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Need More Storage? 5 Tips for Maximizing the Space Underneath Your Deck
Under the Deck Ideas for Your Home
The space underneath decks is frequently underappreciated. Put that space to good use. From an under the deck summer toy box to gardening storage, your deck is a great place to maximize space.
Tips for Maximizing the Space Under Your Deck
Here are some exciting things you can try:
- Create a Storage Space. There are many methods to seal the space under your deck against water and wind, from waterproof decking flanges to installing ceilings. The underside of decks is great for storing garden tools and lawn mowers as well as kids’ toys, like pool noodles and sports equipment. Rows of wooden lattice seal off the underside of a deck against critters but still allow homeowners access for storage of tools and waterproof containers.
- Convert to a Screened Porch. A covered deck or patio enables a homeowner to keep furniture, containers, and more safe from inclement weather in this space. This pseudo-outdoor area is perfect for storage, since the area under the deck is as protected as the room above.
- Install Drains. You can install waterproof roofing and corrugated deck membranes under the planks to help pull excess water away from the house and protect your foundation. The wavy aluminum or plastic sheets channel rainwater away from the house and into rain barrels or ditches. Or you can redirect the water toward the house and into a gutter, and let it drain to a corner downspout.
- Build a Party Cove. Decks raised way off the ground present ample opportunity to make a groovy hangout spot. Many homeowners pour concrete and hook up outdoor Jacuzzis, complete with a nearby mini fridge. If the planks above you do not leak, you might get away with installing surround sound speakers during the summer months.
- Create a Play Area. If you have a high deck and have kids, a way to create a neat getaway for the kids is turning it into a recreational area. You can hang swings from the rafters, install shelving and storage into the side of the house for outdoor toys, or build a fort.
Have you efficiently used the space under your deck? We’d love to hear about it. Contact us at HB Home Services and tell us about it!