Whether it is because we are sick of being stuck indoors or because of the general improvements in warm weather that global warming have brought about, more and more people are choosing to make the outside of their homes as important to their lifestyle as the inside. The number of people building rooms outdoors, and the frequency with which they use those rooms, has been on the rise for the last decade and is showing no signs of stopping. And it costs less than some people think to turn their backyard into their private oasis or haven.
The way in which these "extra rooms" are added to homes, of course, is in the form of decks, porches, or patios on the back or front of the house. These additions allow homeowners to take advantage of their own backyards on a regular basis, whether they are landscaped park style yards, fenced in yards with pools, or anything in between. They can also be great selling point for any home to potential buyers. A backyard deck can be used as a gathering place for company, as an additional room feature for your home, or as a place where you go out to relax and read. For the parent, a fenced backyard deck can also be a great place to set up some toys for your toddlers and get a little bit of quiet in the house.
At deck building company, Decksnstuff.ca, they believe the rise in the popularity of backyard decks has corresponded with a rise in the way people use them as well. A few years ago, the typical backyard deck would include a barbecue and maybe a few pieces of deck furniture, usually plastic. Today, the barbecue and furniture are still present, but in vastly different forms. Today's deck is as likely to include a deluxe barbecue that includes an icebox, huge grilling surface and state of the art iron, wood or other high end furniture pieces. Moreover, people are really starting to get into creating their own personal living spaces on their decks; televisions are being brought out on stands or even attached to the wall, and you really don't know perfect living until you have watched an evening of your favorite show outside under the stars, with your favorite beverages near at hand dining on delicious steaks.
The great news about decks is that they are not as hard to come by as people think. First of all, you need to get rid of the notion that all decks have to be raised platforms off the middle floor of your house. A deck simply refers to a platform that you can place your amenities on; it can be at ground level, and you don't even have to put it up next to your house (although if you want to plug that new barbecue straight into your gas source this is a good idea).
So, remember that you don't have to limit yourself as far as location when it comes to building your backyard deck. What you do need to do, however, is some basic background work to make sure your deck works for your needs and your house. All decks, even those at ground level, need some kind of post work done, and that means you have to dig deep enough to overcome the frost level in your area. And, of course, you want to make sure that the deck you choose to build suits your budget. Remember, a deck is more than a nice looking addition to your home; it is a chance to create a whole new room, with the sky as a ceiling!