Builders, Go for More: Your Customers will Love These Under-Deck UpgradesBy Dave Kile
Now more than ever, homebuyers have high expectations for outdoor living. According to Kiplinger, one of the top 5 amenities homebuyers are looking for is outdoor space, such as patios. Another hot seller is outdoor storage, like in a garage.
One way to make more of your build is to turn these expectations into realities through the use of the under-deck space beneath a two-story deck. Below are three great options for using this space:
- More Entertaining Space
Homeowners love entertaining, but there’s often no way everyone can fit in the living room. If the weather cooperates, guests could spill out onto the deck. However, if it’s raining or too hot or cold, everyone will be stuck inside.
Sell your homeowner on expansive entertainment space by creating an oasis under the deck.
With an under-deck drainage system such as Trex RainEscape, you can make sure water drains away from the second-story deck. Once installed, a homeowner can add a ceiling and all the amenities afforded by a dry, usable space. You could keep the area open or enclose it. Add in an outdoor kitchen or entertainment system. For colder days, install an outdoor fireplace. The possibilities are limitless — get inspired. Your customer will love the flexibility and thoughtful additions.
- More Comfortable Space
Homeowners want to enjoy afternoons in the backyard reading a good book, but a treeless backyard doesn’t lend itself to a shady stay in a hammock. They might like to lounge in their new hot tub, but not if bugs inundate them. The solution: Create a room under the two-story deck to make the wild outdoors feel more like the comfortable indoors.
Create a screened-in porch to keep out unwanted insects and creatures. With Trex RainEscape installed, you can add electricity, ceiling fans and lights to keep the space cool and bright year-round.
- More Storage
For those who like to garden, or swim in the backyard pool or do almost anything outdoors, one of the biggest challenges is where to store all of the equipment. Homeowners need space for the garden tiller, pool cleaning supplies, bikes and canoes. But where?
With an under-deck drainage system, you can create storage beneath the elevated deck. Enclose it entirely or partially, build in shelving or not.
With more entertainment space, more comfortable space and more storage, you will get make more profit from your hard work without adding more labor. Plus, your happy customers will be glad to tell their neighbors about the builder who made their outdoor dreams a reality!