The top decking trend of 2016 is this: outdoors are the new indoors. As the options for outdoor luxury increase, people are spending more time outside than ever. It makes sense that people love spending time outside, especially in the spring and summer months. Even more so here in northern California — we have the perfect climate to enjoy being outside year round.
Outdoor furniture and technology have advanced greatly in recent years. Gone are the days when your only options were a stiff wooden picnic table and maybe some Adirondack chairs. Now the selection of outdoor furniture available is nearly as diverse as indoor furniture. You can find pieces suited to any style or function, too. Tables, chairs, sectionals, loveseats, even pillows and rugs designed specifically to withstand the elements. Now you can be just as comfortable sitting out on your deck or patio as you are in your living room! It just makes sense. After all, what’s the point of having a backyard if you’re not going to enjoy it?
Set the Mood
Outdoor lighting allows you to get more use out of your deck as well. Good lighting lets you continue to relax outside long after the sun goes down. And a fire pit is a great choice for providing ambiance and warmth on chilly nights in northern California. Furnishings and decor that reflect your personality are important too. If you create a beautiful, usable space for yourself, you’ll naturally find yourself spending more time outdoors enjoying it. With the advances in outdoor decor and furnishings, it’s possible to make your deck look just as inviting as the interior of your home.
This mentality of extending the home outside goes so far as to suggest recreating your home outdoors, in a way. Many people naturally set up their space this way anyway. But now there’s been a deliberate effort to set up outdoor spaces with different areas for different activities. There might be an area for grilling, a different space for sunbathing, a separate seating area beyond that, and so on. And for those who take their backyard barbecues very seriously, fully functional outdoor kitchens are becoming an option!
Find a Design that Works for You
Multi-level decks are an excellent way to break up the space and create a natural separation between areas. A popular option is placing a barbecue grill and table on the level nearest the house, a seating area on the next level, and maybe a pool or hot tub on the level below that. By doing this, you create a nice flow into the backyard, and it’s great for entertaining.
Even on a single-level deck, setting up different areas breaks a large space into smaller, more intimate areas. This allows guests to feel comfortable wandering between and mingling in. A multi-level deck or the addition of a gazebo or pergola makes a statement and very clearly defines different sections. On the other hand, if you prefer a less-noticeable separation, arranging your furniture and leaving spaces between focal points can subtly break up an outdoor space.
No matter how you do it, bringing a little of your home outdoors will be a worthwhile endeavor. Make good use of your space and you’ll have an outdoor escape to enjoy the sunshine in northern California all year long. Whether you need a deck or just want to add a gazebo or fence, we can help. Deome2 Builders will be happy to help you create the backyard of your dreams here in northern California!