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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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:46

How to Create a Usable Outdoor Space

Usable Outdoor SpaceIn Virginia, the seasons can be long, and the Great Outdoors are usually beautiful. Doesn't it only make sense to create usable outdoor space that allows you to take advantage of both of these regional characteristics to their full potential?

Usable outdoor space isn't as hard to create as you might think -- sometimes you just need a little creativity (or someone who's already done the online investigating!) Here are a few ways you can create usable outdoor space on your property:

Find the Right Furniture
Different types of outdoor furniture weren't only created to appeal to varying tastes of consumers; they're often meant to compliment unique spaces. Choose furniture that optimizes your deck, patio, or garden. You'll want to allow enough room to walk around it without making people feel like they're too distant to converse if they're sitting on it.

Extend Your Space with Pavers
Decks and patios can come with their own challenges and expenses. You may be faced with regulation or property barriers that prevent the implementation of porches. When you're trying to create usable outdoor space, don't rule out the idea of pavers or wood planks to elongate your outside living area.

Dream Big, Even if the Space is Small
Outdoor spaces have come a long way in the last few years, and even the smallest of spaces can be designed to be enjoyed the way nature intended. Multi-tiered decks are a great way to add dimension and separation to outdoor spaces. If you don't have room for a full-fledged patio, consider adding a gazebo to your backyard with a beautiful walkway to guide you and your guests from the house. The walkway alone can present visitors with your personal style based on variations of pavement, rocks, or wood.

Bring the Inside Out
Take into account the things you love to do when you're inside your home, and bring them outside. Do you love to cook? Entertain? Read? Everything you do inside can enhance your experience outside, especially if you plan accordingly for the things that truly bring you joy. Furniture, appliances, and the perfect setup can all do their part to help you bring the inside out so you enjoy your Great Outdoors.

Woodscape Construction is a premier deck builder in Virginia. If you'd like to learn how you can enhance or create usable outdoor space, give us a call or drop us a line!

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deck3916Virginia's mild climate is the envy of many places in the US, and your family can take advantage of it with a well-designed outdoor living space. If you want to beautify your home, get the most out of your environment, and treat your family to a special spot, here's how to approach it:


Define your dream

What sorts of outdoor activities draw your family together? Are you the sorts to host impressive grillouts which show off culinary skills, or the types to gather around a simpler fire pit for conversation and roasted marshmallows? Would you rather have a garden path full of little surprises and secluded nooks or a place to stretch out, doze in the sun, and enjoy the vista of a backyard butterfly garden? Envision how you would like to use your space, and proceed from there.


Find inspiration

When you know what you want, feed your imagination by researching similar projects. Take notes on the designs you find that make you feel happy or excited. Take note of the outdoor space you have to work with, as well as the geographical spaces of your yard: you can use those details to refine your search. A hilly yard, for example, might not be the best place for a patio – but it could lend itself well to a terraced garden, or you might choose to create a level floor by constructing a deck attached to your home.


Contact the experts

When you have your ideas, it's time to contact the experts. Look up testimonials and reviews, and speak to friends and neighbors who have undertaken a renovation project to create an outdoor living space. Then bring your ideas to the company you've chosen. Renovation experts can help you understand the implications of your design – not just in cost, but also in beauty and livability. They can also help you refine your design to better suit your needs in terms of aesthetics, terrain, and expense. Experts might even be able to help you see where a design you never thought was possible can be built for your home.


If you're exploring the idea of beautifying your home with an outdoor living space, contact us at Woodscape Construction today! We're proud to help homeowners realize their dreams, and offer expert guidance through every step of the process.

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