Preparing for Your First Design Consultation 

At Deck Creations, our goal is to Bring the Outdoors Home to you! We want you to have everything you need so that you can enjoy your backyard space to the fullest. Our design consultants are experts in creating smart spaces that are as beautiful as they are functional. 

Whether you have a fully developed vision in mind, or whether you aren’t quite sure what you want, we are here with some tips to help you make the most of your initial design consultation.

Dream.  What are your best ideas for using your outdoor space? Do you love to host parties with lots of space for mingling? Do you envision intimate gatherings with close seating arrangements and fire or water features? Do you want to be able to enjoy food prepared in your outdoor kitchen while watching the big game with friends? Or perhaps you want a quiet, secluded spot to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee. Creating an outdoor space is a long-term investment, so think through how you will use your new space today, and how you will want to use it in 10 years. Your Design Consultant will work with the grain of your dreams to design an outdoor space you will love for years to come. 

Design. What are the elements you love in outdoor design? It’s time to gather inspiration! Head on over to Pinterest, Instagram, Houzz, or your favorite catalogs or books and pay attention to the details that are consistent across the pictures you love. Do you love the look of real wood or the color options of composite?  Do you prefer cool gray or warm brown tones? What railings do you like (black, white, bronze, or wood)? Do you prefer a more modern or traditional look? Collect pictures, articles, and ideas that inspire you and wil help equip you to best communicate your design dream. Our Design Consultants will look and listen and then make recommendations based on your ideas and their extensive experience with real-world construction.

Define. How much of your backyard do you want to be dedicated to your dream design? Do you know what materials you would like to use (e.g., do you prefer lower-cost wood or lower-maintenance composite)? Do you want a breezy deck or a shaded screen porch? Are there features, like an outdoor kitchen or pergola, that are must-haves? If you have a design dream that is multi-layered, what aspects would you prioritize? What do you value most overall: cost, ease of maintenance, or beauty?

If you are still not sure of what you want, not to worry! You can visit a design site, like Hummingbird Design, and ask them to create a specialized architectural design – complete with a beautiful rendering. The high-end designers at Hummingbird Design will use their expertise to create an amazing rendering to show you the best use of your backyard space. Or here at Deck Creations, we can schedule a design consultation for you with our dedicated architect who has never failed to design an outdoor space that impresses!

Whatever your dreams for your backyard oasis, Deck Creations is here for you. Please contact us and we will send out one of our Design Consultants to see you through the entire process of designing an outdoor space you love for many years to come. 

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