Whether you rent your lake house as a vacation home or use it as your second home, it’s time to check your deck and porches. Are they still safe? Do they look as good as you’d like them to look? Is it time to replace them with updated designs and upgraded materials? Could they be more inviting, more comfortable, more relaxing?
Our lakes in northeast Indiana are among the natural wonders of the state. We enjoy recreation on these lakes every spring and summer. Some of the homes and cottages here have been in the same families for generations. Many were originally built during the 1940s and 1950s, though, and decks were added later. It’s likely that most of those decks on lakefront homes have been replaced more than once.
Not only have deck styles changed, the older decks may be unsafe – and more so with each year that passes. Is this the year you’ll replace the deck at your cottage on Lake James or Jimmerson Lake? Has the deck or porch at your Crooked Lake or Snow Lake waterfront home seen better days? Is it time to renovate the outdoor living spaces at your lake cottage on Lake Wawasee?
Read more about the positive effects of updating your lakefront deck’s design and style: Stunning New Deck Design Improves Homeowners’ Lakefront View
Archadeck Can Replace, Refurbish and Refresh Lakefront Decks and Porches
Spring is the perfect time to take stock of outdoor living structures at your lakefront property. Examine your current deck or porch and ask yourself, would I enjoy this space more if it were newer, or larger? If you return each year to enjoy the perfect spring and summer days at the lake, is the deck your favorite place? It’s likely you don’t want to spend any of your time there working on wood deck maintenance. Perhaps it’s time to replace that aging wood deck with a low-maintenance deck that will look great for years to come.
What about your screened porch? Is it large enough for your needs? Does the wooden structure of your porch require yet another coat of paint? Have the screens become stretched or do they have holes that weren’t there at the start? Consider a fresh, new screened porch – perhaps with open rafters, ceiling fans and special screening to withstand rambunctious pets or children.
Rental Property or Second Home – Add a Deck or Porch People Love
If you don’t already have a deck or porch at your Lake Wawasee home, this is a good time to consider adding one – or both. Give your vacationers a lovely space outdoors where they can relax, gaze at the lake and enjoy summer breezes. Adding an outdoor living space will increase their – or your – enjoyment of the lakefront vista. Adding a space that is everyone’s favorite will bring return visitors, too.
Will the topography of your lakefront lot present challenges when it comes to adding a deck or porch? Read our blog post about how we overcame just such design challenges with this award-winning lakeside deck design on Crooked Lake in Angola, IN. At Archadeck of Fort Wayne, we have the design expertise and technical know-how to handle any difficulties that come with working on a lakefront property.
Archadeck of Fort Wayne is northeast Indiana’s premier designer and builder of beautiful, high-quality outdoor living spaces. If you are interested in learning how we can design the perfect deck or porch for your home – lakefront or otherwise – contact us to get started.
-- Craig Whitman, owner at Archadeck of Fort Wayne.