My extremely talented senior designer, Kimberly, recently started researching decks for her own home. Follow her blog notes below as she discusses thoughts and research on the products out there...
Outdoor Living Spaces
There are so many options to consider besides the size and shape of the the deck. Which materials (real wood vs. Trex engineered material), the railing designs and materials: iron, wood. How should the staircase look, one set or two? Do we need an outdoor kitchen, and fireplace? Here's a picture of our current situation (notice the playground we desperately need direct access to!):
|Barricaded with pressure treated lumber.|
Here's is what I dream for it to look like finished one day:
See the picture above? This deck is made from recycled materials. This particular company, Trex, has a great website with lots of useful tools. My husband loves the idea of maintenance free materials. No sanding or staining if we pursue this option. This particular design has a interesting radius curve to create a multi-level deck separating an outdoor living room seating group, from a fun gathering space around a fire pit. I would feel really good about our design, while sipping my chardonnay on this deck, knowing that, "Approximately 3.1 billion recycled grocery bags were collected for use to manufacture Trex products in 2010," (according to their website).