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Complementary Color Schemes for Your Composite Decking Part 3

More Complementary Color Schemes for Your Composite Decking

In previous blog entries, we have explored distinctive design ideas for different home styles and complementary Envision® composite decking aesthetics. Today in the Envision® blog, we explore three new home design styles, and we deliver more ideas to make every deck design beautiful. Read on for more design ideas and advice from Envision®.

Composite Decking to Complement a Townhouse Home Design

Townhomes come in a variety of styles, they share a few defining features. Townhomes are adjoined with their neighbors in a row. Townhomes are generally two or more stories, with the kitchen and living space on the first floor and bedrooms on upper floors. Generally, townhomes have limited lawn space, so it is important to make the most of every square foot of outdoor space available to the homeowner.

A small yard makes it all the more important to be creative when designing outdoor living spaces. The backyard areas in townhomes often open into indoor spaces such as kitchens and living rooms, so a great way to make the outdoor living space feel larger is to extend the indoor aesthetic outdoors with decking designs that offer the comforts and amenities of indoor living. Consider a rich color and deep textured woodgrain that complements the interior design of the home — Rustic Walnut is a beautiful choice that will seamlessly transition interior and exterior designs.

Composite Decking to Complement a Victorian Home Design

Victorian architectural style is characterized by classic Old World design elements, including Romanesque columns and ornate Gothic details in trim, railings, and roof lines. Victorian homes often feature multiple porch and deck areas, such as porticos, balconies and terraces. The color palette of Victorian homes is often neutral, such as eggshell, grey, or pastel shades of blue.

The variety of deck areas make Victorian homes ideal for inspired outdoor living space design. Outdoor furniture with soft textured fabrics and cushions is a great way to bring indoor comforts outdoors. Ambient, dimmable LED lighting is recommended as well. To complement a neutral color palette, consider a delicately textured, multi-hued style from the Envision Distinction® Collection, such as Grey Wood.

Composite Decking to Complement a Farmhouse Home Design

Farmhouse home design is characterized by broad home face with pitched rooflines and a covered porch that runs the length of the front of the home. Farmhouse homes often feature light color palettes, such as eggshell white and pastel blues and tans. Light decking colors, large covered porches, and accentuated railing styles are excellent choices for a farmhouse deck design.

Farmhouse porches are often used as transitional spaces between several indoor rooms, for example, two bedrooms and a living room may share access to a single porch that stretches across the length of the home. So it is recommended to blend the style of indoor design with the style of outdoor design to unify the transitional spaces. This can be accomplished by including a vibrant accent color in both indoor and outdoor designs, complemented by subtly colored Envision® decking products, such as Weathered Wicker from the Envision Inspiration® Collection.

Composite Decks to Match Any Home

There are so many unique and distinctive home styles that it can feel overwhelming to build complementary outdoor living space designs. Envision® makes it easy with helpful design advice, professional resources, and excellent products with a full spectrum of colors and styles to match the aesthetic of any home. Build beautifully with Envision®.

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Envision®: How Much Will a Composite Deck Add to Home Value?

How Much Will a New Envision® Composite Deck Add to Home Value?

The addition of a beautiful outdoor living space with Envision® composite decking products can add a substantial amount of value to your home. Whether you want to increase the curb appeal and resale value of your home to prepare it for sale, or you want to increase your family’s comfort and enjoyment for years to come, an outdoor living area made with Envision® composite decking is a perfect way to substantially increase the overall value of your home.

Increased Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is one of the most important elements for successfully marketing a home for sale. A beautiful outdoor living space will encourage potential buyers to imagine enjoying the elegant outdoor amenities of your home with their family and friends. When it comes to bringing homebuyers to the table, creating a compelling vision for the buyer is paramount. A beautiful outdoor space made with Envision® composite decking will make potential buyers feel right at home.

When potential buyers are considering their options in a desirable neighborhood, they will compare your home with nearby listings for sale, and this is where aesthetic appeal will make your home stand out. Increase the value of your home with stylish and comfortable beauty from Envision®. The elegant distinction of a deck from Envision® can make-or-break a home sale, so choose beautiful and comfortable products to set your home apart.

Increased Resale Value

The addition of a deck for outdoor living is one of the most cost-effective remodeling projects that a homeowner can undertake. According to national averages, homeowners recoup roughly 70%-80% of the construction costs for a new deck in the resale value of their home. More expensive remodeling projects, such as a kitchen remodel or the addition of a sunroom, do not recoup nearly the amount of home value that is gained by the addition of a deck.

Consider combining cost-effective home projects to maximize your resale value. Landscaping is another excellent choice for a home project that will recoup a high resale value. If possible, utilize the same contractor to complete both the composite decking remodel as well as the landscaping improvements. This will minimize the overall project cost while maximizing the beauty and value of your home improvement project.

Increased Comfort and Enjoyment

There are few things more valuable than your family’s happiness and enjoyment when you spend time together at home. Increasing the enjoyment value of your home is very important, even if your ultimate goal is to increase the appeal and resale value of your home. If you and your family truly love the outdoor space you have created, potential buyers and their families will, too.

Build something you love with the beauty and comfort of Envision® composite decking. Whether you prefer the bold colors and dramatic highlights of Spiced Teak from the Envision Distinction® Collection, or you prefer the subtle multi-hued tones of Weathered Wicker from the Envision Inspiration® Collection, choose styles that instill a sense of beauty and comfort that you will enjoy for years to come. Your time at home is valuable, so spend it with your family and friends in an outdoor living space you love.

Discover the Value of Envision® Composite Decking

Whether you are hoping to increase curb-appeal to attract potential homebuyers, or you just want to add beauty and comfort to your home for the enjoyment of your family and friends, Envision® composite decking is the ideal choice. The beautiful and bold design styles of the complete Envision® suite of products are the first choice for style and comfort at home.

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2018 Decking Trends from Envision®

Inspired Decking Trends for 2018 from Envision®

Hot new decking trends are changing the style of outdoor design in 2018. Envision® is right on the cutting edge, with helpful advice, professional resources, and excellent products that make it easy to design inspired beautiful spaces. From classic comfort to 21st-century technology, 2018 is an exciting year for decking trends.

1) Comfort is King

Comfy cushions, pillows, daybeds, and ottomans are must-have items for deck design this year. The amenities of indoor living are trending in outdoor design, and homeowners have never been more comfortable outdoors. Excellent outdoor upholstery options are now available, making it possible to decorate with products that offer soft texture and cushioned comfort while remaining resilient through weather and wear.

2) Vibrant Color is In

An otherwise neutral-colored design scheme benefits greatly from a splash of brightly colored feature elements to create a vibrant style that draws the eye across the whole design. Choose bright colors that are complemented by the multi-hued Envision Distinction® Collection. Complement the vibrant, fiery red of a Japanese Maple tree with the subtle warmth of Shaded Auburn composite decking. Or, accent the deep grey-blue hues of Envision® Grey Wood composite decking with a variety of bright blue throw pillows.

3) 21st Century Technology Today

It is the 21st century, after all, so it should be no surprise that some technological advances can make outdoor living on an Envision® deck an elegant and modern experience. With new innovations in LED lighting, it is now possible to choose from a wide variety of colors, lighting designs, and distinctive features such as adjustable dimming, color shift lighting, and solar powered options.

New technological advances have even made it possible to control the color and dimming features directly from your smartphone. Bluetooth equipped sound systems can be installed in outdoor living spaces and controlled entirely from the homeowner’s smartphone as well.

4) The Warmth of Fire Features

The aesthetic of a fire feature is a classic complement to contemporary outdoor living. Whether you prefer the natural look of stone masonry or the modern style of stainless steel, a fire feature will bring cozy comfort and a warm elegance to any deck design. The warm glow of a fire feature is complemented beautifully by the Envision Distinction® Collection. Consider the warm tones of Spiced Teak to complement a stone fire feature, or choose the slate blue hues of Grey Wood to complement a stainless steel fire feature. Fire features and comfortable, covered seating areas are perfect for a winter evening sunset over a snowy backyard vista.

5) Year Round Outdoor Comfort

Traditionally, family decks were primarily used in the warmer months of the year, but modern design styles deliver features and amenities that make it possible to enjoy outdoor living spaces all year round. Covered seating areas such as screened-in spaces and pergolas provide protection from weather as well as pesky insects, so any time of the year is a great time to enjoy outdoor living.

A screened-in living space retains warm and cool air, and modern homeowners are now taking advantage of this feature. It is relatively easy to bring indoor air-conditioning into outdoor living spaces, simply by extending existing ductwork to the screened-in areas, so homeowners can stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Envision® Delivers Inspired Design

Successful contractors know that if you want to excel in the industry, the number one priority is inspiring clients to imagine unique and distinctive designs that they truly love. Deliver modern design trends and styles that will bring clients to the table with Envision®.

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Attracting Prospective Clients: Recommendations from Envision®

Helpful Recommendations for Marketing Envision® Products

Building a successful construction business is a difficult task. It takes experience, honesty, know-how, and excellent building materials. Envision® is here to help with advice, professional resources, and exceptional products to inspire clients and contractors alike. Read on to learn more about marketing Envision® products and building a successful business.

Give Clients a Variety of Beautiful Choices

Successful contractors know that giving clients a selection of personalized design styles to choose from is the best way to ensure that clients feel at home in their outdoor living space. It is important to emphasize that clients have options, and that’s why Envision® is an excellent choice for building products. The beautiful design collections from the Envision Distinction®, Inspiration, and Expression lines deliver excellence in eleven design styles for any aesthetic preference, with price points to match the budget of even the most discerning clients.

No matter which Envision® collection your client chooses from, they can be sure that their deck will deliver personalized elegance and comfort. Envision® offers branded Railing and Skirting products in a variety of colors and styles, further expanding the range of unique designs available. When every part of the installation is branded and backed by Envision®, clients can rest assured that no matter what collection they select from, the results will be amazing.

Recommend Remarkable Features

Bringing the comfort and aesthetic of indoor amenities into outdoor living spaces is an excellent way help customers realize their vision for the perfect deck design. Successful contractors will have the know-how to build outdoor kitchens, screened in outdoor living areas, poolside settings, pergolas, fire features, and other distinctive design elements. Build your professional skill set so you can offer clients amazing features that will surprise and inspire.

Build a Picturesque Portfolio

The most important tool a contractor can use to inspire a client’s imagination, while also giving the client confidence in the final result, is a comprehensive portfolio of completed work. Beautiful photos of expert work by an experienced and honest contractor is a reliable way to bring serious clients to the table. There is no better return on any investment for contractors than developing a picturesque portfolio that represents your work, displays your credentials, and contains testimonials from exceptionally satisfied customers.

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Envision® offers excellent resources for professional contractors. With simple and helpful advice, extensive professional resources, and official Envision® Registered Pro membership benefits, Envision® is dedicated to the success of contractors who partner with us to deliver excellence to clients.

Envision® Inspired Success

Excellence is the fundamental ingredient to successful results. That is why Envision® delivers only the best. Whether it’s helpful advice, professional resources, or excellent products, Envision® is here to inspire beautifully designed outdoor living spaces.

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How Big of a Deck Do I Need?

(BPT) – As the major outdoor living trend sweeps the nation, decks are getting bigger. But with television shows featuring 3,000-square-foot monster decks, the average homeowner is left to wonder, “Just how big of a deck do I need?”

Atlanta, Georgia-based deckbuilder Frank Pologruto, says it all comes down to how homeowners intend to use their space as each “zone” of the deck will require a general square footage.

“People want somewhere to cook, and then eat, and then have a conversation, and you start adding up these areas and you realize you can’t do all this in a 16’x12’ deck,” said Pologruto, the owner of Decks & More.

Dining – 320+ square feet

Outdoor kitchens and dining areas are growing in popularity, but do require significant space. A grill with some counter space for cooking and a large table and chairs for dining will take up around 320 square feet of deck.

Seating – 250+ square feet

Adding an additional seating area, whether a quiet morning coffee spot or an after-dinner conversation pit, will require even more space. A conversation area for about six people will add another 256 square feet to the deck. Adding a fire element to the seating area, will require not only the space for the actual fireplace or fire pit, but also appropriate distance between the fire and any seating.

Pool or hot tub – 150+ square feet

Homeowners looking to include a water feature like an in-ground pool or hot tub can expect it to require additional deck space. A four-person hot tub could take up as many as 100 square feet of deck, but Pologruto cautions homeowners to build in plenty of room to walk around, and enter and exit the hot tub, bringing the total to between 150 and 200 square feet.

Parties – 15 square feet per person

As a general rule, Pologruto said homeowners should determine how many people they expect to host on their deck and estimate about 15 square feet of deck per person. To comfortably fit around 20 people, the deck will need at least 300 square feet of open space.

“Remember though, if you plan to have 50 people over, they won’t all be out on the deck at the same time, so plan for your deck to hold about 30 people,” he said.


With the added square footage comes a bigger price tag – $25,000 to $250,000 depending on the size.

The deck material will also affect the final cost. Pologruto uses both traditional wood boards and high-end Envision® composite decking by TAMKO Building Products, Inc. and says if homeowners are already preparing to spend the money to build a large deck, they should go the extra step and upgrade to a composite board.

“If you’re smart and have the money, do the composite – it just makes more sense,” he said.

Overall, from his experience, Pologruto said most homeowners don’t need a 3,000-square-foot deck, and should be able to fit a small dining area, arbor, hot tub and separate seating area in about 750 square feet, although some of the decks he builds are more than twice that size.

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