A deck can make a spectacular addition to any outdoor living space, and it can significantly increase the overall value of a home. When the sun’s out and the weather’s perfect, there’s no reason to be stuck inside. Enjoy the great outdoors right outside your home by creating an outdoor living space. Nothing expands outdoor space like a deck, but building one yourself can be expensive, time-consuming and a real pain, right? Not necessarily, as long as you have home-improvement skills that are just slightly above average. And you can save as much as half the cost by building your own deck.
For comfortable seating, choose from a wide selection of outdoor furniture, including patio tables and chairs, sofas and bistro sets. Add a touch of style to your outdoor space with fountains, bird baths and other outdoor decor. A patio umbrella or awning provides shade from the sun, and an outdoor fan keeps you cool on hot days. When the weather turns cooler, you can warm up with an outdoor patio heater or fire pit. The right combination of deck accessories can go even farther toward creating the outdoor oasis every homeowner dreams of owning. See some of the building materials we recommend.