Summer is officially here, which means everyone is looking to spend time outdoors soaking up some much-needed sunshine. While some people opt into traveling to a specific destination to enjoy the summer weather, this option is not always feasible. Instead of investing in a one-time trip why not turn your backyard into your very own personal oasis? No need to pack your bags, create an itinerary, or bring your little ones on a plane. You can enjoy all the summertime amenities on your own schedule, without all the hassle.

So, you’re ready to spruce up your backyard. We’re guessing you’re probably wondering where to begin. A lot of this will depend on your budget. It’s important to remember unlike a one-time vacation this is an investment that will be enjoyed time and time again; plus it’ll add value to your home! If you need assistance with financing we do offer a variety of financing options.

Let’s begin your backyard project by laying out your outdoor living options:

Decks

A good place to start is a deck. It’s makes a great gathering point for outdoor parties, you’ll have a space to grill out, lay out next to your pool, or add a hot tub.

With decks, there’s a couple of options to consider:

1.) Maintenance Free Decks

Maintenance free decks are extremely popular right now. It includes all of the perks of having a deck without all of the work. These decks are made from made of high-quality cellular PVC. Maintenance free decks aren’t able to rot, crack, or splinter unlike wood decks. They won’t absorb moisture from weather or spills, which means no staining or sealing is necessary. Not to mention they come in a variety of color options and a lifetime limited warranty.

2.) Wood Decks

Though maintenance free decks are less upkeep than a wooden deck, wood decks have a rustic look that many materials struggle to replicate. This option offers the authentic elegance of real wood. There are many types of wood that can be used for outdoor decks, but not all offer the same benefits and maintenance requirements. Our experienced deck designers can help you to determine what wood variety is best for you based on your planned use and aesthetic requirements.

We’re not kidding when we say we’re experienced with decks, take a look at our deck photo gallery to view some of our past projects and to gain inspiration for your own deck!

Pergolas

If you’re looking for a shaded space in your backyard that has a charming aesthetic, pergolas are the way to go. A pergola is an outdoor structure consisting of columns that support a roofing grid of beams and rafters. This roofing grid may be left open or covered to create an area sheltered from outdoor elements. You can either attach a pergola to an existing deck or have a detached pergola elsewhere in your yard.

Maybe you like the idea of a shaded area, but still want the option of catching some rays if you so desire. In this is the case, you may want to opt into an operable pergola. Operable pergolas include automated movable roofs, allowing you to control the amount of sunlight or shade your patio or deck receives.

Our pergolas require no annual upkeep and offer a lifetime warranty.

Outdoor Kitchens

One of the latest trends in backyard living spaces are outdoor kitchens. These kitchens can be as detailed or as simple as you would like. Some common features people like to include in their outdoor kitchens are:

  • Refrigerators or wine refrigerators
  • A built-in cooler
  • A big-screen TV
  • A bar
  • A two-sided grill
  • A warming drawer
  • Side burners
  • Storage drawers
  • A dishwasher
  • A garbage disposal

Outdoor kitchens will likely require full wiring for electric and lighting, such as ground lighting, electric or gas lights, all of which our experienced contractors can assist with.

All in all, any new structure for your home will improve curb appeal and increase value as long as it’s done right. That’s why licensed and insured contractor should always handle major home improvements.

If you’re looking into a new deck but don’t know where to start check out our Deck Planner Guide.  For more information about adding a new deck to your home, download the Complete Guide to Deck Styles and Trends on the latest in deck trends for your back yard. Lastly, no matter what you do make sure to make it your own. Go with colors, designs and builds that will fit your individual needs to ensure you enjoy your outdoor living space for years to come.

Ready to begin your backyard project? Contact us today for a FREE quote.