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Is your deck as tired as you? Does it lack personality? Is it generous with the splinters? There’s a solution for that. The solution doesn’t have to involve all the expense of a new deck. Spruce up you deck for less with many elements that won’t break the bank.

Gazebos and Awnings

Sprucing up your deck for less can be accomplished many different ways and at many different price points. Building onto your existing deck with a gazebo or awning can transform your outdoor space quickly and without a heavy price tag or heavy lifting.  A gazebo or awning can cost a little or a lot depending on materials and size you choose. A gazebo or awning, however, will never cost as much as a new deck. A little shade might just be what your old deck needs. When incorporating any new structures into your existing deck and outdoor space remember to clean your deck so that the addition will blend in. Cleaning all your existing structures will go a long way in sprucing up your deck.

fireplace and deck lighting


Lighting can change and enhance the atmosphere of your old, tired deck. Lighting can be retrofitted and custom designed to create the desired ambiance. Lighting projects can cost a little or lot depending on your vision.

Planter Boxes and Benching

Planter boxes and benches are very economical ways to spruce up your existing deck without the cost of a new one. Planter boxes can help to frame your space and the plants in these boxes will inevitably add colour. Benches will also give structure to your deck and provide extra seating. Add some cushions and outdoor rugs and you’ve got yourself another living room.

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Some other elements that don’t cost much but invigorate your outdoor space and breathe life into your deck are privacy screens and fireplaces. Also consider a fresh coat of stain or paint.

While a new deck might not be in the cards for you, there are many ways to make your old deck new again. Have a plan, have a budget and most importantly, have an imagination.