Hanging out with your family or hosting friends on your old, dingy deck is not very appealing.
Lucky for you, refreshing it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Try your hand at the make-
over ideas below!
Restore your decking. Depending on the shape it’s in, sometimes all your deck needs is a little
love. If it’s still fairly new, your deck might just need a deep cleaning and a new coat of sealant.
There is a multitude of deck finishing and cleaning solutions on the market to choose from to
achieve this. However, if it's more worn down, the rejuvenation process may be a bit longer,
including searching for larger repairs, tightening any hardware, giving it a good cleaning, applying
a stain, sealant, and paint, and more.
Add lighting. Ambient lighting can completely transform your outside space into a relaxing, cozy
oasis. Consider adding solar lights that don’t require a plugin or battery replacement. The lights
turn on automatically when the sun sets, making your deck come alive. You can also consider
paper lanterns, rope lights, mason jar lamps, or small twinkle lights, depending on the style and
mood you’d like to set.
Build a privacy screen. Privacy screens come in all styles, shapes, and sizes. Consider purchasing
and installing bamboo fencing or lattice panels for a quick and easy solution. Or, if you are feeling
a little more adventurous, you can build a wooden frame and grow climbing plants or vines or
stretch outdoor fabric in between. Whichever route you end up choosing, make sure you get the
most out of your efforts by evaluating all lines sight before building.
Home Equity. Getting a home equity line of credit allows you to borrow money against the value
of your home. You receive usually up to 80 percent of your home’s value, minus the amount of
Retirement Funds. Homeowners can consider pulling money from a 401K or IRA account, even
though they aren’t specifically meant to cover a home renovation. This option might incur
additional penalties or tax payments, but maybe worth it when making improvements that will
benefit them financially in the long run.