Even though it’s cold and snowy outside, this is the best possible time to start thinking about your 2021 deck experience. Whether you’re planning on having a new deck built or want to upgrade your existing deck to make it more fun and less funky, here are the outdoor living trends you’ll want to know about:
The Shade Feature: When you’re going to be spending a lot of your summer close to home, you’ll want a place that allows you to get out of the sun while still enjoying being outdoors. This is especially important if your family includes very young people or seniors, as these two populations are most vulnerable to becoming overheated. Shade features can include a screen porch – one of the most popular options in the North Shore area – as well as roofing some or all of a porch.
Planters, Flowerboxes, and Raised Beds: Did you discover gardening in 2020? You’re not alone. The hottest trend in deck design is integrating planters, flowerboxes, and even raised beds into or adjoining the deck. The benefit of these features is that they make it very easy to maintain plantings once they’ve been established. Raise beds and planters are easier to weed, especially for homeowners who have back or joint problems.
Cheerful color & joyful design: Deck design is as much about aesthetics as it is about functionality. One of the top 2021 trends to be aware of is cheerful color, with deck hues chosen carefully to add some excitement and happiness to the property. Here in the North Shore area, we’ve already seen increased demand for red and blue decking materials – and of course, there’s absolutely no limit to the colors that can be integrated via deck furniture, fabrics, and accessories.