TIPS + TOOLS
June 12, 2017
While we often think of the backyard when it comes to planning outdoor spaces, it’s important to take a look at your property as a whole. Creative outdoor living can happen anywhere around your home, even your front entry, where it’s important to design a pleasing space to come home to.
Why is it worth considering your outdoor living options?
Smart investment: Your home is your biggest investment and a deck adds value. Experts say this renovation has at least a 100% return and home buyers these days want houses with decks. Decks expand a home’s living space and give you countless ways to relax and have fun.
Party central: Think of the possibilities for year-round fun on your deck with family and friends. A built-in hot tub adds opportunities for fun and relaxation. And a barbecue is important – but outdoor kitchens increase the possibilities even further!
Connecting to nature: Decks offer you a quick and easy way to connect with nature, whether that’s through growing your own herbs or raising prize-winning roses or simply looking at what’s around you. They’re a great place to enjoy a family dinner al fresco and they give us an easy escape from our hectic lives to some much-needed peace and quiet.
In this segment of CTV News at Noon, Steve Barkhouse and Leanne Cusack showcased several products and materials for building your perfect deck. Consumers have more choices than ever these days when it comes to choosing material to build their decks and create your own personalized space. All items were sourced from our friends at Rona Stittsville. They’re available to help for all your questions and planning needs!
- Green or brown pressure treated wood
- Post caps with lights
- PVC and composite deck boards
- Composite is made of wood with synthetics in it for durability, low maintenance, mould and mildew resistance, etc. ie. Trex, TimberTech
- PVC is made of plastic, it is light and offers the same benefits of composites
- Allium aluminum railings offer a wide variety of selections
- Wood railing kits are available to ease the planning
- Glass railings offer a sleek appearance, but are more expensive. A cost effective option would be to use glass for the main views, and aluminum or wood on the sides of your deck.
- Trex Rain Escape captures water from between the boards, diverting it away from the center to create usable space underneath. Especially beneficial with second story decks.
Need more advice on what type of deck to build? Check Marty’s Maintenance Tips.