5 Creative Lighting Ideas for your Deck

deck-lightingFar too many homeowners default to uninspired lighting choices when building or renovating decks. That’s a shame since a little creative lighting can add a lot of ambiance to the mix. Here are a few novel ways to illuminate any deck or porch.

Glow-in-the-Dark Paint

The great thing about glow-in-the-dark paint and other materials is the fact that they can be applied in so many different ways. For instance, you could paint up a few planters for ornamentals and arrange them around the deck’s edges.

Hanging Lanterns

Even if you don’t have an enclosed deck or awning, you can still set up a variety of lanterns with little effort along the railings. Metal frame lanterns with glass panes look classy and generally provide superior illumination.

Gas-Fired Torches

If you want to feel like you’re on a tropical beach, gas-fired torches are the way to go. The popular Tiki variety are always a good option and jive with many different types of home decor in any environment.

Embedded Bulbs

Setting some LEDs into the deck planks or the railing posts is a great way to stand out from the crowd. Outdoor LED lights are resilient and can be recessed into just about any surface that you can imagine.

String Lights

What’s good for the Christmas tree can be great for the deck if you pick the right bulbs and colors. String lights can be conveniently stored on the type of roller device that you’d use to reel out a garden hose.

A Million Ways to Brighten the Deck

If you want your deck to look great and be truly unique, there’s hardly a dearth of options to choose from. The ideas discusses here are certainly a great way to get started.

Celebrity Decks, Patios and Porches

The benefits of adding a porch, deck or patio are many. People are naturally drawn to the outdoors. Whether to clear our minds, party with friends or play with the kids, we just feel better when we step out into our own little slice of nature.

Everyone benefits with an outdoor living area, and celebrities are no exception.

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Taylor Swift’s Patio:

Taylor Swift’s patio surrounds her unique B-shaped pool outside her Rhode Island home. This patio gives the pool added eye appeal, and it is an inviting area to enjoy the view of the Eastern Seaboard.

 

 

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Oprah’s Wraparound Porch:

The ocean view from Oprah’s homestead porch in Hawaii is nothing short of incredible. The porch wraps around the entire home. Just one of the doorways leading to the porch is from her bedroom. What a spot to experience the tropical breeze and stare out into never ending blue.

 

 

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Michael Jordan’s Patio:

Cornelius, North Carolina is home to Michael Jordan’s lakefront mansion. The patio which looks over Lake Norman is as large as one would expect of this NBA legend. Strategic lighting and beautiful architecture is seen on this patio. In the center is an appealing water fall. A long guest list is needed to fill this patio area.

 

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Bruce Willis’ Pool Side Deck:

Outside of Bruce Willis’ Beverly Hills mansion is a pool surrounded on all sides by a smooth looking deck. The wooden lounge chairs with blue cushions are the perfect accents for this gracious looking wood deck. Indeed, this is a picturesque outdoor area.

 

Large or small, quaint or extravagant, a deck, patio or porch not only increases your home’s curb appeal, it is your own private oasis. It is where one feels connected to nature while not having to leaving home. Steadfast has a wonderful gallery of beautifully designed decks, patios and porches to help you create your perfect oasis. Call or Email us today for a free estimate!

Low Maintenance Decks are Worth Every Penny

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Perhaps you’re thinking of building a new deck. When you decide which type of deck to install, one important question you need to ask yourself is how much time you’re willing to spend on maintaining it. If you consider the maintenance time and costs required, and the overall lifespan of the deck, you’ll find that the seemingly most cost-effective option — pressure treated pine — isn’t necessarily the best overall value for the money you’d spend.

If you’re looking to get the best overall value, and the best long term return on your investment, it’s also worth considering building your deck from low maintenance materials such as hardwoods or composite. These materials do cost more upfront, but they greatly reduce the amount of time and money you’ll have to spend on maintaining your deck. They also have the potential to achieve double the lifespan, as compared to pressure-treated pine.

Your deck’s lifespan will depend on many factors, including materials, your local climate and whether you consistently invest in giving it the amount of maintenance it needs.

On average, homeowners inland usually enjoy their pressure-treated pine decks for somewhere around 15 years. Composite decks often come with 25 year guarantees. Installation costs vary, but composite and hardwood decking does tend to incur higher costs in this area as well.

However, the upfront costs are more than offset by increased lifespan and lower maintenance costs in the long run, making composite decks and hardwood decks a better overall value for the money spent on them. Most homeowners are able to reach their full return on investment within a time period of about 4 – 7 years.

Wondering what maintenance considerations are actually involved? For pressure treated pine decks, you’ll have to stain and seal them periodically. Warping is a possibility you may have to contend with.

When it comes to decking materials, the old cliché is true. You really do get what you pay for. For homeowners who don’t enjoy spending time on maintenance, or want to avoid having to rebuild their decks again in about 15 years, low maintenance decks are worth considering. Make your investment count.

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