Did you know one of the most searched-for subjects in backyard remodeling is under deck storage ideas? It’s no wonder! When you can create a functional dry storage ‘room’ from what was once an unused space that your family can enjoy — it’s a win-win! It can even add value to your home down the road when it’s time to sell.
Let’s explore some of the latest popular examples to consider for your empty outdoor space under your deck or back porch.
Outdoor Living Room
This under-deck storage area makes a perfect outdoor storage space, doubling the amount of usable space. The top of the deck is an ideal spot to host dinners and parties on sunny days with weather-treated outdoor furniture. Then, the under-deck patio is perfect to keep the fun going even if it is raining. There are many lighting choices such as recessed or LED options to complete your backyard oasis. An outdoor living room also offers wonderful protection from the sun during Atlanta’s hot summer. Install a ceiling fan to keep things cool. Add a deck drainage system above to keep things dry and you have a “room” you can use year-round.
Store Items or ‘Workshop It’
Is your garage or shed bursting at the seams? Why not create a storage shed for lawn equipment, garden tools, and other items under your deck? An extra benefit is the tools are steps away from your garden or backyard. Talk about convenience! Just be sure the area is waterproofed to keep your tools safe from moisture and other water damage. Have carpentry skills? Store tools and workbenches out of sight and protected.
Install Screens or Windows
One of the most popular ways to add usable space is to build a screened porch. It provides shade outdoors and adds considerable value to your home when it is time to sell. Screened or Eze-Breeze windowed porches also protect you from insects that ruin a beautiful day. Check out our porch gallery for more inspiration and under deck storage ideas to enclose your porch and entertain guests.
Add an Outdoor Kitchen or Art Studio
A barbeque on top of a deck is standard fare, but how about adding more cooking options with an outdoor kitchen? Imagine cabinets, a fridge, a sink, and a seating area for a perfect place to prepare food and dine al fresco. Do you have a crafter or artist in the family? This is a great area for those who want to focus on creativity, have a place for equipment/supplies, and maybe even prepare for future art shows.
Create a Play Area for Kids or an Adult Relaxation Station
Keep your children close and safe by creating the perfect environment for them to enjoy secret hideouts or play in a covered area. Depending on the height of your space, you can build a slide, tunnel, sandbox, etc. Or, want a nice, grownup space? For the exercise enthusiast, why not hang a punching bag, weights, and speed bag for a convenient place to work out? Conversely, if you’re ready to relax, simply attach a hammock to catch some winks or place outdoor bean bag chairs for some relaxing Zen moments.
Plant a Shady Garden
Take advantage of the space under your house to grow all sorts of flowers, vegetables, and herbs. It’s super easy for shade-loving vegetables to thrive including arugula, endive, spinach, beets, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Plus, herbs such as chervil, chimes, oregano, mint, and parsley can enjoy the space!
Keep Away Critters
If the area beneath your deck isn’t large enough to be considered functional, we have other under deck storage ideas in mind. Consider making it critter-proof. Close off the area to prevent unwanted rodents from causing damage to your deck boards and other areas over time.
Need more under deck storage ideas for your outdoor living space? Check out this short video or see our gallery page. Are you intrigued by available options, but don’t have a back deck or porch? We can help design and build an outstanding extension to your home that could also include functional space under your new structure!
Give the outdoor living team at Atlanta Decking & Fence a call at 770-781-4641, or visit our website.