how to best deck out your living space

The May long weekend in Canada is generally considered the official launch of Summer: warm weather (hopefully) becomes more consistent, the school year winds down, and seasonal cottages officially open. Whether you head to cottage country or your backyard, make the most of your outdoor living by creating a decked out space for entertaining and relaxing.

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Fresh Home & Garden

If you don’t have an existing deck, you’ve got a little more work ahead of you to get started. Be thoughtful in your planning and design—rectangles aren’t the only shape!

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photo: Jay Graham Photography

Consider adding angles or curves to make the most of your outdoor space.

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Levels are a great way to add functionality and create separate zones.

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Trex Transcend® in Spiced Rum and Vintage Lantern and Transcend® railing in Classic White and Vintage Lantern

An ever-expanding array of new deck-building materials, colours, and components–both natural and man-made–also make it easier than ever to create a unique look and space.

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Lighting is important and shouldn’t be an afterthought. Solar lights or LEDs can illuminate the underside of umbrellas and pergolas, post caps, and stair risers for safety.

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Kentfield curved hardwood deck with built-in seating and a table/flower garden.

For many people, adding a deck is like adding a room. So how you will you use it matters. Would it make sense to include custom benches, water features, cooking appliances, and plantings?

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Do you need privacy from nosy neighbours?

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Centric Design Group, Netherlands

Or a buffer of some sort against the sounds of traffic or the people two doors down who like to loudly entertain?

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Furniture by the Los Angeles artist John Williams | photo: Anthony Cotsifas

If nights can get cool, don’t forget a heating element of some sort, be it heating lamps, candles, or a fire pit or fireplace. (Be sure to check your local by-laws before creating an open fire area!)

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Anne Hepfer via House Beautiful

Once your deck is built, it’s time to decorate your room or spaces.

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If you want an outdoor space to feel like a room, treat it like one.

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Architectural Digest

Add comfortable outdoor furniture and layer in accessories like area rugs, toss cushions, plants, firewood, or lanterns.

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Annabelle Chapman Architect Pty Ltd

To extend the time you can enjoy outdoors, consider shading options. Both standalone and retractable shading systems exist.

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Chicago Green Design Inc.

When choosing which solution is best for you, are you protecting yourself only from the sun? Or would you like something that will also provide protection from light rain?

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Fresh Home & Garden

Happy outdoor living!

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