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Transforming and Protecting Your Underdeck Space: A Guide to Enhancing Your Home

Homeowners can add value, functionality, and enjoyment to their homes by transforming and protecting the area under their decks. Often overlooked, the space under second-story decks can be transformed from a dark, unused area into a vibrant gathering spot for family and friends. Here’s how to create and protect your underdeck space effectively.

 

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Protect Your Underdeck

At Marshall Building and Remodeling, with over 40 years of experience and thousands of successful projects, we’ve seen it all when it comes to decking.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 Survey of Construction, the Northeast has more new home deck construction than any other region in the U.S. This popularity offers ample opportunities to optimize deck usage.

One critical aspect of deck safety is the point where the deck attaches to the home’s exterior wall. This connection is prone to water issues. Waterproof flashing or tape at this juncture can protect the deck’s structure. Additionally, installing a deck drainage system is vital. This system diverts rainwater and melting snow away from the deck, preventing it from seeping through to the area below. While DIY options exist, we recommend hiring a professional to ensure structural integrity and effective waterproofing.

Proper gutters, spouts, and a drainage system will further protect your underdeck from the elements, creating a safe, dry environment perfect for an outdoor living space.

Create Underdeck Features

Once your underdeck is secure, you can start designing your dream space. Consider the following ideas for transforming your underdeck:

**Gathering Space**: Create a cozy outdoor living room with comfortable furniture, an outdoor rug, and perhaps an outdoor TV for movie nights. Benches with storage can add seating and keep blankets and pillows handy.

**Dining Space**: For outdoor cooking enthusiasts, an underdeck kitchen with cabinetry, a grill, a small refrigerator, and a sink is ideal. Consult a professional to adhere to building codes regarding heat, fire, and ventilation.

**Backyard Extension**: If you have a pool, hot tub, or firepit, your underdeck can complement these features. Use built-ins for storage and create a shaded lounging area by the pool or a convenient spot for firewood near the firepit.

**Retreat Space**: Design a private nook with hammocks, swings, and privacy screens or plants. This secluded area is perfect for relaxation and reading.

With the rising popularity of outdoor living spaces, you have many options for materials and designs. Start with the ceiling of your underdeck, incorporating features like lighting, fans, or decorative panels to create an inviting atmosphere. For the flooring, choose materials like pavers, brick, stone, or concrete that blend with your home’s aesthetic and provide a smooth transition to your backyard.

Bringing Your Vision to Life

Whether you choose to create a gathering space, dining area, backyard extension, or private retreat, our team at Marshall Building and Remodeling is here to help bring your vision to life. We focus on creating low-maintenance, exterior spaces that enhance your home’s value.

A well-designed underdeck area can be a valuable addition to your home, providing a versatile space for entertaining, relaxing, and enjoying the outdoors. Contact us today to get a free quote on your decking project!

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