Adding a deck to your backyard is a great way to incorporate more outdoor living into your home. At Hyland Landscapes in Vancouver, we often help our customers with deck & patio design and installation, so, we have compiled a list of helpful tips for planning and designing your outdoor living area.


Choosing The Right Location

Before you think about what options there are for deck & patio design, it is important to choose the right location in your backyard for your new installment. If you are looking to have an area that you can use more for sunbathing and relaxing, check where the sun hits your yard for long periods of time during the day.

One popular location for a deck or patio is right outside your home near the back door, as this gives the impression that your outdoor living space is a continuation of your indoor living space. Others may look to place a deck or patio in another part of the backyard if they are wanting to create an intimate space to relax – perhaps adding in a firepit or pergola.

If you are unsure of how to design your backyard space/garden, Hyland Landscapes offers an extensive discovery meeting to show clients the detailed process and value that goes into creating your dream outdoor space in the Vancouver area.

Deck & Patio Design

When looking at an outdoor space, it is important to decide whether you are wanting to add a deck or a patio. Each has its advantages and drawbacks, so it is important to weigh these up and compare them with your needs.

Decks are a great affordable way to transform your garden on a limited budget and they are easily customizable as they can be stained or painted in different colours, and come in a variety of designs. If decks are built correctly, they can support the weight of many guests, this makes them a great option if you are looking to socialize outdoors. It is important to note, however, that decks need to be treated in order to stand the test of time, as they risk rotting or warping, which means they do need to be maintained.

Patios on the other hand are a more expensive option and take longer to build, but are likely to increase the value of your home as they last much longer with less maintenance required. They can support more weight than a deck can and are better if you are thinking of adding larger, heavier items of furniture. Both a patio or a deck work well if you are looking to add a pergola as a feature.

Decorating Your Decking

Once you have decided on what to add to your outdoor space, it is important to think about what furniture or additional extras that you would like to add to it, so as to ensure that you have enough space. A fire pit will add heat and can be a standout centrepiece to your social area, while a pergola will offer great shade in the sun.

So Why Not Have A Backyard Deck Area?

We hope that our guide will help you in your landscape design process, allowing you to make the most out of your outdoor space. At Hyland Landscapes, we believe that your outdoor space should be the focal point of your home. We are experts in creating beautiful outdoor spaces, so contact us today to find out more.