A deck can change the entire look and feel as well as the function of the space in your yard. Modern decking materials allow for creative design option as well as durability. Here are six innovative deck ideas that are game changers:
When most people think of decks, they think of a square wooden platform attached to your backyard. However, decks have come a long way in the past several years. They are now being designed in fun ways with great new shapes and designs. Round decks are a hit for a fun look around a pond or a pool. A rectangular deck can pop by adding zing with angles, and alternating patterns. Go for a larger deck that offers several connected shapes, starting with a rectangular space then adding a circled pergola with bench seating. The shapes are limitless.
Built-ins are the little extra fun spaces that are now being built into modern decks. Sick of hauling out a cooler every time you want to have refreshments on the deck? Have one built-in. Are you an avid reader and enjoy sitting on your deck reading? Consider a small built-in library space with a door that closes to keep the elements off of your books. Nowadays you can build in just about anything into your deck, including fireplaces, firepits, outdoor kitchens, seating, storage and more.
Railings that Roar-
Don’t think that a deck railing has to be boring to work. Today’s decks have some pretty impressive railing ideas such as wrought iron, wood, composite, steel, and carved wood posts. Depending on your budget you can go as simple or as elaborate as you would like with the deck railings. Stairs also can have a great flare with products out by companies like SalterSpiralStair. We can install some very creative ideas- galvanized steel, sunburst style, cable, and even wrought iron designs.
Dependable Easy Care Materials-
Materials have changed in the last several years to become stronger, more dependable and easier to maintain. These scientific changes can make owning a deck a lot easier to keep up. No constant staining and repairs. Stylish composite decking products resist fading, staining, scratching and mold, and won’t rot, crack or warp. Wood decks are now pressure treated with special chemicals to help prevent decay and termite damage. Stains last longer and clean up easier than ever before.
Overheads and Planters-
Don’t forget to look up when you are building a new deck for your home. Overheads and custom planters are a great way to add texture and style to any yard experience. Retractable roofing, awnings, overhead lighting systems and more can be added to your deck to create a multifunctional space for both rain or shine.
Decks do not need to be boring and are limited only by the creativity of the designers creating them. High Quality Contracting Inc has been building decks for decades and can help make your backyard oasis.
The sun is out. The grass is green, and your outdoor space needs a lift. There is no better way to enjoy your summer yard than with a new custom deck. These deck-building tips will provide you with information that assists you in making critical decisions on your project.
We got together with the President of High Quality Contracting, Inc., Nick Wegner, for some great design and upgrading ideas, as well as tips on what to look for in products and deck building contractors.
“When considering a new custom deck, choosing a dependable deck building company is key. They will bring fresh ideas, as well as, they will know their products. “, says Nick. He goes on to say,” The choices with today’s builders and products within the market have become more advanced than years past. “
So, what are some vital deck-building tips?
#1) The Deck Builder Matters-
Choosing the right contractor is the single most crucial aspect of any home deck building project. You need a company you can trust, with years of experience under their belt. They should be licensed and insured in your state, as well as the references to back up any claims of quality work. You should always check your local Better Business Bureau to find out the contractor’s reputation. Ask them for their licensing information and make sure they can pull permits. Whatever you do, do not hire a fly-by-night friend to do the job. Those projects usually end up costing more in the long run to repair or replace.
#2) Choose Decking Building Material For Your Needs-
Think about how you plan to use your deck? Will you often entertain? Is there a pool involved? What needs will a deck require in your climate? With the vast array of materials available, we have broken down a few of the best products available.
Wood- Decking is one of the most popular choices. Natural timbers such as Cedar, Douglas Fir, Hemlock, and teak look fantastic and stand up to Wisconsin elements. When choosing a wood deck, consider staining the underdeck as well. This will boost the life span of your deck by protecting it from the weather and bugs. It also upgrades the look of the deck.
Composite decking is a material that is a mixture of wood fiber, plastic, and a binding agent. This combination creates a very long-lasting, durable deck.
Stone is a natural, sturdy, and attractive option for deck building. It does not splinter or burn and does not need any special maintenance as a natural wood deck would require. Also, when it fades, the stone naturally looks more aesthetic.
Concrete, known for its durability and long life, is returning as a homeowner favorite due to new modern methods. New concrete decking products allow for many eye-pleasing options, such as stamped concrete, which can mimic stone, brick, wood, and other materials.
#3) Deck Building On A Solid Base-
The base of your deck is what the entire structure stands on. A safe, long-lasting deck needs solid framing, proper footings, or concrete piers. Furthermore, the design for your deck should consider the earth’s surface, any slops, and the typical weather changes for your area. Incorporate these items into the design process to ensure the best possible base for your new deck.
#4) Built-In Options-
Depending on how you intend to use your new deck, it helps decide which built-in options you want to include in your design. If you enjoy entertaining, you may want to consider such items as an outdoor kitchen or an outdoor fireplace.
Will you have furniture that has cushions and pillows? You may want to consider a built-in storage area. High Quality Contracting, Inc has installed built-in seating with storage spaces, sheds, or storage boxes.
Accessories can be as straightforward or as elaborate as your tastes. Here are more accessory ideas: built-in coolers, built-in garden planters, a brick pizza oven, firepits, sunken seating, curved seating nooks, a mini library nook with built-in bookshelves that have glass doors on them, architectural shade structures, and built-in pet enclosures.
#5) Deck Building Lighting Options-
Make your deck shine in the night, and provide a warm, inviting place for yourself and guests to enjoy an evening. By adding lighting to your deck, you’re extending the functionality of your investment. When considering what type of lighting to put on your deck, there are a few things to consider:
Choose lighting that enhances the style of the deck. Don’t mix styles such as a modern light fixture style with a traditional deck style.
Light vital areas such as steps, handrails, and doorways.
Light pathways to guide users.
Space out the lighting sources so that all the light is not focused in one place but creates an inviting atmosphere.
Don’t try to light everything. You don’t want to take away from the experience of the night, making it as if you were indoors.
Don’t skip on the outlets in case you want to add festive lighting or other plugins.
Remember, a custom deck designed with your lifestyle and needs in mind will give you a space that you can enjoy for many years.
If you would like to speak to our custom deck experts, please call (414) 405- 7542 or use the form on our Contact Us page. A deck builder will contact you back as soon as possible.
On Tuesday, October the 29th, Wisconsinites received a taste of what is inevitably around the corner- Winter and the Holidays.
As you are starting to unpack that winter gear consisting of boots, hats, and coats, take a step back to look at the entry space around your front door.
Does it still scream summer with wilted flowers, cracked flower pots, and old forgotten newspapers? Or are you ready for the holidays with a welcoming that makes even the Grinch smile?
We put together some fun and inviting entry plans for the holidays to help spark your ideas for the season.
Freshly Painted Entrance
Brighten up your entry with a fresh coat of paint before the weather gets too cold, and the snow is a permanent fixture. Consider an eye-popping new color for the season? Go bold with red, gold, blue, or even an evergreen color. It is amazing what a gallon of paint can do for an entrance. If your door is shabby and dated, consider updating it to a new energy-efficient door professionally installed by a High Quality Contracting, Inc. expert.
Elegant Clean Lines – A Timeless Entrance
Clean and fresh lines add a bright and elegant feel to any front entry. It is never dated and always an elegant touch to a home.
Consider simple pieces of decor with a neutral palette and chic minimalist style. The decor in this photo is very stylish and yet so simple. What is more elegant than a clean white lantern with a mock candle in it? The lights are a simple, clear color that highlights the evergreen trees lining the entryway. This remarkable entryway can easily be maintained in the coldest of weather and still look remarkably fashionable throughout the winter months.
Traditional Holiday Decor
Timeless Traditional Entrance
I cringe when I drive past the houses that are full of overkill of blow-up Santas, random cartoon characters, and dated old trendy decorations. Some pieces are timeless and traditional that reflect a sense of class and elegance, and others not so much. This beautiful home features the eternal evergreen wreaths and traditional light colors. The holly and bright red bows make the whole scene pop with a bit of color standing out against the brick. This type of entrance decor can make any home inviting and give that ” Old Holiday” feel to the neighborhood. A true classic entrance.
Decorate your entry for the holidays, no matter what your choice of an entrance, the most crucial aspect is that it is representative of who you and your family are. Even the busiest of homes deserve to give their best foot forward with an entrance that stands out. It is the first reflection of your home that people will see, and just like with any appearance, the first impression counts.
It is hard to think about spring construction and landscaping projects when you are knee deep in Wisconsin’s winter snow and ice, but believe it or not; winter is the perfect time to start these projects. Experts in the construction industry have started planning spring projects in the winter for centuries. We have compiled a list of the top reasons why you should start your project planning now:
1) Contractor Availability-
Contractors in construction and landscaping tend to book rather quickly for the year. High Quality Contracting Inc is no exception. Once spring hits everyone decides they want their project done and each week only has so many hours. So, why wait? Before your contractor books for the spring and you end up with a subprime guy doing a lousy job, schedule an appointment for a consultation. In the winter, contractors with excellent ratings like High Quality Contracting, have the time to meet with you and help develop some great new ideas for your project.
2) Pulling Permits-
Permits are required to begin most construction and landscaping processes. It can take on average 4-6 weeks to have a township issue a permit to begin a construction project, but they imperative and we can not start without them! Applying for licenses during winter months, or nearing spring will most likely expedite the process because the township is not as busy with applications. The slower months also allow time to be sure that all appropriate paperwork has been approved and helps avoid last minute problems.
3) Scheduling Your Project –
The average contractor is already scheduled out eight weeks ahead when most people start deciding in the spring to get their home or office projects done. You can avoid weeks, if not months, of time by scheduling your project in the cold of winter rather than waiting for the spring bug to bite. With a completed home remodeling or landscaping project finished early in the season, you get to enjoy the fruits of our labor throughout the year. As the old saying goes, ” The early bird gets the worm.”
4) Availability of the Top Products-
Just like anything else, construction and landscaping products can also be in demand. Starting your spring home project in the winter will help you get the best prices. You will also find that the best products for your project are easily available. If a particular set of tiles in favorite that year, or a specific design of countertop, reserving your products weeks ahead can help you to avoid the possibility of using your second or third choice styles instead.
5) No Last Minute Rushing-
Rushing at the last minute can cause mistakes. You can forget to tell your contractor something, your project is pressed for time, and rain or other weather delays can really make life difficult. Increasing the stress that you already feel to get the project done. Well, don’t feel that rush, the pulsing through your veins as grandma is coming in two weeks and the bathroom is not done yet. Take your time, schedule ahead, and ease into your holiday or visit without stress.
Planning spring construction projects can benefit you both financially and with time restraints.
Your home is one of the biggest expressions of who you are. It shows your character and your style. Each corner, each curtain is part of a bigger picture of you. So why is it then that people tend to take so little time to think about the exterior siding of their home? We look at our houses and think, “Well, it’s a grey house, so, it must stay that way.” or “It’s too big of a project to change that.”
We can do better and as hard-working homeowners, we deserve better.
Changing the exterior of your home is easier than you would think with a trusted company like High Quality Contracting, Inc. We take the struggle out of the work and follow your ideas to a tee to create a statement as soon as you pull into the driveway.
So, now the hard part, deciding how to express yourself.
We can assist there as well. Here are some great siding ideas to help put your personal style on your home:
If you want to express a style of elegant simplicity consider siding flavored in timeless colors. Choose a palette of tones that reflect the ocean or emulate the earth. Water-inspired blues contrasted with earth tones of river rock and pearl can change the way your home looks creating a timeless look.
Do you venture toward the bold and fun? Creating an eclectic exterior of your home can feel difficult at best. However, we can make it easy on you. Build in different textures of shake and shingles as well as colors to mix and match your look. Siding can be fun, so mix it up a bit.
If observing more of a traditional look for your home, consider earth-toned hues or deeper colors such as “wrought iron” or “latte”. These colors work great on homes such as a cape-cods or colonials.
A modern home should have an eye-popping look by mixing deep trending colors with soothing neutral colors. Create a powerful effect with cool hues and bold bright colors offset with a warm neutral color palette.
There are many more ways to express your personal style in the exterior of your home besides siding. However, siding is a key factor in your look. It is an investment in your home that will benefit you for years to come.