Decks are just a flat wooden platforms to put lawn chairs, right? Not so. With new trends in Geauga County landscaping design, there are many ways to add structural interest to your new patio or deck. Here are just a few to consider:


  • Upgrade your decking surface. Instead of using traditional pressure-treated lumber for your decking; consider using Ipea, Cedar, or Composite decking to enhance the look of your deck while lowering the long-term maintenance costs.  Without proper ongoing maintenance, pressure-treated wood deteriorates very rapidly leaving you an unsightly deck full of splinters.  Ipea, Cedar, and all the various Composite decking options provide a great appearance for many years with a minimum of care.


  • Replace your entire deck. With the rising cost of wood products, consider completely removing your deck and replace it with a brick or stone patio.  Depending on the elevations or grades of your landscape; a patio built from brick or stone won’t cost much more than a properly installed wood structure with premium decking.


  • Add a cabana. A cabana, or a three-season room, can offer your family a new retreat right in your yard. Whether you convert an unused shed or a pool storage area or build an entirely new structure, a cabana can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like. Landscapers in Chardon can build a simple shelter that can be covered with vines, or you can build an actual structure complete with heat, air conditioning, and a kitchen. The sky is the limit with a cabana!


  • Have gourmet dinners with a pizza oven. Adding an outdoor pizza oven can do much more than give you a reason not to order carry out. Backyard landscape designers say that pizza ovens can roast meats and vegetables as well, making outdoor cooking a fun, family affair. Built as part of your outdoor kitchen or just adjacent to your stone patio, many Moreland Hills families are adding pizza ovens to their yard.


  • Add a buffet serving area outdoors. If you love to entertain, then Cleveland landscapers suggest adding a buffet serving area outdoors. Constructed from wood, stone, granite, or brick, having a place to serve friends and family can make outdoor entertaining easy. While your buffet is being designed, landscape designers suggest having electricity, gas, and water lines added in case you’d like to convert it to an outdoor kitchen in the future.


As you can see, there are so many new ways to think of your deck. Instead of a wood platform, your deck can become a full-service entertaining area. Have questions? Talk to one of our professional designers today about the options for your yard! Call today!

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