I have a big family… my sister, brothers, sisters-in-laws, nieces and nephews. We all gravitate to my Dad’s house for barbeques over the summer. Living in an over-55 community, he has a small but very functional deck that easily accommodates all of us thanks to custom features. Built-in benches, better than patio furniture, follow the outline of the deck, leaving room for a nice sized table and plenty of open space for everyone to walk around. My step-mom has an eye for decorating and adorned the bench seats with bright colored pillows, giving the deck an indoor cozy feel, while also creating a fun, outdoor atmosphere. She loves flowers and since they have virtually have no yard, built-in flower boxes are in every corner of the deck filled with her favorite annuals and perennials.
Last August my family enjoyed my dad’s 70th birthday party on their deck. A vibrant pink clematis vine clung to a lattice attached to their deck in full bloom. Its flowers peaked through the holes and hung just above your head as you sat on the bench below it. A very beautiful site that I look forward to enjoying again this summer!
The process involved in customizing an outdoor space requires more than just planning a deck, patio or porch design. There is the functionality that encompasses how you choose to utilize the space. A good builder will ask the right questions that go beyond the size or height of your deck… questions that invite you think.
Adding an L-shaped bench in the corner of your deck with the capacity for storage might solve your problem of storing garden tools or your children’s favorite outdoor toys. Adding benches around a set-in hot tub or a fire pit provides a perfect entertainment area, encouraging conversation or just a relaxing environment. Maybe you lack shade in your yard; a pergola will provide shade, add height and dimension to your deck, and you can hang flower baskets from it.
Planter boxes can be custom made for your deck or to stand alone on your patio, softening the appearance of wood or concrete. They can be used as a border to create walkways or to create privacy using the boxes to house larger plants, small trees, vines on a trellis or an expansive lattice that gives the feel of a wall yet allows airflow are all great options
Customizing features of your deck with built-in benches or planter boxes sounds like an easy functional addition to your deck, but they can be so much more, enhancing the beauty of your outdoor living space in so many ways. At Archadeck of Bucks/Mont we don’t just build decks; we create outdoor spaces that uniquely fit your taste, style and functional needs. Call us at 215-345- 5130 for a free consultation and see why we are different!