Are you ready to head outdoors and enjoy this early summer? What better place to spend your summer months then enjoying a drink or good company on your deck? If your deck is in need of a makeover or, if you are lacking an outdoor oasis altogether, consider one of these popular trends for your next home improvement project. Outdoor Lighting: Install outdoor lighting into your deck design to ensure that your space will be available well into the wee hours. Options for outdoor lighting include solar powered deck lights, garden lights or torches, or low voltage landscape lights. Placement can include lights mounted on posts, installed in the deck railing or built into deck stairs. Composite Decking: When installing or replacing your deck, consider utilizing composite lumber. More closely mimicking the look of natural wood, today’s composite lumber is well known for its low maintenance and durability. Popular, high quality brands are also typically backed by a twenty-five year stain and fade warranty, ensuring your deck will look great for years to come. Incorporate The Elements: Consider building a water feature or installing a built-in fire pit into your deck. Both can serve to provide a sense of stylish ambiance. A fire pit is perfect for changing seasons and when fall eventually brings with it lower temperatures, you can still enjoy the beautiful outdoor space you’ve created, crowded around a cozy fire! Just remember, if you live in a house without a fence or with children present, look for an option with a removable screen to keep the fire safely contained. On the other hand, water can create a serene outdoor amenity. Incorporate a pond, fountain, or waterfall for a relaxing deck environment. Stylish Statements: Decks are quickly moving from functional to fashionable. Add elements that increase your exterior’s visual appeal. For example, post caps – toppers mounted at the highest point on your deck railing – can provide a polished and upscale outdoor look. Available in a variety of colors and styles, post caps are a perfect way to personalize your deck! Likewise fascia corners – or corner covers – can add another personalized component.