No matter the season, people in the Pacific Northwest love getting outside. Skiing in the winter, boating in the summer, or finding a new hiking trail, there’s a strong connection to the outdoors, even if it’s just hanging out in the backyard.
“People enjoy being outside,” Ty Overby, corporate sales manager at Rick’s Custom Fencing and Decking, said. “Using the barbecue, throwing the football around. Things like that are ways we like to spend our lives with our family. We get all four seasons, and we want to enjoy it.”
That’s why almost every new home built in the last decade has at least some kind of patio attached to the house. For the amount of time we spend outside, a small concrete pad is hardly enough room to sit, let alone entertain.
“That’s what we notice,” Overby said. “A builder will put in an 8×8 concrete pad one step down off of the back door, and then the yard slopes away from the house. It makes it difficult to put chairs and a table out there.”
Adding a deck to the backyard opens up the possibilities for outdoor living. Instead of a small bistro set, the right size deck can expand the homeowner’s living area.