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Do dreams of lazy days soaking up the sun have you looking for a way to move the indoors out? Then a deck addition may be the solution, And the good news is that easy-to-install decking can mean that you don’t have to be a seasoned do-it-yourselfer to get started.
“Many homeowners are surprised to learn how hassle-free composite decking is to install,” says Scott Spencer, national account manager for ChoiceDek composite decking.
If you’re ready to put hammer to nail and get started, keep in mind these three simple ways to use composite decking to create a beautiful backyard retreat that will last for many summers to come.
1. Create a smooth surface: One of the keys to building a beautiful outdoor deck-escape is ensuring your deck will have a smooth, barefoot friendly surface. Even the most stunning deck designs can disappoint if nails and screws create unsightly dimples or later pop and create hazards for warm-weather fun.
2. Vary your design: With today’s high-performance composite deck boards, you don’t need to stick with a basic rectangle deck design. Whether you’re planning a small rooftop getaway or a multi-level deck, you can work the boards to maximize visual impact and enjoyment.
3. Deck out your living space: Incorporating a few simple deck add-ons can transform your deck into a true outdoor living room. For example, arbors and pergolas can provide shade, while giving you a place to attach speakers, lights and hanging plants.
Cut the clutter. Even the cleanest homes still feel messy if there’s lots of clutter. Before your open house, adopt a minimalist approach and keep your home as clutter-free as possible. Remember, you want buyers to see the beauty of your home, not simply the items you keep in it. An open house provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your home and help buyers fall in love with.
Although tastes and trends may change from one season to the next, selecting the right furniture pieces from the start will let you bring fresh new looks to your outdoor space in other ways. Sectional seating is an attractive option because it allows you to redefine your space in minutes. Look for a versatile collection in neutral colors, such as Pier 1 Imports’ Echo Beach collection. This sectional can be arranged in more than 20 different ways, allowing you to rearrange to your heart’s content.
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Landscaping adds immediate scenic interest to your space and allows you to showcase your creativity as well. If you choose to add annuals or perennials to your space, plant them in odd numbers and in tiny pockets around the yard: This produces a more natural appearance. You can also add a centerpiece to your yard, such as a sculpture, fountain, fire pit or horseshoe pit. Any of these focal points provides a gathering place and an excuse to enjoy relaxing afternoons on your beautiful lawn all season long.
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