Summer is officially here! The days are longer, and the temperature is slowly rising here in Chicagoland.  If you’re anything like us, you probably find it impossible to sit inside when the weather is so nice. On a warm summer day, you need a beautiful oasis to enjoy. Somewhere you and your family can enjoy the cool breeze and a delicious meal. Or maybe it’s where you find five minutes of peace and quiet, a sweet escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. To find that magical place, you don’t need to travel far – just to your backyard.

If you’re considering adding a deck or porch or updating the one you have that needs some TLC , check out these five deck design trends for 2019!

Go the Non-Traditional Route

One concern for homeowners when thinking about an outdoor oasis is space. “Do I even have enough room for a deck?” A huge trend is building decks in non-traditional spaces. Rooftop decks are perfect for homes with minimal outdoor area. A freestanding deck is a superb choice for those homes or Chicago condos that aren’t suited for a deck directly off the house. Thanks to moisture-resistant deck understructure systems, it’s possible to build beautiful decks in non-traditional spaces.  Want to build your freestanding deck over your backyard pond? A moisture-resistant understructure system offers minimal moisture deck-board absorption and is ideal for decks in or around water. They also help in areas where winters tend to be wet, like Chicago, by collecting and channeling moisture from between deck boards and releasing through a drainage system.  This prevents mold and mildew from building up on the deck and causing erosion.

Throw Some Shade

Don’t let the rain (or snow!) force you inside. To lengthen the deck and porch season in Chicagoland, it’s all about overhead coverage. A bit of shade protects you from the elements and maximizes your time and enjoyment on your deck or porch. Worried about throwing off the aesthetic you’re going for? Any material can be used to build overhead coverage like wood, glass, tin or even lattice! Still want to enjoy some sun on your deck or porch? Go for partial overhead coverage so you can soak up some vitamin D but also escape the elements.   

Add A Dash of Fire and Water

Want to take that outdoor space up another notch? How about a water feature or a fireplace? A fireplace allows you to enjoy your deck or porch even when the weather gets cooler. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy a crisp Chicagoland evening then sitting by the fire!

Thinking more zen than roasting marshmallows? A small fountain can bring a soothing, natural feel to your deck or porch.

It’s All About the Lighting

Want to set the mood for your space? Enjoy a peaceful escape long after the sun goes down with soft accent lights. Lighting is an easy way to give your space that peaceful, cozy feeling. This feature is a total space-saver and turns your outdoor space into the ultimate relaxation destination.

Take A Walk on the Bold Side

Just because it’s a deck doesn’t mean it has to be boring! There are so many new colors available when building a deck and bold colors are trending. Think red-browns, caramels, earthy shades of clays and even mushroom tones! A bold color or stain for your deck is a simple way to add warmth and vibrancy.

If you’re looking to build the porch or deck of your dreams, call Mega Pros! We would love to come out for an onsite visit to gain an understanding of your needs and vision. Give us a call at 847.658.8989 or send us a message on our contact page for more information on the services we offer.

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