If you’re anything like us, you couldn’t be happier to be packing away the snow blower and taking out the lawn chairs. The summer of 2016 is officially on its way!
That means there’s no time like the present to install a deck or make repairs or additions to the deck you already have. These projects are generally worth the investment – in most reports, decks emerge as one of the best projects in terms of return on investment. Not to mention you’ll enjoy your investment a lot!
So, what are the hot deck features of 2016? If you’re thinking about a deck installation or upgrade, make sure you’re in the know.
Get the Fire Going in Style
In 2016, some of the coolest deck installations have a built-in space for getting a fire going. If your home’s architecture allows, a spectacular outdoor fireplace is the way to go.
This next-level deck feature forms a focal point like no other, providing a natural space to crowd around. Better yet, an outdoor fireplace means you can make use of your deck in all seasons.
Seating That’s Comfortable, Convenient, and Seamless
Built-in seating is one of the most highly sought-after deck features of 2016! (And wouldn’t it go perfectly with the outdoor fireplace?)
Why built-in seating? When the furniture is a seamless part of the deck, it creates a cleaner look with a lot more open space. For smaller decks, this can mean the difference between a crammed look and a spacious one.
Plus, most of the time, built-in seating can be constructed to include storage space underneath, providing a natural spot to keep anything from cushions to outdoor games.
Create Shade Without Compromising
Lastly, a pergola is a beautiful and popular deck feature for 2016. Not only is a custom-built pergola a work of art, it creates shade for the deck without compromising the feeling of being outdoors. Not to mention the lower cost associated with pergolas when compared to building a roof over your deck.