Outdoor Deck Upgrades Made Simple

Outdoor Deck

With the summer sun rising high above us, you can only hope that this year your family and friends will help build some memorable moments but you first want to create an ambience they can relax in. Whether you want to construct a new outdoor deck for your home or have an existing deck repaired, you need to count on experienced exterior remodeling contractors to carry out your project.

Identifying Improvements of Existing Decks

If you started doing some sprucing up around your deck you may notice there are a few areas that need a little more than sweeping or dusting. This is the time you want to identify the troublesome areas that need repairs. Pay attention to safety concerns such as loose foundation, uneven masonry, worn out wood panels, water damage and torn electrical wirings. These repairs should be made quickly to avoid any injuries that can occur during your summer gatherings.

Designer Deck Styles

There are a wide range of decks to add in any home. Finding the right style that matches your style should be a comfortable place for you to enjoy the summer air. Most homeowners today are turning to more eco-friendly building materials and we can help search for the best products to construct an environmentally friendly deck. First you have to settle on selecting a deck type that is friendly to your home. Here are the top five designer deck options:

Platform Decks

This style is one of the most traditional and most cherished additions for single-level homes. Railings are not necessary for decks that are low to the ground, but they are helpful to prevent young ones from small falls. Platform decks are low to the ground and should be protected from all elements, so before installation we can pressure treat wood materials with protective sealers, especially the undersides.

Raised Decks

Homeowners with above-grade first level floors may require a raised deck in order to access their backyards. Raised decks should include railings and stairs for easy access to the yard below. The end result may leave exposed foundation posts which can be concealed with foundation plantings or skirting.

Two-Story Decks

A two-story deck helps gain outdoor access to the upper levels of your home. While the extra access is great, but it does require railings, stairs and structural posts for bracing. It is also possible to camouflage exposed bracing posts with decorative lattice, skirting or rock-faced pillars to cover up the exposed posts.

Multilevel Decks

This style is very popular for outdoor lovers who welcome the idea of having connective stairways and walkways added to their home. This style is perfect for homes on sloped lots because the deck areas match the contours of the landscape. If you join each section with a short pattern of stairs it prevents the lowest deck from interfering with the view from the higher decks.

Freestanding Decks

A freestanding deck is not attached to the property.  Freestanding decks are perfect for highlighting the best areas in your backyard. The deck acts almost as a natural extension of the landscape when it is installed for shade or overlooking your garden.

Exterior Remodeling Boosts Resale

When you consider installing a deck to your yard you do not have to aim for the moon, simple is the best way to go. According to the 2014 cost versus value report published in the Remodeling Magazine, a wooden deck addition of 16 feet by 20 feet in the Pacific region can earn up to 109 percent in return from their initial investment. Even a composite deck holds promising resale value by achieving recovery costs of up to 92 percent. Whatever the plan is for your exterior remodeling project, expect great value for when it is time to move.

After you have made the decision to initiate exterior remodeling, count on the expert Los Angeles contractors from Sky Renovation to help achieve your outdoor dream. We can help construct or repair outdoor decks just in time for your summer pool party. Contact us and we will help you get started today.


Turn Your Backyard into a Summer Sanctuary

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Now that the short, yet unforgettable winter season is behind us, we can now turn our attention to the great outdoors. We have slimmed down and prepped our homes for some marvelous occasions, so now is time to open up your home to display its best features. Take some time over the last few weeks of spring to plan your backyard summer sanctuary. Whether it is building an outdoor patio, plotting an edible garden or creating an outdoor ambience, Los Angeles contractors from Sky Renovation are here to serve all of your exterior remodeling needs.

Outdoor Living Rooms

Take the time to think about how much space you have and break them up into different activity zones. Inside your home you have the bathroom, living room, kitchen, etc. and outside you can create your own dining patio, outdoor kitchen, a playhouse for your little ones and a peaceful seating area with a fire pit. Try and build a spot that is suitable for everyone in your household to get some use out of.

Water Features

In Los Angeles, we know that tightly crowded neighborhoods and traffic can be a bore, but unique water features can mask the distracting sounds of the city. A raised stepping stone path can act as a bridge over water to your outdoor patio or pool. A small fountain or waterfall is especially popular, even a small built-in Jacuzzi can bring peace of mind to all your troubles at the end of a busy summer day.

Light Up the Night

To make your summer nights complete, plan to leave space for outdoor lighting fixtures around your seating areas and patios. They can be hidden in your along pathways or overhead on your patio ceiling. According to a survey from the American Society of Landscape Architects, lighting up your outdoor terraces, patios and decks is among the most popular outdoor living features that homeowners are addressing this summer. Choosing a number of small lights works best, so plan ahead to fill in the spaces where you plan to entertain your guests well into the night.

Once you have an idea for your backyard summer sanctuary or if you need help planning your outdoor living area, then contact the contracting experts from Sky Renovation. We can help fulfill your ideas to make your backyard into an up-to-date and aesthetically pleasing space for you and the whole family to enjoy.


Sun Rooms and Patio Enclosures: Your Outdoor Living Solutions

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Spring is just around the corner. Have you started thinking about adding on a sun room or patio to your home? If you said yes then you have come to the right place. Plenty of clients do not know the difference between sun rooms and patio enclosures, so to help you we have listed a few differences and benefits of both.

Sun Rooms

Sun rooms are glass or screen outdoor living rooms installed on a wood or concrete foundation. The walls are designed to bring in sunlight and protect its homeowner from wind, rain, chill and bugs. These modified rooms are custom-fit to resemble the look and feel of your home, at an affordable cost. With floor-to-ceiling windows, not only are you adding a relaxing environment, but you are allowing sunlight to enter the room and heat it without the need for central heating expenses.

Sun rooms save a homeowner hundreds on their electric bill. Most modern sun rooms today are available with special insulation and ventilation systems to ensure that being energy efficient is the number one priority for year-round value.

Patio Enclosures

With near perfect weather all year-round in Southern California, your home can definitely use one of the comforts of a patio enclosure. Patio enclosures allow you to enjoy the sites and pleasant temperature of the outdoors while being inside. These additions can be added on to your home or convert an outdoor patio to expand your outdoor living.

Patio enclosures provide that outdoor environment that you were thrilled to have when you were a child. They increase the value of your home as well as keep all the bugs outside where they belong. Lastly, patio enclosures are maintenance free, meaning that you will only have to make sure you sweep up and dust after having one of your many social gatherings.

If you are still unsure about what design is best for your outdoor living space, call on one of our experts to help you map out and plan for a sun room or patio enclosure.