Top Upgrades Under $1000

Does your living space need that little something extra? We created a list of upgrades for under $1000 for your outdoor living space. These could make your space stand out from the rest and now, the Jones' will be trying to keep up with YOU!

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  • Privacy Wall

  • A privacy wall can make your space feel more intimate while also helping with wind or sun issues.

  • This can easily be added to your project for under $1000 using cedar.

  • Could also easily cost more for a custom screen or metal frame screen. We love Oasis Privacy Screens.

  • Helical Screw Piles

  • Helical screw piles are a different version of a foundation for your deck. They are drilled deep underground to order to disperse the enormous weight that sits atop.

  • Once installed, a contractor can build atop them immediately. There is no cure time as there is with a concrete pier.

  • They cost a bit more than a traditional concrete pier, but saves you time for labor & for concrete curing, so your project gets done faster!

  • Oiling Your Wood Deck

  • An oil is so important to keeping your deck in the best shape possible.

  • This oil deeply penetrates the wood to protect it from water damage and makes it resistant of mildew & UV damage.

  • A low penetrating oil is better than just a top coat paint, stain, or sealant.

  • Lighting

  • Adding lighting to your space takes it to the next level.

  • Stair & Railing lights are a great idea for both safety & aesthetics.

  • Lighting also makes your space more usable into the evenings & later in the season.

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  • Built-In Bench

  • This project could easily be done for under $1000.

  • If your contractor is doing it, it likely could be made out of the decking scraps or for only a couple additional boards.

  • Adds some functionality to your space.

  • Box Planters

  • This is the same idea as the bench; could easily be made out of scrap & quickly so it shouldn't cost too much extra.

  • Once it has been planted, it can make the outdoor space feel cozier & more relaxing.

  • Skirt Deck

  • A beautifully built deck can be completely enhanced by a single feature - skirting it. This means enclosing the underside of the deck.

  • If it's not covered, it can appear unfinished, especially if the deck is raised & the bottom is visible.

  • If using decking, could potentially cost more than $1000.

  • To stay under $1000, lattice is a great option.

  • DeckAll Mesh is a new & improved version of lattice and is a happy medium as it can be trimmed out with decking & is affordable.

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  • Gate Under Deck

  • If you're already planning on skirting your deck, adding a gate to access the space would be very affordable!

  • A gate would mean that this space now becomes a usable storage area for your various lawn equipment that may not get used as often such as wheelbarrow or perhaps seasonal outdoor decor.

Honorable Mentions

  • Pergola

  • With lumber prices where they are, this will likely be more than $1000, but should be relatively close for a standard size pergola.

  • If you're wanting a custom/large-scale build, or perhaps a shade sail installed, that'll be extra.

  • Plenty of DIY options, but be sure to install them properly or it could present a major safety hazard.

  • Upgraded Railing

  • To upgrade your railing, is to upgrade the entire space.

  • Any railing besides the box store spindles/pickets will take your deck to the next level! Doesn't have to be top of the line.

  • Most decks only have about 40 linear feet of railing, making the average upgrade fairly affordable.

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Which upgrade is your favorite? Summit Outdoor Designs has experience in every category and would love the opportunity to give you a FREE estimate on your space! Let's work together to make your dreams, a reality!

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