Many of us don’t realize that the space below a deck can offer tremendous potential. With a little creativity and the simple addition of an under-deck drainage system, the area can be used for any number of purposes, from storage to additional living space.
Using a network of troughs and downspouts, deck drainage systems divert water away from a deck, protecting the area underneath and allowing it to be outfitted with everything from furnishings to ceiling fans, lighting and entertainment components.
Here are four ways to embrace the space beneath a deck.
1. Dine al fresco.
An open-air dining area takes any meal from ordinary to extraordinary. Think beyond the traditional grill and patio furnishings to create an elegant gathering spot below the deck complete with a large dining table and cozy area for post-meal stargazing. Incorporate soffit lights into the ceiling to enhance ambiance and extend the usability of the space.
2. Grill in the great outdoors.
From birthday parties to barbecues, there’s no need to miss a moment of fun with a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. With the Trex RainEscape system, which installs above the joists of the deck, gas lines and electrical wiring can be run safely and discreetly between the deck surface and a soffit ceiling to accommodate whatever may be on the menu.
3. Watch TV whatever the weather.
Outdoor fun is no longer at the mercy of the weather. Whether you’re looking to catch a big game or indulge in the latest must-watch binge, nothing beats an open-air entertainment area outfitted with all the comforts of home and situated just steps away from refreshment refills and a restroom.
4. Store with style.
When properly shielded from the elements, the space beneath a deck is ideal for storage. Seasonal items such as pool equipment, patio furniture and yard games can be safely tucked away — impervious to animals, insects and moisture. Depending on size, this space can even be used to house lawnmowers, bicycles and recreational vehicles.
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