Homeowners who install a high deck have some decisions to make in regards to what to do with the space underneath the deck. Some homeowners are sure what to do with that space and end up covering it with lattice or surrounding it with bushes. In this blog article, we would like to suggest some alternative ideas for your ‘under deck’ that can add value to your home.
A great idea for your under-deck area is to create a low maintenance garden. The first step in creating a low maintenance garden is to prevent weeds from growing up through your plants by covering the area with heavy duty black plastic and then spread gravel over the area. Gravel comes in a variety of textures and colors to create exactly the look you want for your garden. The next step is to plant your under-deck garden with low-maintenance plants which will need to be shade loving plants. Shade plants come in a variety of colors and textures so your garden design options are endless. When selecting plants for your under-deck area you will want to be careful to select plants that won’t grow too large or tall. Your local nursery will be able to help you select the perfect mix of plants that will thrive in your under-deck area. Depending on the height of your deck, you may also want to consider hanging plant baskets.
If you deck is tall enough you may want to consider using your under-deck as more usable, livable space garden space by creating a patio area. Another great idea would be to possibly combine your patio with some garden space, depending on the size of the area. Ideas for patio designs are virtually endless, you can use patio pavers, stone or even stamped concrete to create a beautiful under-deck living space and double the entertaining space that your deck creates.
When you and your deck contractor are designing your deck, be sure to include plans for your under-deck area so that those plans can be incorporated into the overall design and installation process. Our deck installation experts are ready to get started when you are! Give our office a call to speak to one of our many experienced deck designers so that we can get started on your dream deck!