From Pool Patio To Perfect Hangout


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Bart Stuchell

Bart Stuchell, the founder of StoneDeks Systems, revolutionized the decking industry by developing a system that transforms traditional wood decks into stunning stone decks. Bart used his expertise in manufacturing to create the Silca System and Silca Grate, making deck installation easier and more aesthetically pleasing.

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How to Choose Which Material is Right for your Outdoor Space

Getting more than one use out of a space is something we have all come to learn (and love?) to do over the rise of impromptu home office spaces these last few years. An area that may not seem dual-purpose right off the bat? Your outdoor pool patio; however, when given the right accents, design and materials, you can easily transform this space into anything your mind can dream up. 

As with any project, it starts with a solid foundation. StoneDeks has the perfect pool deck material, whether you’re looking for a slip-resistant, kid-friendly alternative like porcelain; a custom design option like concrete or a fan-favorite like flagstone pavers, StoneDeks has it all, and will work with you to make the right choice for your space!

The next step requires you to determine your vision/usage for the space. Are you aiming to host dinner parties or your kids’ birthday parties? Have a wine tasting or have fun in the sun come summer? Once you’ve narrowed down the future of the space, then you can move on to decor, lighting and more!

While it may seem obvious, keeping within the same color palette as your home can help unify your patio space, making it feel elevated and purposeful. On the flip side, however, don’t be afraid to choose a pop of color to bring fun, playful elements into your space! It’s all about making the space yours and using elements that bring you joy. If you want a little bit of both, a fun pattern on cushions, table settings, pillows or towels is a good way to break up neutral tones and have fun with design!

Playing with the colors of the material you’ve chosen for your decking is always a good jumping off point if you’re really stuck on what to do. If you’ve chosen porcelain from StoneDeks, for example, earthy, muted colors as the main focal points of your design elements will help amplify those found in the porcelain itself. Think jewel tones for some warmth, dusty greens, oranges and beige as your neutrals!

Lighting can transform a space as well. If you’re someone who visualizes a space as more of a ‘feeling’ than a particular design, lighting could be the perfect starting point. Finding the perfect bright white lights to keep the pool illuminated at night might be your goal, or perhaps finding hanging edison style bulbs to string across the area and create a more intimate, cozy feeling is what you’re after. There’s a solution for everyone, try creating a vision board to help you make decisions. As you copy and paste or cut particular pages out, you might notice a design preference that you didn’t even realize you had!

All in all, your space needs to work for you. From the patio decking material to the throw pillows, you should love your space once it’s completed. If you need help choosing the right material to start, contact one of our friendly, expert staff members and they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction!