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Design & Planning

Have a Small Outdoor Space? Here Are 5 Ways to Create Big Impact

August 15 2018
Decking Railing Lighting Design & Planning

Who says you need a lot of space to create an outdoor oasis? With quality decking materials and the right furnishings, you can turn less into more. Here are five space-saving decking tips to build your very own compact paradise.

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1. Use the right materials.

Start with engineered woods. They have the beauty of natural woods, but last for decades and won’t require routine maintenance. They also provide more design flexibility, as this outdoor space made with TimberTech capped polymers shows. Smooth, graceful curves make better use of limited space, while the wood-inspired colors work together to create a harmonious retreat. 


2. Reimagine railings.

The wrong choice of railing can make a deck feel closed off, especially in a small space. To keep yours feeling open and inviting, choose a design and color that won't overpower the deck, such as black glass or cable-style railings. For decks lower to the ground, consider built-in planters or benches instead of railing.   


3. Go vertical.

Tall furnishings can draw the eye upward and make a deck look and feel more spacious. Try outfitting your deck with a wall garden, screen, or pergola
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4. Illuminate!

Lighting can create a unique, warm ambiance in a smaller deck. To make better use of limited space, hang bistro lights or opt for lighting solutions that are integrated into the railings and stair risers. 


5. Don’t over-furnish.

The right mix of furniture can keep your space clutter-free. Here, for example, multifunctional chairs double as tables, and benches double as storage. If company's coming, bring out folding chairs as needed. A small outdoor rug can add color without cramping your style.  

No space is too small!

TimberTech can reinvent any outdoor space, big or small, while extending your usable living space. In fact, our decking was used on a tiny home that was named #1 in Dwell Magazine and featured in an episode of "Tiny House Nation.”

Learn more about TimberTech’s premium building materials and how we can help create an outdoor getaway for you!