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Rustic Wood Fencing & Decks

A deck is a worthwhile investment.  In fact, as far as property value goes, decks often provide as much as an 80 percent return on installation costs. With the right craftsmanship and appearance, a wood deck can boost the value and enhance the living space of a home.

In this video, you can see how one home not only increased its value with a cedar deck, but how the quality workmanship improved the appeal and monetary value on the market. Existing features, like hot tubs, can be further accentuated home when surrounded and accented by a quality deck with gorgeous, detailed touches.

You can create several unique spaces in backyards of any size. Using a few clever design techniques and refined architectural touches, a backyard can easily become an extension of the spaces inside your house, while maintaining a unique outdoor feel to facilitate relaxation and recreation.

Define Your Spaces. Using several design elements and your own touch of style and creativity, you can let a space define itself with function and appearance. Decking and wood fencing are one way to create clear borders. Within a deck, you can use furniture and accents to delineate distinct areas. A barbecue grill at one end of your deck helps to quickly mark off an area for cooking, while the other end can have reclining patio furniture built in for relaxation.

Accessorize. By choosing outdoor furniture that fits the mood of the space you’re trying to create, you’ll evoke a feeling that helps to further define the area. For example, if you’re angling to create an outdoor living room, find comfortable outdoor furniture and cushions. Don’t forget accent pieces, like lamps or coffee tables that are suitable for outside use. On the same token, stay with the outdoorsy theme with torches or colors and textures that match your yard and gentle reds or browns that complement your wood fencing.

Use Your Architecture. Shaping and sizing your landscape is an important element of outdoor design.  While you can create any shape you want, it’s best to work with pre-existing architecture.  For example, if you have a wooden deck, then perhaps enhance your yard by adding a beautiful cedar fence.  Remaining within a theme can help foster unity between the house and yard.

Follow the links below to learn more about the different types of available decking as well as how to care for your wooden fence throughout the seasons.

  • Read this article from eHow.com for tips on caring for a cedar wood fence all year long.
  • To learn more about how to keep your wood fence in good condition and resistant to the elements, visit this article from HGTV.com.
  • Head to this page on ThisOldHouse.com to find out how the addition of a wood fence can beautify your yard and add privacy.
  • See how a rustic wood deck can add character to your home on this page from About.com.
  • Check out these slides on BHG.com to see what composite decking has to offer in terms of looks, maintenance, and durability.

Adding a deck to your home can transform your backyard by adding an attractive entertaining area or a simple retreat for you and your family. There are a couple of choices in decking materials, each of which comes with its own look and level of required maintenance.

Wood Decking

Nothing beats the look of a genuine wooden deck. Western red cedar is a durable and beautiful wood that is an excellent choice for a deck. Your home can be truly striking when you pair a cedar deck with cedar wood fencing.

Wood decks age well when proper care is given.  For example, cedar turns to an appealing silver-gray over time if sealed, but unstained. A stained and sealed deck will also last for years, but the stain will maintain its original color without change.  A custom wood deck will add usable space to your home while increasing its value. An outdoor space can become a relaxing sanctuary with the simple addition of a gorgeous wood deck.                                                                                                        

Composite Decking

As an alternative to wood, composite decking is a low-maintenance material that can offer the look of wood without the required maintenance. Composite decking is a green alternative that comes in a wide variety of colors and styles.

A composite deck can be customized in the same way as a cedar wood deck, so you can still enjoy a professionally-designed outdoor paradise with the look of wood. Consult your Arlington Heights decking installer for information on caring for your composite deck, including cleaning and seasonal care.

Living in the heat without shade makes it very difficult to enjoy your back yard. Using an arbor or pergola is a great way to rejuvenate your backyard.

In this video, you can see how one home received a full backyard makeover by adding gorgeous, low-maintenance decking and a helpful and stylish pergola.  Watch this clip to see how a few simple additions that can transform your own home’s yard into an outdoor paradise.

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