A Deck with Something Special

by Jane VanOsdol on August 19, 2011

Many of us just can’t get enough of outdoor living in the summer. Barbeques, swimming, gardening and a competitive game of croquet are things we just can’t do in the winter. Having an outdoor entertaining space makes it a pleasure to invite friends and family over for a summer party. If you’re considering the possibility of adding a deck to increase your outdoor space, you may want to think a little outside of the box.

It may be that your home already has a beautiful deck right our your back door. But have you ever considered the options that a freestanding deck would give you? A freestanding deck is usually located away from the house in a spot specifically chosen just to get the best views of your yard. Designers will often times try to assimilate them into the landscape, making them blend in with and become part of nature, rather than having them be the focal point. Let’s look at a few ideas of what you could do with a freestanding deck.

Garden Retreat

Do you have a beautiful oasis area in your yard? Why not have your deck builder design a freestanding deck that lets you take advantage of all this natural landscape? Give the deck a low profile so that the emphasis is on the surroundings, rather than the deck. Some homeowners are even able to have the designer build the deck around a tree so that the tree appears to be growing in the middle of the deck. This will provide plenty of natural shade for your deck. You’ll want to opt for natural accessories for your deck like wicker furniture or wooden furniture. Be sure you add several pots of flowers and plants to the décor as well.

Hideaway

Another idea for a freestanding deck is to make a relaxing hideaway. Again, locate the deck in a garden nook or wooded area and then go about creating a space purely for relaxation. Add a hammock, a swinging chair, and/or a porch swing. Throw in some plush pillows and maybe a throw or two. Add yourself and your current book and escape from the pressures of the world for an hour or two or three.

Water Wonderland

If you’re lucky enough to have a large pond on your property, a perfect deck building project for this area would be a floating deck that extends out over the water. This serene backdrop would make a cozy, intimate spot for a romantic dinner for two. Be sure you add some tall plantings to create privacy and perhaps even incorporate a small fountain or waterfall to get the soothing sound effects of trickling water.

If you’re ready for a home improvement project with a little something special, consider adding a freestanding deck. It could inject a touch of serenity and peace into your life at the end of a frazzled, busy day.

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