Summer is coming. If things go well, hanging out with your family or hosting friends may be an option in small groups. If you are like me, a little of in-person-socializing sounds very good right now! However, hosting on your old, dingy deck is not very appealing. The good thing is refreshing it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Try your hand at the makeover ideas below!
Restore your decking. Depending on the shape it’s in, sometimes all your deck needs is a little love. If it’s still fairly new, your deck might just need a deep cleaning and a new coat of sealant. There is a multitude of deck finishing and cleaning solutions on the market to choose from to achieve this. However, if its more worn down, the rejuvenation process may be a bit longer, including searching for larger repairs, tightening any hardware, giving it a good cleaning, applying a stain, sealant, and paint, and more.
Add lighting and upgrade furniture. Ambient lighting can completely transform your outside space into a relaxing, cozy oasis. Consider adding solar lights that don’t require a plugin or battery replacement. The lights turn on automatically when the sun sets, making your deck come alive. You can also consider paper lanterns, rope lights, mason jar lamps, or small twinkle lights, depending on the style and mood you’d like to set. How far you want to go with the furniture upgrade is up to you. You still can feel like a proud owner of the deck by the replacement of just one item. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t even have to be brand new. Search for deals. Craigslist is usually a good source for this kind of upgrade.
Build a privacy screen. Privacy screens come in all styles, shapes, and sizes. Consider purchasing and installing bamboo fencing or lattice panels for a quick and easy solution. Or, if you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can build a wooden frame and grow climbing plants or vines or stretch outdoor fabric in between. Whichever route you end up choosing, make sure you get the most out of your efforts by evaluating all lines sight before building.
What if your deck is in very bad shape and you want to take advantage of this quarantine time to take care of it? Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Budget: It may seem silly to bring this up, but most people think they know their numbers and still exceed their estimated budget. Thus, make sure to do thorough research and being prepared financially if you go over your budget.
- Home Equity. Getting a home equity line of credit allows you to borrow money against the value of your home. You receive usually up to 80 percent of your home’s value, minus the amount of your loan.
- Retirement Funds. Homeowners can consider pulling money from a 401K or IRA account, even though they aren’t specifically meant to cover a home renovation. This option might incur additional penalties or tax payments, but maybe worth it when making improvements that will benefit them financially in the long run.