9 Deck Upgrades And Expansions For Your Existing Deck

Backyard barbeques, sunbathing, and parties with friends are all better on a deck. If you want to expand your deck, add some practical elements, or make it more of an entertainment space, it’s the perfect time of year to do so.

Enhance your outdoor living space with these nine ideas for deck upgrades or expansions.

ADD LEVELS

Maximize your backyard’s potential by adding another level to your deck. With some decking materials and hard work, you can create more space for unforgettable memories to be made.

UPGRADE THE RAILING 

You could add post caps to the posts or swap wooden rails for aluminum railings and balusters, which are longer lasting and require less maintenance. Be sure to check out the local requirements for handrail height.

BUILD INTEGRATED STORAGE

Add benches to your deck that offer more seating and lift up to double as a storage area for your outdoor accessories. Adding storage underneath your deck is another option. If you have a pool deck, storage space is definitely a must-have for all of your pool accessories.

GET NEW FURNITURE

A nice new set of outdoor furniture will elevate your deck. Get a nice set of tables and chairs, an umbrella for the table and colorful outdoor pillows, and become the hostess of your dreams. You could even opt for something that’s just new to you — you can find some great items for low prices at thrift stores.

ADD A PERGOLA 

A pergola can add some nice shade to your deck, and pergolas are easy to build! Before you start building, check with your homeowner’s association to see if you have permission. A pergola is sure to be a timeless upgrade to your deck.

STAIN YOUR DECK 

Looking for a super simple upgrade? If you have a wood deck, stain it and it’ll feel brand new. Staining your deck can bring out the beauty of the wood and can even help protect your deck from the elements.

ADD OUTDOOR LIGHTING

Sitting on your deck in the evening with a drink in hand is one of the best ways to spend the summer. Why not add some outdoor lighting to enhance your experience? Whether it’s string lights, landscape lighting, or LED lights to attach to your stairs, lighting is a must-have if you plan to entertain family and friends at all hours of the day.

ADD OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT 

Make your deck the place to be by adding entertainment elements. Some common additions to a deck include a bar, a TV, and yard games like cornhole. If you don’t already have outdoor speakers, add those, too, to up the energy of your outdoor gatherings.

GET A FIREPLACE, FIREPIT, OR HEATER 

We know that Midwest weather can be brutal and change rapidly. That’s why we recommend adding heating elements to your deck, whether that be an outdoor fireplace, a firepit (hot dogs and s’mores, anyone?), or a heater. Now your deck is ready to be used all year round.

If you’re planning a deck upgrade or expansion this year, work with the experts at Big C Lumber. We’ll make sure you have what you need for every step of your project. Contact us today to get started on your decking project.