WPC Decking for outdoor space
Homes are our havens in this hectic world, and there’s no better place to relax and enjoy family and friends than out on the deck. Adding a WPC deck not only extends your living space, it gives your house a vital outdoor connection, one that’s low maintenance and worry-free. With its unique composition of wood and plastic, WPC decking withstands both sun and water in style. It’s ideal for all the varied activities you’ll want to pursue outside—entertaining, casual dining, swimming, sunbathing, lounging and more.
As you visualize your dream deck, the possibilities are limitless. Early in your planning, you should think about the activities you’ll want to pursue on your deck. Then picture the way you’ll arrange your deck to meet those needs. Just as your home is divided into rooms, your outdoor space should be divided into distinct areas too. Indoors, for example, you have separate rooms for cooking and relaxing. Your outdoor rooms can be set up much the same. Good planning will help you make the most of your outdoor space.
Your activities and the particulars of your property’s layout are key components of your deck design. Let a Qizhen help you maximize both for your entry into the fabulous world of outdoor living.
When you invite friends over to spend time on the deck, the fresh air and setting will make the gathering all the more relaxing. The part of your deck devoted to entertaining should have room for an arrangement of comfortable chairs and side tables, plus space nearby for a table that seats at least four to six people.
For a deck that James McDowell of Accent Deck Design in Austin built on a Texas property, a bumpout alongside the pool created an ideal spot for alfresco entertaining (opposite). A rectangular table is surrounded by armchairs, side chairs and a loveseat, a stylish combination that offers both comfort and flexibility because you can move pieces around to suit different gatherings.
Make sure you allow space for easy traffic flow around the table. If you have the room, consider adding an outdoor fireplace. It will extend the time you can use your deck, both in terms of hours in the day and months of the year. With a loveseat and chairs clustered near the fireplace, you can continue the conversation under the stars.
Casual and Carefree Dining
Whether it’s an invigorating breakfast with your spouse, a relaxing lunch on your own or a lively dinner with the whole family, meals are much more enjoyable on the deck. The key to an area for casual dining is to make it close to the kitchen so you’re not shuttling back and forth more than necessary. Choose a table in a size and shape that most efficiently seats your family and place it on the deck with room all around for easy maneuvering. A spot under a canopy of oak and cedar trees (opposite) makes a compelling area for casual dining on this attractive deck, where the trees can give a welcome bit of shade. Other ways to give your casual dining area a little shade or protection include placing it under an awning or pergola (lattice-like timber roof).
One of the most savory ways to prepare food is by grilling. A grilling station can be as simple as a rolling grill that you move into position as needed, or as elaborate as a professional-caliber gas grill built right into a brick or stucco counter. When choosing an area of the deck for your grill, pick a spot that is sheltered from the wind so smoke doesn’t blow in the cook’s or guests’ eyes. And make sure you have a surface near the grill for placing food and utensils.