Spring has sprung and summer is on its way! The birds are chirping, the days are longer, and buds are starting to form on the trees. We Canadians are crazy in love with all things summer, and that includes spending as much time as possible on our decks and patios. From morning coffee to late night, candlelit BBQs and everything in between, our decks are an oasis of fresh air and fun. Enhancing your deck and adding a few key upgrades can also help increase your home’s value when it comes time to sell. Let’s explore 5 easy ways to get that deck of yours totally ‘decked out’ in time for making special summer memories.
1) Keep it solid
Your deck has been exposed to long, cold winters and hot, sunny summers. The elements can sure take their toll, so it needs some care to keep it looking its best. Here’s how to get started:
- Inspect it
– look for loose nails, rotting boards, or decaying posts, etc. and replace as needed
- Give it a thorough cleaning – preferably with a power sprayer or scrub brush
- Sand it down if needed to avoid splinters and rough patches
- Stain, paint and/or seal it using products meant for our tough Canadian weather
Depending on your deck, the weather, your sun exposure, and the materials used, you may be able to get away with only refinishing your deck every 2 or 3 years instead of yearly. Just be sure to use the right products and do your research before you start.
2) Light it up
Kim Mitchell knows just how great patio lanterns can be. There are endless, amazing outdoor lighting options these days; you’ll have no shortage of choices when it comes to adding great lighting to your deck or patio. Using solar lighting is always a good idea, and you can also illuminate your steps and railings for added safety. String lights are very on-trend, especially the old-fashioned “Edison”-type bulbs. If your deck is covered, you can opt for hanging outdoor chandeliers and ceiling fans. If you want your deck having a cozier, living room feel, there are also table and stand-up lamps that are made for life outdoors.
3) Beyond BBQs
What’s a deck without a BBQ? Cooking outdoors is not only healthy and enjoyable, it’s also very social when you get to do it with your friends and family around. Be sure to have your gas BBQ installed by certified gas-fitters, or have an extra tank of propane handy if it’s not a gas BBQ. There’s nothing worse than running out of fuel in the middle of cooking a nice dinner. Another growing trend in decks is the outdoor kitchen; you can have full countertops, pizza ovens, sinks and even fridges installed outdoors to really enhance your outdoor eating and cooking experience. Your only limit to what you can add to your deck is your budget.
4) Décor trends
Years ago, most standard decks consisted of a table, some resin or metal chairs, a BBQ and likely some pretty planters. Now, well…now decks have taken on a life of their own and become more of an intimate, comfortable living space than just a place to eat. Having swings, sectionals, outdoor TVs and loungers on your deck are becoming more mainstream, and luckily, they come in weather-resistant materials that can withstand the elements. When thinking of your deck and its décor, you don’t have to have a big budget to get maximum enjoyment. Here are some clever ways to jazz up that deck and take it from drab to dynamite:
• Outdoor rugs – they come in all designs and sizes to suit your style
• Throw cushions – don’t be afraid to add lots of zest and colour, just be sure that you choose the waterproof variety
• Plants are essential – why not grow an easy herb box on your deck, or add some ornamental grasses to unique planters or built-in garden beds or boxes? You don’t need to stick to the same-old geraniums this year – visit your local garden centre and get creative!
• Fire bowls and chimineas on your deck are great ways to keep you outdoors longer - just be sure to check your local by-laws and get the proper permits each year
• Curtains – add a touch of elegance while gaining privacy with some outdoor curtains • Umbrellas – make sure you have enough shade
• Wall art – whimsical designs, bold patterns or funky metal options…it’s up to you
5) Store it
Even for tiny patios and decks, having storage space is very helpful and keeps your deck from looking cluttered. Outdoor benches, ottomans, side tables or under-deck storage boxes are all good ideas when it comes to having a clean, dry space for those BBQ tools, placemats, watering cans, citronella candles, kids toys, blankets and non-waterproof cushions.
Summers in our region are simply spectacular! Enjoying your home and making great memories is what we’re all about, including helping you get your deck all decked out for summertime fun and relaxation. If you are thinking of putting your home on the market in Collingwood, Meaford, The Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach or Grey County but aren’t sure how to get started, talk to us. At Clairwood Real Estate, we know what helps sell homes. Connect with one of our experienced, knowledgeable Realtors® at 705-445-7085 so we can a head start on the summer market and get you into your next dream home and onto that dynamite deck!