Space-Saving Solutions: Creating a Functional Urban Escape
Posted 25 April 2023 1:20 PM by Michelle Hendricks
Living in an urban area often means sacrificing outdoor space, but with a small deck, you can still create an outdoor oasis to relax and enjoy the weather. Although designing a small deck can be challenging due to its limited space, there are many ways to maximize your small deck's potential and create a beautiful and functional outdoor living area without breaking the bank.
As a Deckorators Certified Pro Elite, Joel Boyer of Unique Deck has years of experience designing and building decks that perfectly fit his clients' needs. Joel offers valuable insights into how to maximize a small deck space.
Joel suggests using lightweight and durable decking materials such as mineral-based composite (MBC) decking. This is a great choice for small decks as it does not expand or contract like traditional composite decking, making it ideal for rooftops. Deckorators mineral-based composite (MBC) decking is a great option as it is beautiful and easy to clean, plus it retains less heat, making it ideal for warmer climates.
To provide shade over half of the roof deck areas, Joel suggests incorporating steel and wood pergolas that allow the sun to filter through. Solid roof pavilions with composite ceilings, lighting, and fans are also a great option to provide complete coverage and allow you to enjoy your outdoor living area all year round. The pergolas and pavilions are built in a modern style since many Chicago homes are of modern architecture. Some clients even mount one to three TVs below the pavilion to create a sports bar environment.
Maximizing your small deck space also involves incorporating multifunctional furniture such as custom built-in storage benches with Deckorators Decking. These pieces provide comfort and style while taking up minimal space.
To incorporate privacy walls, Joel uses mineral-based composite (MBC) decking as the material, which costs about the same as cedar after it is stained. Joel also recommends using Deckorators Aluminum Contemporary Rail and Cable Rail, as they have become the favorite among customers. These railings offer a sleek and modern look that complements the design of the deck and creates a cohesive look.
Adding greenery to a small deck can also bring life and color to your outdoor oasis. Stylish and functional vertical planters, such as a hanging garden system, can help you create a custom, multi-level garden with minimal effort. Additionally, incorporating a focal point, using color strategically, and adding lighting can fashion a significant impact on the overall feel of your outdoor space.
"After more than four decades in operation, it appears that the decking industry is poised for further expansion, and I must say that the current line of Deckorators products are the most exceptional ones that I've ever had the pleasure of selling and installing,” said Joel.
Maximizing a small deck space on a budget requires creativity and smart design choices. By using lightweight and durable decking materials, incorporating steel and wood pergolas or solid roof pavilions, adding multi-functional furniture and incorporating greenery, you can create an outdoor retreat that fits your needs and style. Remember to think outside the box and utilize every inch of your small deck space to make it a place where you can relax and enjoy the outdoors. Start your project today!