What to Do With the Space Below Your Deck

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Shawn Kenyon

Shawn Kenyon is an innovative deck and patio designer and builder who seeks to enhance the outdoor living environments of his clients. Shawn practices what he preaches, as he builds exquisite decks and patios on his properties.

Elevating your deck means you can walk out of your house and have a great view of nature, without needing to take off your slippers. While many homeowners put a lot of focus on the deck space itself, they do not know what to do with under deck space. Fortunately, there are some options that will allow you to better utilize the space below your deck.

The deck above makes a great gathering place, so why not turn the space below into another great area? There is roughly an equal amount of space underneath, and you can make that investment into a new deck go even further by putting in a patio down below. 

Whereas the deck above is still open to the elements, you can provide a bit of a respite from the rain by adding an under deck ceiling. This ceiling doubles as a low-cost drainage system that catches any water that would drip through the boards and redirects it to the outer sides of the deck. 

After you have protected that space below your deck, you can make it available for many options. Perhaps you want to add some outdoor furniture down there, or even hang a patio swing. Do you have children? Convert that space into an extra play area. 

Perhaps that space below your deck isn’t all that suitable for relaxing. That’s OK because you can use it for storage instead. By turning that bonus space into a shed, you can store your tools and garden equipment in a convenient location. You will probably want to have concrete flooring down there, and with proper drainage you do not have to worry about water damage.

Last, there’s a chance that you don’t need to use that space at all. Nothing says that the space below your deck needs to be used for an extraordinary purpose. However, if you leave that area as is, put some effort into cleaning it up. Cover the ground with weed blocker fabric, and then spread a layer of stone or gravel on top.

You do not need to know what to do with the space below your deck immediately, but try to keep it in mind when you are planning on installing your new deck. The builders at Precision Decks and Sunrooms can help guide you through the process, and give you all the advice you need.

At Precision Decks, all of our projects bring the strength and durability that you would expect with a fresh addition. For more information on how you can turn your outdoor space into something unique with a custom deck design, call Precision Decks today at 616-874-2300. As a premier remodeling company, it is our duty to provide the customer with their dream construction.