Deck Design Options for your Northern Virginia Home

March 13, 2018

As Spring quickly approaches, it causes us to look forward to times where we can enjoy our outdoor space once again. Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent, but if your home lacks an enticing outdoor living space, there’s little incentive to venture out. 

Check out our featured deck design options for your Northern Virginia outdoor living space! 


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1. Screened-In Porches

Screened-in porches are a great way to extend the seasons, especially as summer brings it's heavy humidity. The ability to add additional living space to your home also increases its resale value. 

As you can see in the photo below, one of our clients was looking to add outdoor living space, while still keeping with the style of their existing home. Custom carpentry and trim, along with stained cedar ceiling make this screened-in porch a design marvel! 



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2. Screened-In Porch & Deck Combination

Adding a screened-in porch to an existing deck can be done depending on the deck that is already there. The structural integrity of the footers of the existing deck must be able to support the weight of the new screened-in porch. It's important to consult with a knowledgeable builder that works closely with a structural engineer to ensure that the existing deck can hold the new structure. 


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3. Deck, Screened-In Porch & Grilling Station

Some clients will do their exterior renovations in pieces, a little bit at a time, while others choose to do it all at once to create a cohesive look. Such is the case for a recent client of ours that wanted to remove their existing deck and create an outdoor oasis to accommodate their year-round entertaining of guests. 

By creating a wrap-around porch with a grilling station and screened porch, it allows the homeowners to entertain their guests during any season. 



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Things to Consider:

1. Decking Material Choice & & Maintenance

The type of material you choose can have a big impact on your budget and the overall design of the exterior space. Check out these material options outside of just regular treated wood. 

A. Trex- is a composite decking that is made of recycled wood, sawdust and recycled plastic. Trex is more expensive than regular wood, but can last up to 10 years and requires minimal if any maintenance. 

B. Zuri- is actually not made of wood at all, but is instead a PVC base with a photo print of actual wood on top. Zuri is a new product and considered cutting edge. With that comes a higher price tag. It requires little to no maintenance. 

C. Evergrain- is similar to Trex decking, in that it too is composed of wood by-products and recycled plastic. The downside of this decking is that it requires heavy amounts of chemicals in it's production and once created, cannot be recycled. 




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2. Matching the Roofing Material

Matching the roof on a screened in porch can be a challenge, but it is not impossible. The newer your current roof is the more likely a match can be found. The older the roof, the harder an identical match will be. Some homeowners with older roofs can choose to replace both roofs at the same time. 


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3. Lighting

Lighting can be instrumental to the overall design of the new deck and screened-in porch. Not only does proper lighting allow for you to extend your time outdoors, but it also can change the mood of how the space is enjoyed. More and more, homeowners are choosing to add feature lights into their decks, such as the one featured below. 



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4. Permits

It may seem like doing a deck on your own is a way to save money, but think again! It's crucial to pull a permit for any exterior project of your home, as if you ever decide to sell your home with un-permitted projects, you may not be able to. 



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 Interested in a free estimate, or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or fill out a short contact form. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page.   

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