Are you longing to spend the summertime lounging in a relaxing escape, right in your own backyard? Enjoying the afternoon as you grill burgers and hot dogs on your stunning patio? Without a doubt, quality decks are one of the top-rated features of homes in Virginia. For good reason too, with our amazing Virginia weather, everyone can’t wait to get outside!
Impressive Return on Investment
Making the decision to build a quality deck onto your home increases your enjoyment and will also increase your home’s value. According to Houselogic.com, on average, homeowners recoup over 80% of their investment through an increased selling price. That’s a better return than kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom additions!
Wow prospective buyers!
Increased value is only one of several benefits that homes with new decking enjoy. Homes with decks made from quality materials and professionally installed, sell twice as quickly! Guests viewing your home will enjoy themselves relaxing in your home, while prospective buyers will be enticed by the ideal of entertaining on the patio, making your home stand out when considering an offer.
Easy to build and design.
Choosing and designing your custom deck is simple and affordable. Decks are relatively simple to care for and require only minimal yearly maintenance to keep their appeal.
• Rattan and Wicker – Natural materials like rattan and wicker provide a casual, comfortable look for your deck, but they will require weatherproofing every few years. Synthetic rattan and wicker has a resin finish that will last a lot longer.
• Steel and Wrought Iron – Both materials are extremely sturdy, but will need cushions for comfort. They're great for the outdoors, but will need to be painted or treated periodically with a weatherproof finish to prevent rust.
• Aluminum, Plastic and PVC – These materials are rustproof, lightweight, inexpensive and easy to maintain with a little soap and water. However, because of their lightweight construction, they may need to be secured in high winds and storms.
As the winter months quickly come to a close, you may be dreaming of the many things you can do to welcome in the warmer weather. Fortunately, there are many fun things you and your family can do on your Woodscape deck that will have you loving every minute of your outdoor time. Here are a few of our favorites:
Plan a scavenger hunt: Using your deck as home base, plan an alphabet scavenger hunt in your back yard. Just make a label for each letter of the alphabet then set the kids loose to see if they can find an item for each letter. Whomever finds all 26 items first wins!
Plant a container garden: Nothing beats fresh veggies in the spring and summer! With just a few planters and some organic soil, you can grow your own vegetables this summer. Give vining veggies like pumpkin or cantaloupe room to grow upward by providing a sturdy trellis, and other top-heavy plants like tomatoes cages to keep them under control. You can also try companion planting to get the most out of your space.
Play lawn dice: Play a game of dice using a few blocks of wood that have been sanded down and branded with corresponding dots. Games like Farkle, Yhatzee or Craps make excellent party games because the rules are simple and multiple people can play. So break out the outdoor chalk board and challenge your friends to a friendly game of dice this summer.
Play life-sized chess: There is no time to be bored when there are board games to be played, and chess is no exception. If you've got the space, then why not make a checker board on you our deck using painters tape? After the board has been prepared, use black and while blocks of wood to play checkers, or use life-sized chess pieces for a more challenging game.
Summer is almost here. Celebrate with these fun deck activities for the whole family! To learn more about how a deck can transform your home, contact Woodscape Construction.
Your deck is an important part of your home. A beautiful, well-maintained deck adds value, function and expands your living space.
Just like the rest of your home, decks need to be maintained if they are to last. Being outdoors means they are exposed to the harsh elements that every season brings. Wind and sun, rain and snow. These elements each take their toll.
This abuse year after year can damage even the sturdiest deck construction.
Prepping Your Deck For Winter
Winter brings cold temperatures and moisture. These can cause a number of problems. Ideally, the best deck construction maintenance is prevention. Before winter hits, it is a good idea to thoroughly clean your deck. Remove dirt and debris. Applying a sealer will help keep moisture from seeping in and weakening the wood, or laying the groundwork for mold later on.
Sweep the deck thoroughly, and use a power washer. Allow the wood to dry and apply the sealer. This should be done every fall, before the rain and snow starts.
Tips For Winter Maintenance
It is a good idea to keep the deck free of furnishings and other items for the winter. Store patio furniture in the garage or shed. Potted plants should also be moved, or at least elevated on some type of stand. Furniture left sitting on the deck may cause rust marks. Water collecting underneath furniture, planters or other items may encourage rot and mold. Finally, be sure to shovel off any snow that piles up. Follow these tips to keep your deck in good shape all year long.
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We have had a busy fall here at Woodscape. Here is one of our most recent projects in Leesburg, Virginia.
This is a low maintenance gabled roof screened porch has Trex Transcend composite railing, PVC interior and exterior trim, and flagstone set on concrete floor.
Take a look at all of our other projects- custom porches in Virginia!
The homeowner wanted a low maintenance porch and deck and that is what we delivered! The decking is Fiberon Horizons and the railing is the Trex Transcend railing using round black aluminum balusters. The interior and exterior trim is PVC and the lattice skirt is made of vinyl and trimmed with PVC.
This low maintenance was the second project we did for this customer in Herndon Virginia. The project included an altered hip roof, skylights and a TV mounted inside of the porch.
Gone are the days of the simple wood deck furnished with plastic fold-up chairs. Decks of today are now outdoor living rooms with comfortable seating, cooking appliances, outdoor fireplaces, and built-in bars. Building a deck, however, can be a very extensive project and should be well thought out and planned. Following are some things to consider before you begin the design process.
The Purpose of Your Deck
A well designed deck should be an expression of how you live. It should look like an extension of your house with its style, size and decorative details matching your taste and fitting the way you and your family live. Your deck should complement its environment and blend well with your home and the natural elements that surround it. A truly attractive deck design is one that blends well with your existing home and landscape.
When determining how large your deck should be, consider all of the activities you want to take place on it. Remember, in addition to needing enough room for the activity itself, you’ll also need to think about the traffic flow through and around the area, and the furniture you plan to use. One helpful way to determine the size is to mark out the space on your grass using a hose, string line or marking paint. This will give you a genuine feel for the space.
There are many different materials available. Some homeowners opt for stained or sealed wood. However, if low maintenance is the route you wish to take, there are excellent composite and vinyl options that are resistant to warping and rotting.
To maximize the amount of use your deck gets, you must consider the direction your house and backyard faces. If your deck faces the sun, you may need to think about how you will get shade. Incorporating a pergola or other shade structure into your design will enhance your enjoyment on sunny, hot days. You may also want to consider a design that maximizes privacy from neighbors.
A well-designed outdoor space will give your home extra desirability.
It's almost summer, which means it's time to entertain guests outdoors! We specialize in the design and construction of Decks, Patios, Screened Porches and Gazebos. We have been a leader in the Outdoor Home Improvement industry for over a decade. Our teams of professional carpenters, many of whom have been with the firm since its inception, bring years of experience and knowledge to each job. With a wide range of products available, our designers work with customers to develop and tailor plans that are affordable, functional and aesthetic. We are very proud of our reputation and are happy to provide references.
We invite you to browse through our portfolio of decks, porches, sunrooms, gazebos, patios, walls and walkways. As you peruse these photos, please note that our projects include new construction, as well as renovation to existing structures!
Contact us today for a free consultation and estimation.