The first steps to making your dream summer backyard oasis a reality is planning.
The outdoor living experts at Trex recommend checking these outdoor projects off your “to-do” check list.
Create a distinctive design
Start thinking about the style, shape, and color scheme of your outdoor space. Are your tastes country cottage or mostly modern? Do you desire a basic deck or one that spans multiple levels and wraps around your home? Order product samples and seek online tools that allow you to virtually experiment with different products, finishes and layouts.
Plan a secure and stable substructure
Long before any deck boards are installed, it’s crucial to create a strong base for your outdoor living space. A steel substructure, such as new Trex Elevations, will increase the value of your deck, while improving overall appearance. This ultra-durable deck-framing system manufactured of dual-coated, galvanized steel will ot warp, twist, split, or decay unlike traditional wood substructures and its stability creates a remarkably flat deck surface. Trex Elevations’ 25-year limited warranty offers additional peace of mind.
“Homeowners often don’t realize that much of a deck’s performance and aesthetics depend on what’s underneath,” says Adam Zambanini, vice president of marketing for Trex, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing. “A high-quality substructure offers a strong return on investment and adds years to the life of a deck. Just remember to build this additional and essential step into your project timeline.”
Research local contractors
One of the most important parts of planning an outdoor living space is selecting the right contractor. Look for a landscape professional who’s been specially trained to install the type of products you’ve chosen. Inquire about business licenses, liability insurance, and length of experience. Request references and make sure to call them.
Upgrade outdoor furniture
Consider replacing old, worn-out tables and chairs with stylish and durable wood-alternative pieces that won’t rot, crack, or splinter and never need to be sanded, stained or painted. If you’re not ready to invest in all new furniture, update upholstery and cushions with colorful, weather-resistant fabrics and consider a fresh coat of paint.
Do you need area for children to play? Would you like to increase your privacy from your surroundings? Do you have a preference for certain types of flowers or trees? What about a garden area? Be sure to note the ways you plan to use your outdoor space and share with your landscape professional.
For more outdoor living tips, project ideas and design resources, visit www.trex.com.