A deck done the right way can make you feel like you are on vacation at your very own home. Fortunately, it is relatively inexpensive to upgrade an existing deck, and any money spent on improvements is money well-spent. According to Remodeling magazine's most recent Cost vs. Value report, a wood deck project returns an average of nearly 82 percent of the investment.
Some low-cost additions and features include:
- Planters: Add color and excitement to your outdoor living area by installing planters. Go all out with built-in versions made of the same material as your deck and use them as living privacy screens, or opt for planters that attach to the railing or hang from a pergola or trellis.
- Railings: High decks require railings for safety, but the railings don't have to get in the way. While most railings match the deck, you can also choose to paint them to match or contrast with the exterior of your home. Another option is cable railings, thin stainless steel cables strung tautly between wood or metal posts, so the railing doesn't obstruct your view.
- Overhead structures: You can block the sun with a variety of overhead structures. Options range from the more-expensive wood pergolas and trellises to knit fabric shade sails. The sails cut the glare of full sunlight, while also adding color to your outside area.
It's easy to increase your deck's appeal and add value should you decide to sell your home.