The average homeowner takes a lot of care to ensure that the interior of their property looks great. This is certainly acceptable, but we believe that the exterior of your home should be considered an extension of what’s inside. One great way to extend the look of your home interior to the outdoors is with a great looking deck, outdoor dining space, and backyard. If you are looking at undertaking just such a project, the Trex decking should be where you begin.
Now, if you have never heard of Trex decking, let us take a moment to explain what it is. In short, it’s a material that looks like wood, but which is much stronger and a good deal more durable. Trex decking is made from a composite material, which is wood fiber, plastic, and an agent used to bind it all together. The end result is a material that is incredibly dense and strong, and which will last a good deal longer than a wood deck. This is especially true if you live in a region where a lot of rain and snow are a regular part of your climate.
Once you decide on Trex decking, the next step is to think about what you would like to have out there to take you new deck to the next level. For many people, a backyard deck is an area for entertaining and dining, so it makes sense to go with a Trex decking design that allows plenty of space for those things to happen. Let’s explore that a little further by looking at what additions you can make to your Trex deck to make it a place where friends and family would want to gather and have some fun.
Cool Outdoor Dining Space Additions
- A dining set that matches your sense of style – As we have already stated, your outdoor area should be considered an extension of the interior of your home. With that in mind, it might be a good idea to carry your interior style to the outdoors. The good news here is that Trex decking comes in a wide variety of different colors, which is often used as a bit of a starting point. If you like the country look, then a wooden dining set might be the way to go. Lovers of modern décor may go with something that contains a lot of metal and glass.
- Create a cooking area – While you could certainly make dinner in the kitchen and bring it outside, isn’t the whole point of entertaining about getting to spend time with your guests? Given that Trex decking is so sturdy, you can really get creative with your cooking options. A big barbecue that does it all is always a good idea, but how about a wood stove made from brick? Imagine being able to create your own pizza from scratch.
- Offer some shade with a view – We all love to sit in the sun and soak up the rays, but when it comes time to enjoy a bite to eat, things are a little different. Creating a cozy atmosphere indoors is easy to do by adding some form of mood lighting and shade. It can be just as easy to replicate that outdoors by putting your Trex decking dining area in a part of the deck where shade and privacy exist. That said, you don’t want to create a space that is cut off entirely from the rest of the outdoor area. After all, you will have put a lot of time and effort into creating an outdoor area that is both functional and beautiful to look at. Create that separate dining area but put it in a spot where your guests can see all that your Trex deck has to offer.
- Consider daytime and evening use – Trex decking looks great in any type of lighting, be it in broad daylight or under the glow of some cool deck lighting. If you plan on entertaining regularly on your deck, you will probably have a mixture of daytime and evening events. This is something that you should keep in mind when setting up your dining and entertaining area. It is absolutely possible to have some lighting put in place when you are getting your Trex decking installed, but you should also consider hanging some lights, too, as this can really set up a very cool atmosphere.
Trex decking looks great on its own, but given that it is so strong, it was designed to be used. Rather than simply having a deck that looks great, go out of your way to create a functional space that is an extension of your interior style. By doing so, you will instantly feel as though you have added a whole bunch of living space to your existing square footage.
If you are ready to make the switch from wood decking to Trex Decking (or if you are in the planning phase for building a new Trex Deck), don’t hesitate to reach out! Here at Rocky Mountain Forest Products, we are confident that we can provide the information, help, and product that you are looking for.