Designing with Pressure-treated Lumber
Posted 30 April 2019 2:39 PM by Jase DeBoer
Pressure-treated lumber can be used in many ways to optimize your outdoor living space. You can use it to add a deck, pergola, outdoor seating or even landscaping elements such as lattice. No matter what stage you’re at in the building process, we’re sharing four design tips you can use when adding new outdoor structure or updating existing structures.
If you’re at the very beginning stages of planning your deck build, consider the many pattern possibilities available. The horizontal deck board layout is a classic and is usually the easiest method to finish a deck. However, there are a few different layout options, such as herringbone, chevron or diagonal patterns, to keep in mind. Another option to consider is picture framing using pressure-treated lumber. Outlining the deck structure will give your deck a clean finish and trendy touch.
A simple yet impactful design to consider when building or updating a wood deck is powder-coated aluminum balusters. The sleek look of aluminum balusters combined with pressure-treated wood brings a bold distinction between the railings. There are many different aluminum baluster styles and colors available, which means you can choose a style that ties your deck to other elements in your yard.
Specialty outdoor lighting can be featured along steps, as a part of post caps, or strung above your deck. Adding lighting to your outdoor space not only provides an added safety feature to your deck, but it also allows you to entertain guests well into the night.
A pressure-treated wood pergola is another way to optimize your outdoor space for added shade and privacy. Pergolas are a top outdoor trend that can be personalized to fit your style. The natural tones of a wooden pergola mixed with a colorful patio set is a great way to create your very own backyard resort. Another lumber option for a pergola build is color-treated lumber so you can spend less time staining and more time enjoying.
ProWood Building Tip: For shade purposes, main rafters should run north and south, so the beams would be placed east to west.
Deciding on a design element to incorporate in your outdoor space can be just as enjoyable as relaxing in it. Try one or all four of these design ideas and let us know how they look!