A Room without Walls in Southern California – How to Best Use Your Deck

by | Nov 8, 2019

You have a deck? First of all, a deck is an amazing addition to a home. You can do a lot of things with a deck space that many people cannot. But, second of all, since you have so many options, it might be a little overwhelming. That’s why you’re here, though, to find the perfect uses for your deck.

It’s a huge decision to finally decide how your deck will be put to use. But, once you make the choice, you won’t regret it. It just requires some thought first. You should be asking yourself essential questions, such as: How much time do you spend outside? If you don’t spend a lot of time outside, it might not be worth it to make a huge fuss. What is the weather like? If it’s super stormy outside all the time, you want your furniture to be able to withstand the rain. 

For Southern California residents, the year-round perfect weather makes the options limitless. You can transform your deck into anything you want. It doesn’t have to be a useless space in your home. You’ll just have to be ready to think out of the box and get creative. But, before diving into ideas of your own, it might be best to see how other people use their deck space?

These are a few of the most popular ways people transform and use their decks.

1. An Entertainment Space

Most of you probably guessed what would be most popular before reading this title. Well, you were right. Most people use their deck as a space to entertain guests. They host parties using the space, usually in the form of a barbecue or fancy dinner setting.

For a deck with entertainment purposes, it is essential to have a nice area for guests. You’ll want to have a dining space that suits your style of party. If you plan to have big parties, maybe consider a long table under a pergola. For smaller parties, a corner table settled in front of a privacy wall could be nice.

It really depends on your preference. It’s your deck and your party. You can style it to suit whatever aesthetic you desire. Decide whether you want your furniture modern or more eclectic. The style could also influence what kinds of parties you host.

2. A Quiet Getaway

Other than a party haven, some people prefer their deck to be their quiet escape. This is for those who love to connect with nature. A deck is a great way to close the gap between outside and inside. 

For this style, it’s essential to give yourself the getaway of your dreams. This might mean a nice sized hammock surrounded by plants and/or a green privacy wall. You could also opt for a bench nook area. It’s easy to craft an outdoor bench that opens to become a storage unit. That way, you can hide your books or other leisure activities for when it’s time to escape everything.

3. A Storage Space

This is the option for those who aren’t extremely interested in being outside a lot. A deck can work great as a storage space. This doesn’t mean that it has to be ugly though. You have a lot of options to make your deck stylish while still having the focus be storage.

As mentioned before, you could get a bench that doubles as a storage shelf. You could also have latticed fences onto which you can attach things. For storage space, try to make it look as natural as possible. You can also have huge cabinets and shelves outside if you aren’t worried about blocking your view. It is your deck after all.

4. A Garden

The last common way people use their decks is to build a private garden. With deck gardens, people usually focus on potted plants. However, you could also dedicate part of your deck to creating a raised wooden bed for your herbs and vegetables.

The garden is really up to you in terms of design and what you want to plant. You just need to make sure that your deck can support the weight of the raised bed if you decide to add it.

Make sure, too, that your deck is in a position to provide adequate sunlight to the plants that you decide to grow. If your deck is completely in the shade 24/7, your garden won’t have a chance to flourish.

It’s Time to Enjoy Your Deck

Now that you have some inspirations from other people, it’s time to put them to use on your own deck! There are so many things that you could do. If you are looking for professional help, our team at MG Construction and Decks would be happy to help. 

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