Building Your Backyard Oasis With Deck and Pergola Design: The Art of Renovation LIVE!

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Building Your Backyard Oasis Checklist

It’s that time of year where our clients are itching to elevate their backyards. Creating a backyard oasis is no easy task. A good backyard renovation requires a solid design plan, and that includes everything from dirt to decor. 

So, where do you start? 

We’re here to help you through the landmines that exist in the renovation world. This episode covers everything you need to know about how to build the perfect deck or pergola for your backyard space. 

Welcome back to The Art of Renovation LIVE, where home renovation expert Paul Foster sits down with with other well-loved professionals in the industry to educate homeowners on all things high quality renovation. Each episode focuses on a different area of renovation and gives you the trade secrets of home improvement and design. No matter what type of renovation you’re planning, Paul and his special guests have advice that will ensure you get the renovation of your dreams.

You can learn more about The Art of Renovation LIVE show here.

Building Your Backyard Oasis Episode Replay

There are so many decisions that come with building a new deck or pergola, and if the planning stage isn’t given the right attention, homeowners can face a number of obstacles. 

In this episode Paul sits down with custom deck builder, Jon Yuzwenko of Sustain the Deck Company to share the ins and outs of deck and pergola design. 

Wondering what deck material will hold up during the icy winter months? To add a pergola cover or to not add a pergola cover? Which deck design makes the most sense? Whether you want to have morning coffee, or you want to entertain after the sun has gone down, how you plan to use your deck will determine various renovation decisions you have to make. 

Let Paul and Jon lead the way for you in this fully-packed episode! To catch up on past episodes, click here. 

Episode Show Notes

03:20 – What type of projects does Sustain the Deck Company specialize in? 

10:00 – How to find the right budget for your backyard renovation. What does a backyard renovation cost? 

12:30 – What is a pavilion? What are the benefits of building a pavilion in your backyard? 

14:15 – How to best design a deck or pergola. 

16:00 – Where do you start with a backyard or deck renovation? 

22:22 – Show introduction. What are the different types of piles for a backyard decking?

25:40 – Ground level decks. Floating decks. 

27:25 – Different decking project options. Deck material options. The difference between cedar decking, pressure-treated wood, vinyl decking and composite decking. 

28:00 – What is kayu hardwood decking? Maintenance free deck boards.  

30:00 – What is the best deck material to have in the winter? 

33:50 – The difference between backframing and picture framing. 

37:00 – Show introduction. Deck finishing options. Deck railings. Deck lighting.

42:00 – Pergola design options. Covered pergolas. What type of panel should be used for a pergola. Roofing options for pergolas. 

45:25 – Should you include a cover on your pergola? 

47:45 – What are the benefits of screen rooms for decks? Two options for deck screening: retractable or fixed screens.

About Contact Renovations and Custom Homes

At Contact Renovations and Custom Homes, our client first philosophy has made us a top Edmonton Design Build Contractor for over ten years. We pride ourselves on high quality renovations that speaks for itself. 

Click here to learn more about how we can help you bring your vision to life. 

We are thrilled to win a 2024 CHBA Edmonton Excellence in Housing award!