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After long weekdays filled with traffic jams and tight deadlines, more and more people are seeking the comfort of a relaxing getaway, right outside their own back door.
A well-designed patio or deck is the perfect retreat for delving into a good book, entertaining family and friends, or enjoying a breathtaking sunset before turning in for the night. Homeowners also want a smoother transition from indoors to out, with patios and decks functioning as “outdoor rooms” that reflect the look and feel of the home’s interior.
Not surprisingly, contractors have seen robust demand for patio and deck construction in recent years. The Census Bureau reported a 112.5% increase in new homes containing patios and decks from 2010 to 2017. Revenues are projected to reach $783 million in 2019.
Here are some of the trends driving patio and deck construction, whether it’s for a new build or an addition to an existing home.
Patios can be open, covered or enclosed, and can be made from a variety of materials.
While patios can be customized for almost any shape and size, the underlying terrain will be a factor. Pathways, walls and built-in benches help to integrate the patio with landscaping design for aesthetic beauty and easy access to garden areas.
Depending on size and layout, the patio may be just a small seating area or a large multifunctional space combining a variety of options.
Outdoor lighting also creates a nice ambience for evening activities, with options including built-in lighting systems, customized landscape lighting or LED string lights.
The traditional backyard deck has evolved, as clients look for customized designs in a range of materials and styles. Underdeck areas also offer extra living or storage space.
Deck designs can be further customized with a wide range of colors, accent materials and lighting options.
No longer an afterthought, the underdeck area can be adapted to provide extra usable space. Weatherproofing materials like special underdeck ceilings, waterproof membranes and between-board flanges protect against weather damage and provide a dry space underneath.
In addition to the construction and design factors above, economic developments will influence future demand for patio and deck projects. Although unemployment remains at historic lows and GDP growth is strong, home sales in April 2019 were down 0.4% from March and off 4.4% from April 2018. Contractors will continue to monitor these trends.
If you’ve got an upcoming patio or deck project, let Mid-City Lumber be your next stop. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you select the best materials to satisfy your clients and get the job done right.