment to discuss your next home improvement project.
A deck should be a place for you to sit and relax on a sunny day. But that’s difficult to do when the sun is shining in your eyes. Plus, it will make the deck hot, giving you sunburn.
The good news is that this doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of simple ways that you can add some shade to your deck. Keep reading to learn more about some of the options that you might want to explore.
Shingled Patio Covers
One of the longest-lasting patio covers is a shingled roof. This is essentially adding an extension of your roof, to cover the deck. This will allow you to effectively block the sun. It will also offer protection from the rain. When you do this, you will often be unable to tell the difference between the shingled patio cover and the original roof.
Underneath the patio, you will be able to enjoy natural wood. This is a stunning aesthetic. You can opt to stain it, protecting it from the elements. Or you might want to paint it, so the color complements the deck. Because of these benefits, a shingled patio cover will be able to last for a long time. As a result, they can often add a lot of value to your home.
If you like the look of natural wood, you might want to consider installing a cedar pergola. The wood can be stained to suit the surroundings. The pergola will extend from your existing roof out over the deck. The top of the pergola will have a series of rafters going perpendicular out from the house and a series of beams on top running parallel to the house, covering the deck. This is easy to maintain.
One of the benefits of this type of cover is that you can accessorize it to get even more shade or even a certain amount of waterproofing. For example, you can add corrugated plastic to the top to keep the rain off the deck and you can add screens and plants to the sides for added shade.
If you don’t want to deal with the upkeep of a wooden pergola, you might prefer the aluminum variety. These have the advantage of coming in a range of colors. This will let you match it to the existing home. The Alumawood pergolas that we offer have a woodgrain pattern stamped into them to make them feel like wood. Plus, they are very durable, lasting for many years.
Similar to a wooden pergola, you will be able to accessorize the top and sides of an Alumawood pergola. This will offer protection against the elements, so you can still use your deck when it is raining or snowing.
One of the easiest ways to add a little more shade is by adding an umbrella. There are a few options that you might want to consider, these include:
Table umbrella. These are designed to sit in a hollow slot in the middle of a table. They often aren’t very big and will cover a single table or chair.
Tilting umbrella. As the name suggests, these can be set at an angle. This will offer more flexibility, letting you block out the sun. But they are very expensive.
Weighted umbrella. This option will be held in place by a stand at the base of the umbrella. Often, the stand will be filled with water or sand, holding it in place.
An umbrella has a few advantages. For example, they tend to be easy to install. You can get them set up in a few minutes. But there are also some downsides to consider. In a strong wind, they will fall over. Or worse, they can be blown away. This type of shade becomes extremely needy as you have to get it out and put it away every time you use it.
Trees can be a great way of providing some natural shade. If you want to take this route, consider the size of their leaves. The bigger the leaves, the more protection they will provide. This is why many people like palm trees.
But there are a few obvious downsides. First, it will take years and years for a tree to grow tall enough to provide enough shade. Additionally, if you put it too close you will need to spend a lot of time cleaning the fallen leaves off the deck.
Louvered Patio Covers
If you are looking for a system that lets you control how much sunlight you let in and can keep the deck dry, consider a louvered cover. On a sunny day, you can open the louvers. This will let the natural light pour into the deck. But if it starts to rain you can close the louvers. This will stop you from getting wet. Better yet, you’ll be able to adjust the angle of the louver, so you can get the right mix of light and shade. If you opt to get the TNT Home Improvement team to install a louvered pergola, you will be able to do this with a handheld remote.
These are built to last. Almost every piece of the cover is made out of thick gauge aluminum. They come in multiple colors to choose from, so you can pick one that matches the design aesthetic of your deck/house.
There are a lot of canopy options that you might want to explore. This is a good way of getting some shade quickly. You will also be able to take it down and move it when necessary. But, if you’re looking for a long-term option, this might not be the best choice as it won’t handle extreme weather conditions more than once.
Hanging Patio Curtains
Sometimes you will already have a cover on your deck and will be looking for some ways to get a little extra shade. In this case, you might want to think about putting in curtains. These will hang around the outside of the patio. These will give you a lot of flexibility. You’ll be able to choose elements like:
How thick they are, determining how much light they will block
A popular alternative to this is blinds. These also offer a lot of creative freedom, with dozens of styles to choose from. Plus, you will be able to control them with the touch of a button.
You might be able to get a climbing vine. This will have a similar effect to installing a patio curtain. However, the vines will add a more natural feel. Depending on the variety you choose, you might even be able to get one that will flower, adding color and perfuming the air. However, like planting a tree, you’ll need to get a temporary solution in the meantime as it can take a long time for a vine to grow.
You might want to install a shade sail. This is a porous canvas cloth, which is available in a range of colors. This will let you get one that will match the style of the space. They are also a good option to provide shade over a large area. You should be able to install them yourself, though you’ll need to get one that will match the dimensions of your deck.
If you are looking for a simple solution, you might want to think about installing an awning. They are easy to install because you won’t need to use poles. There are a few options for you to choose from. You might want to have an awning that is always in place. Or you can get a retractable option, that you will need to manually open and close.
Solid Patio Cover
Finally, you might want to get a solid patio cover. This can be connected to an existing roof or form a standalone structure. It’s solid and will be able to last for a long time. There are a few reasons why you might want to get this type of cover:
It comes in a range of colors, so you’ll be able to pick something to suit your style.
You can install features, like lights and ceiling fans
It can be made to custom-fit your deck area
Covering your deck is a good way to stop the sun from getting in your eyes and beating the summer heat. Plus, it will block the wind and rain, so you can enjoy the deck in all weather conditions. Thankfully, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. You can get a long-term solution by installing a shingled patio roof, louvered patio cover, pergola, or a solid patio cover. Or you can get something more temporary. Hopefully, you are more aware of your options so you can find the right one for you.
If you’re living in the Northern Colorado area, give us a call today at 970-663-2868 so we can talk about your deck cover project.
Do you want to improve the appearance of your outdoor living space for the summer? Are you looking to improve the overall aesthetic appeal of your patio or deck? Do you need an area of your backyard that you can dedicate to your potted plants? If so, one of the fastest and easiest solutions to achieve all of these creative ideas for your yard is to build a pergola.
So, why a pergola? Pergolas are constructed using different types of materials such as vinyl, metal and even cedar.
Many people confuse pergolas with other types of structures such as arbors. Although they are similar, arbors are usually smaller and have a much simpler structure. Arbors are usually an archway that is typically found in yards, gardens, and parks.
On the other hand, pergolas are large, flat, open structures. Pergolas are typically attached to buildings or homes but can also be a free-standing structure. Even though these terms are often used interchangeably, it is important to understand the differences before you hire a contractor.
You can purchase a pergola-like shade structure from a home improvement store or membership club, but if you want one that is personalized for your specific wants and needs, it is best to have an experienced contractor custom build one for you. In fact, depending on what you are looking for in a pergola, they offer significant advantages when you are ready to create your perfect outdoor space.
They Add Definition
One advantage of building a pergola is that it can add purpose to your landscape. In other words, a pergola carves out a defined space in your yard that can be used for entertainment, lounging, dining and other activities. This is true especially if there is not a patio or deck that is connected to your house. When you add a pergola to your yard, you will be able to better establish how your outdoor living space will be used.
They Allow Privacy
Perhaps you do not want to have your activities on display for your neighbors to see when you are trying to relax and enjoy a warm summer evening outside. If you are not able to build an additional privacy fence, a custom-built pergola with screens, drapes, or even latticework on one or more sides can serve as an alternative to a privacy fence.
In addition, when a pergola is placed strategically in a yard, it can be used to block or cover an unsightly object from your view. For example:
The rusty playground equipment
The next-door neighbor’s shed
In these types of situations, a pergola can enhance the natural beauty of your yard, while also keeping out any unappealing views that surround the yard.
They Create More Space For A Garden
Because pergolas can create space for open latticework (sometimes referred to as a trellis), they afford you the ability to hang vegetation. As a result, you will have a gorgeous garden near the clouds.
These structures are also excellent for climbing plants. As they grow from the ground, they can intertwine themselves around the structure. The result would be earthy, natural walls and/or ceiling for your pergola.
Some of the plants that you can choose from are:
All of these plants are able to grow and thrive on a pergola due to its open structure.
They Offer Protection And Shade
The most common shade-style of pergola that we build is a 50/50 shade to sunlight ratio. The top slats of the pergolas are usually 2″ wide and are spaced 2″ apart from each other eliminating 50% of the incoming sunlight. This creates a very comfortable outdoor living space and also makes for a very appealing home addition.
If you choose to add climbing plants and after they’ve made their way up the pergola, you will be able to enjoy even more shade whenever you want to relax underneath the plants. It may take one full planting season before the vines are able to completely take over the top of the pergola, but once the top is completely covered, you will be able to enjoy that much more relief from the sun’s UV rays.
More people are becoming aware of how direct sun exposure can affect their skin, and there has been an increased demand for pergolas that are available with canopies as an option. By having a pergola with a canopy addition, you will be able to open the canopy during the day for sun protection and then close it at night so you can enjoy the moon and stars.
They Can Increase Home Value
The bottom line is that the advantages of building a pergola of your own also adds value to your home. This benefit alone makes a pergola an investment that is well worth it.
According to home improvement gurus such as Bob Villa, having attractive and well-maintained landscaping can increase your home’s resale value by up to 20 percent. When you take care of the pergola and the vegetation that is hanging from it, this is the one addition to your landscaping that can truly make the difference for those who are in the market for a new home.
They Are Affordable
If you are looking to spruce up your yard without spending a lot of money, the best option may be a pergola. They are affordable, but they make a huge difference in the appearance of your yard.
There are some options that may cost slightly more than others, and that is based on the type of material that is used to build it. However, you would be hard-pressed to find a more durable, affordable and beautiful way to make your outdoor space livable than building a pergola.
Pergolas add a lot of beauty to a yard, and they also add plenty of interest to an outdoor space. For example, if you live in a gated, townhome community, having a pergola in your outdoor space could be the one feature that sets your home apart from the others. The pergola will make it much easier to sell or rent your home should you decide to move.
So, if you have done your research and you want to not only have a beautiful outdoor space but also increase your home’s value, consider adding a pergola. Contact us today at 970-663-2868 to see how we can build a pergola that will meet your budget and your needs. To learn more, you can also reach out to us via email at email@example.com or visit our patio cover/pergola page.
Enjoying your outdoor space all depends on what kinds of amenities you have surrounding you. Patio furniture is nice. A pool is even better. And then there are things like outdoor kitchens that make spending time outdoors absolutely phenomenal.
But what about bad weather? It’s a shame that even a sprinkling of rain can put the most relaxing of outdoor times to rest in an instant. That is, of course, unless you have shelter outside. But while this might be great for rainfall, shelter isn’t so great for letting sunlight stream through. It can seem like there’s no middle ground—until now!
For people who want to truly enjoy the outdoors in any weather, the smartest investment you can make is in louvered patio covers in Loveland, CO.
Understanding Louvered Covers
Louvered patio covers give you the best of both worlds. They can be opened to let natural light stream in, or closed to protect you against overexposure or light rainfalls. The best part is that this adjustment can happen in seconds—even faster than it takes for the weather to change course. If you’re entertaining outside and the sky suddenly becomes overcast, there’s no need to take the party inside. Just adjust the louver!
Louvered patio covers in Loveland, CO offer more than just convenience on the fly. They’re also great for tailoring your outdoor experience to meet your expectations. For example, if you’re reading a book on a tablet and getting too much of an overhead glare, just adjust the patio cover to filter light to an acceptable level. Likewise, if you’re sitting with friends around a small bonfire, open the roof to let in a view of the stars and let smoke escape.
You’re also going to get the convenience of protection from a louvered patio cover. Rather than having to drag grills, furniture and other amenities out of a shed each time you head outside, you can leave them out under the closed patio cover, with full peace of mind that they won’t be affected by the weather.
Finally, let’s not forget about the value add for your property. Having a patio raises your property’s value, and a proper cover will raise it even more. And when that cover offers the versatility and modernity of a louvered cover, you’re going to get maximum return on investment in the form of added home value when the time comes to reassess or sell.
Transform Your Space
Looking for a way to enhance your outdoor space, while also bringing functionality and comfort into the picture? There’s no solution so smart as a louvered patio cover in Loveland, CO. With a quick installation, you could instantly tailor your patio into a space that’s ripe with possibilities and ready to accommodate you.
For more information about louvered patio covers, their benefits or their features, make sure you’re reaching out to the professionals at TNT Home Improvements. We’ll help you make an investment that pays dividends for you and your family.
Your patio can be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable spaces at your home. It’s the perfect place for lounging, entertaining guests and having a meal outdoors with your family. Even though you may get the heaviest use out of your patio during the summer months, you can take advantage of this outdoor space all year long with a few modifications. By adding a patio cover to your space, you are maximizing its potential and giving yourself even more reasons to love your patio. Some of the advantages of patio covers include:
Cooling during the summer: One benefit of having a patio cover that people might not consider is their ability to mitigate heat transfer to your home’s interior. Windows can let a lot of heat into your home on sunny days—even windows that are designed to offer insulation from outside conditions. A patio cover shades your windows and decreases the amount of heat that they absorb.
Increased comfort: Many people simply stop enjoying their patio or deck when the weather gets dicey. When you have a patio cover, you can sit outside regardless of the elements and get some fresh air. Sitting outside with a good book and hot cup of tea on a drizzly day is possible when your patio is covered and you can stay dry. Even on nice summer days, it can be uncomfortable to sit out on your patio without any protection. A patio cover in Loveland, CO makes your patio an even more comfortable part of your home.
Protection of your materials: Ultraviolet rays can do damage to the materials that your patio is made of, as well as the furniture that you have on your patio. It can cause colors to fade and break down the chemical bonds in your patio. A cover will protect your furniture and the surface of your patio or deck from harmful UV radiation.
Improved appearance: Having a cover for your patio can improve the overall aesthetic of your home’s façade. There are many different patio cover options that are fully customizable so you can select the color, material, size and design that appeal to you. You can impress your guests with a beautiful addition to your outdoor space that works perfectly with the overall look of your home. Patio covers can even increase the appeal of your home to potential buyers and improve its market value.
If you want to begin enjoying all of the benefits that a patio cover in Loveland, CO can offer, reach out to our team at TNT Home Improvements. We have years of experience working with customers to complete a variety of home improvement projects, including deck building and patio cover installation. Our professional team is able to work with your specific needs to build the patio cover that perfectly fits your home and the appearance of your patio. If you’d like to get a free estimate or find out more about all of the services that we offer, simply give us a call today.