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Plan a Deck Update

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Add flair and function to a basic builder's deck with these tips for an affordable facelift. These seven tips will help you stay on budget, introduce some color, and add privacy.

Deck makeover with privacy screens

Keep a deck makeover budget-friendly by enhancing the basic structure. Before, this deck was builder-grade basic, but the platforms, rails, and balusters were in good shape. With a new coat of stain and a few updates this deck moved from basic to brilliant.

 Daytime deck screens detail

1. Create privacy with screens. Use screens to block out views of neighboring yards yet keep intact an open, airy feel.

2. Refresh a plain wooden deck with stain. Choose solid color acrylic deck stains in two colors, one for the main exterior color and an accent color. (We used Cabot Sycamore and Foothill stains.)

 Deck with skirt

3. Hide the dead space under the deck by adding a skirt. Aluminum panels add an artistic element and provide an interesting backdrop for plant beds.

4. Fill in blank spaces around the deck with plants. Shade-loving plants in containers add an artistic element and hide the dead space under the deck. The containers add a spot of color to the yard.

deck with stair location moved

5. Improve the flow of traffic by moving the stairs. Before, the stairs were too close to the back door and created an awkward flow from the house to the yard. Moving the stairs opened up the path and made room for a grill.

6. Add architectural details with an overhead structure. This structure mirrors the home's style and gives the deck the look of an outdoor room.


7. Create a focal point by highlighting a scenic view in the yard. The two posts of the overhead structure frame a section of the yard the way a picture frame focuses attention on a piece of artwork.

These updates were made to an existing 12'x14' deck. The total cost of the enhancements was approximately $1,500. Costs and building codes vary. Because the size and structure of your deck (as well as the size of your house and yard) will differ from what's shown, building plans specific to this deck were not provided. For additional help, please contact your local Lowe's store representative.

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