Most decks are not built directly over the soil or a concrete floor. Most are constructed slightly off the ground or even on the second floor of the home. This gives you a distinct space beneath. What should you do with the space under the deck?
High Deck Use
If your deck is located on the second floor, then you have a tremendous space that should not go to waste. The most logical use is a patio. You can accommodate an entire patio furniture set, and the deck acts as a makeshift awning. Other additions might include lighting, a swinging bench, and wicker furniture. Some owners even install a small playground set or home gym.
Low Deck Use
In most cases, the deck is on the ground floor and no more than one-foot off the ground. Options in this instance are limited, though the space can still be put to good use. Many homeowners use a low deck as storage for items that don’t require climate control. The benefit here is twofold. First, it frees up space in the garage or basement. Second, the presence of the items filling up the space dissuades the growth of weeds. You can create a more solid base below the deck by covering the soil with gravel. Continue Reading →