Wednesday, 14 September 2016 18:08

How to Create a Usable Outdoor Space

outdoorlivingspaceSummer is here and, even better, autumn is just around the corner. These are the months in which homeowners everywhere are looking for ways to make their outdoor spaces more usable, enjoyable, and attractive. Here are some of our suggestions for enhancing an outdoor space to make your property more functional and beautiful for yourself and for entertaining guests:

Build a deck

Decks are a key component of making an outdoor space more useable as they provide for a flat, easily cleanable space. They are also an ideal spot for furniture and outdoor equipment like a grill, where people can mingle, and where you can relax to enjoy your property. There are a variety of deck options you can choose, from small backdoor patios to expansive decks that run the whole length of your house. There are also several great building materials to choose from including traditional cedar decking and new, easily maintainable composite material.

Add garden lighting 

Garden lighting makes your outdoor space more usable during dusk and nighttime while also enhancing the nighttime curb appeal. Plus, decorating with garden lighting is a fun way to put your own unique touch on your backyard as you'll have a ton of options to play with. There are lanterns that can be hung from trees, roofs, and posted along your deck, or you might opt for low-voltage path lights that meander around your lawn. 

Lay out pathways

If you like the idea of path lights, you might also add special pathways in your backyard to both keep people from trampling on your grass and gardens and offer an aesthetic touch. You might consider working with a contractor to determine the most logical locations and best path materials for your backyard.

Build garden beds

Raised garden beds and terraced gardens are ideal places to plant flowers, vegetables, and other greenery. Such raised methods allow you to easily add soil that is more suitable to the plants you want to grow and provide for much better drainage for healthier plants with a longer lifespan.

To learn more about the different things you can do to enhance your backyard space, or for help deciding which is the best deck design and materials for your property, contact us today at  at Woodscape Construction. We are the leader in Northern Virginia decking and are well equipped to help you meet your design, budget, at site requirements for your new (and very usable) backyard deck.  

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Outdoor Living SpaceThat point in the year when the leaves change color and the weather starts to grow colder is usually when most people decide to put their outdoor furniture in storage and prepare spend winter indoors. However, the people who do this are missing out on all the outdoor enjoyment that the coldest season has to offer. Furthermore, there are benefits when constructing an outdoor living area. When it comes to building a wood deck, most of these people would say that this should be done in the spring or summer; however, the experts agree that the best time to build a deck is actually in the fall or in the winter. Here are a few reasons why:

You Are Able to Avoid Bad Weather
The weather during the spring and summer is much less predictable than it is during the colder months. This means that the likelihood of bad weather delaying the completion of your deck is significantly reduced with fall or winter construction. You will be able to get your outdoor living area done in much less time. On the other hand, if you start during the warm months, you could miss out on some of the best weather while your deck is under construction.

There is a Shorter Wait Time
Building your deck in the winter or fall also allows you to avoid the backlogs that contractors face during the warmer months. In some cases, having your project done in the colder part of the year can cut your wait time by as much as 50 percent.

There is Less Damage to Your Landscape
Because your landscape will be dormant during the colder months, there will be less damage to your turf during construction of your outdoor living area. The result is that when the spring rolls around, your lawn and shrubbery should bounce back as green as ever.

If you're ready to start creating your dream outdoor living area, contact our experts at Woodscape today!

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