These days, thanks in part to flexible schedules and remote work, many of us are spending more time than ever at our cottages. So it’s only natural that some of us are looking to modernize and improve our properties—renovations and updates can make rooms and spaces significantly more comfortable and enjoyable, all while adding to a cottage’s value and potential rental rate.
One of the best ways to increase your cottage’s living space is to expand to the outdoors. Building a new deck or replacing an existing one with Voyage Composite high-performance decking by Deckorators, available at Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Building Centre stores, instantly upgrades your outdoor living space and allows you and your family to spend even more time together in nature.
Deckorators Voyage Composite mineral-based decking offers a comparable look and feel to wood, but requires almost no maintenance. Unlike with wood, you won’t have to worry about issues like splinters, cracks, or water absorption. Voyage also comes with a limited 50-year structural warranty and a 25-year warranty against stains and fading. Additionally, the embossed texture provides good traction and is easy to clean, and it’s available in a variety of colours and board widths. But it’s what you build with a material that really matters, so here are five must-have features to incorporate into your new dream deck.
Multi-tier designs can help you make the most of your outdoor space, and take your deck from standard to exceptional. A multi-level deck complements the topology of your property, enhances the exterior look of your cottage, and creates dedicated spaces for your favourite outdoor activities, whether they include outdoor yoga, sunbathing, or dining alfresco.
With Deckorators Voyage Composite Decking, you’ll have your choice of colours and board widths, so you can design a stylish, custom deck that truly fits your cottage. Then you can add details like picture-frame deck edging, contemporary railings, and decorative screen panels to complete the look.
You never know when your weekend guest list will overflow, but you can reduce the need for buying and storing extra patio furniture by adding some built-in seating that welcomes guests and encourages outdoor lounging. This could take the form of simple benches or more comprehensive built-in elements that offer natural conversation nooks—and could even include built-in storage for your outdoor seat cushions and pillows. Set in the right spot, the seating could become a cozy reading corner or your new favourite spot for watching the sunset.
A grilling and serving space
Serious about entertaining and outdoor dining at the cottage? Consider adding a dedicated grilling and serving space on your deck, complete with outdoor appliances, countertop space for food prep and presentation, and even some sun coverage for the grill master. To enhance the look of this dedicated space, you can use Voyage Composite Decking in a contrasting colour or pattern to highlight its boundaries and draw attention to the borders.
For spaces that get a lot of direct sun, adding an overhead structure or deck cover over one or more parts of the deck can significantly improve its general usability. The overhead cover, made with Voyage Composite Decking in a matching or complementary colour, should fit the overall look and proportions of your deck whether you go for a small, open arbour; a flat-roof pergola; or a full-coverage gazebo.
A screened-in dining area
From quiet breakfasts to big dinners that celebrate life’s milestones, eating outdoors is an important part of life at the lake. For your new dream deck, consider building a covered, screened-in dining area to fit groups big and small. You’ll be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the lake without having to worry about insects and other pests or exposure to sun or rain, and your dining furniture and tabletop accessories will also be better protected from the elements.
Ready to take the next step in building your dream deck? Learn more about the benefits of building with Voyage Composite Decking, available at Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Building Centre stores.