Today we are optimistic and sure warm weather is almost here. So let’s talk about adding details to an already existing deck. At our Archadeck office in Greensboro, NC we get potential customers calling to ask about certain garden structures. Primarily the need is for shade. Is it an “arbor”? What is a “trellis”? “Pergola”? “How to you pronounce that again”? If you have a deck with a southern or western solar orientation that means one thing , HOT. The Summer sun (even the Spring sun) glaring down all day is likely to overpower an awning or table umbrella. A simple pergola or arbor can offer comforting shade without feeling confining. If you add a polycarbonate roof (think Lexan) you achieve a sheltered spot from the rain and by adding a tint to it you increase further protection from solar rays.
- You might have a deck with plenty of natural shade-but no character. A fix for this problem is an open framework overhead matching the architecture of your home. To further define the space and add punch, you can combine features such as planters, ceiling fans or seating. With thoughtful placement of the open framework, there is the possibility for future enclosure of the area for use as a screened dining room.
- Too many decks are sterile or bland, and others just seem uninviting and bare. There are many ways to makes decks more hospitable and functional. You can easily enhance your deck by adding details, You know those outdoor things pergolas, arbors. . . Your simple deck can become a space where you want to hangout and spend your weekends.