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How to Incorporate Lighting into Your Outdoor Space

The sun is setting, and your patio lights have gone on. Your yard is twinkling against the oranges and reds in the sky. We can’t think of a more beautiful setting than this. Surround your Fairfax home with outdoor lighting to enhance the ambiance of your deck and take your yard to the next level. We offer a wide variety of lighting options to not only make your space more inviting but also to improve safety and add irreplaceable value to your home.

There are endless opportunities when it comes to lighting elements. Outdoor lighting can brighten your yard, illuminate walkways, and even create the illusion of a roof by stringing up a canopy of lights.  Here is a list of creative and chic ways to incorporate lighting into your custom deck design. 

Illuminate Steps and Walkways

Our custom stone and paver walkways are a wonderful way to navigate your yard and enhance your Northern Virginia home. Consider illuminating your walkways to outline pathways and to provide safety at night. Adding lighting underneath or in the middle of your deck stairs is a great way for your guests to enjoy your space and avoid injuries at night. We also offer border and patio lighting to integrate into your outdoor areas. Not to mention the unbeatable ambiance these lights will add to the overall look of your yard.

Water Reflection

If you have a water feature or pool, take advantage of these reflective surfaces in your yard. String lights just above the water to double the amount of light being given off at nighttime. The water will act as a mirror-like surface and create a magical effect. Consider lining the perimeter of your pool or other water features with lanterns for a nice touch when hosting get-togethers.

Fireplace Design

Perhaps the most captivating source of outdoor lighting is a fireplace. Our team will work with you to design a custom fire element that fits seamlessly into the layout of your existing patio design. Choose from a variety of materials including masonry and natural stone, Or Techo Bloc paver stone for your wood-burning firepit. A flickering fire creates a sense of warmth and comfort. Your friends and family deserve a gathering place with an inviting glow. 

Roof of Light

Overhead lighting strung up at regular intervals across your deck creates the illusion of a “roof” of light. This is a popular way to add dramatic lighting that covers large patios or decks. Your yard will be well-lit without competing with Virginia’s starry night sky.

Chandelier

There’s nothing like a hanging chandelier to create an elegant and luxurious atmosphere. Hang one above your dining or seating area for an enchanting effect. However, wiring an outdoor fixture can be complicated. A perfect solution to this problem is to hang a chandelier from the beams of your covered patio from Distinctive Deck Designs. Our expert contractors will build a sturdy and quality covered patio for your yard.

Get creative this Summer with custom lighting design at your Fairfax home. Contact us today to learn more about our outdoor lighting options!

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Update Your Outdoor Space

Distinctive Deck Designs has the whole package. We can transform your home completely with custom deck construction, but homeowners can take it one step further. The one project that always seems to elevate a yard is adding enhancing, outdoor features. Embellishing your yard is a very personal process so you should work with a company that you trust. We will work with you along the way to provide expertise on creating an atmosphere that feels luxurious, calming and that matches your vision perfectly.

Outdoor Fireplace

The ambiance and warmth a fireplace adds to an outdoor space is unbeatable. Whether you are entertaining or sitting out on your patio, unwinding after a long day by a custom fireplace will be an excellent addition to your Fairfax design. We build high-quality, wood-burning fireplaces of all sizes to complement your backyard décor. Wherever you are in your design process, we will make sure your firepit installation meets your needs.

Walkways

Our custom walkways will convert your Northern Virginia home to a functional and organized space. We create remarkable stone paths that make your yard easy to navigate and lead to the focal points, like patio seating, cozy fire pits, and fountains. We make sure the new pathway fits your existing aesthetic perfectly by offering a wide selection of materials. Choose from stone pavers, brick, slate or flagstone.

Lighting

We believe the smallest detail can have the biggest effect. Adding simple lighting to your outdoor space will enhance the beauty and spirit of your home dramatically. Outdoor lighting brings attention to the charming features of your backyard, illuminates pathways and provides a comforting energy and ambiance that will make your guests feel at home.

Safety is another huge benefit to bringing light into your outdoor space. Paved walkways will be visible at night so navigating your yard will be less hazardous. If you are planning on having evening get-togethers, lighting will ensure that your guests are free to roam around and enjoy your entire backyard.

Increase your home’s curb appeal and add an enchanting touch to your yard with our lighting options. We offer everything from deck lighting, patio lighting, outdoor path lighting and much more.

Patio

Installing a patio as part of your outdoor project is the best way to make your space more livable. Relaxing and hosting in your yard is close to impossible without a proper patio. Extending your living area will make your home seem bigger and will create a wonderful place for entertaining and spending time with your family. Patio design is also the perfect opportunity to show off your personality by adding personal touches which we will make a reality.

Besides increasing the value of your home, patios are easy to maintain. You will never have to put in extra effort to keep your space clean because our patios are made with the best products available and designed to withstand harsh weather conditions.

Start on your backyard transformation today and contact us for a FREE consultation!

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Deck Ideas for The Modern Home

Perched up with a cold drink and a good book, a deck is an ideal haven for the summertime in Northern Virginia. Whether you are looking to add-on to your existing deck or start from scratch with a custom design, our deck builders in Northern Virginia will help you bring your vision to life!

A modern deck done right has all the bells and whistles that make for an entertainer’s dream while remaining timelessly classic. The right structural plans and features will enhance your deck’s aesthetic and livability as well as ensure durability in any weather condition. Our deck builders will offer expertise on designing a beautiful and modern outdoor space.

A deck should be an extension of your home. Implementing these ideas will make your space feel like your perfectly personalized corner of the world.

Multiple Level Deck:

Increasing the amount of usable space is a plus in any deck design. Having multiple levels will allow you to designate different areas for different uses. For example, utilizing the level closest to the home’s entrance for an outdoor kitchen and dining area would be extremely convenient. The lower level could be used for patio seating and entertaining friends and family. Our Northern Virginia deck builders will use the best composite decking materials to create your multiple-level space.

Outdoor Kitchen/Bar:

Nothing beats having a summer get-together out on your deck complete with BBQ food and drinks. When your meal can be prepared outside, you won’t have to miss out on socializing with your guests. You can be both a great cook and host! An outdoor kitchen or bar area will also add a certain ambiance to your deck. Patio heaters, furnishings, and lighting will complete your space and create a luxurious yet homey place for your guests to enjoy. Our custom deck designs will ensure a durable surface if you do choose to install a kitchen or bar area!

Gazebo:

With Summer in full swing, a gazebo should be on every home-owners list. Besides adding an undeniable charm and value to your home, a gazebo is a perfect spot to enjoy the summer breeze, spend time with family or set up an evening meal. Our Northern Virginia deck builders will work with you to create a gazebo that aligns with your yard’s existing design and fits effortlessly into the architecture of your modern home.

Contact us today to make your deck a place that is nothing short of a joy to reside!

Why You’ll Love a Screened-In Porch For Your Home

If you are thinking about remodeling, keep in mind that having a screen porch designed and installed is in excellent way to increase your home’s value! This can be a great way to show off your home and help it stand out if you’re thinking about selling in the future. In Fairfax, Distinctive Deck Designs can help design the perfect porch for your home whether it is screened-in or open air. Mark Shriner and his team are the experts when it comes to this climate and building outdoor spaces that will last for years to come.

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