Coastal Outdoor Spaces has been helping homeowners in the Annapolis area improve their outdoor living spaces for years. The Coastal Look is a great way to make a dramatic improvement to your property and Brandon Stewart is an expert in this style. As a long-time Annapolis deck builder, we build a lot of decks, but we also do much more than other deck companies. Our services include patios, landscape design, planting, stone and masonry work, fencing of all kinds, and building a wide array of structures such as screened porches, sunrooms, and gazebos.
The Coastal Look is a popular trend and a traditional style for outdoor living spaces, which evokes a nautical feel often associated with shore living, the beach, harbor views, lakeside properties, river communities, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, fishing, sailing, pleasure cruising and a water-oriented lifestyle. We can incorporate this look into any project, large or small. When we consult, design, and build Coastal style outdoor living spaces for our clients, we take into account their personal tastes and marry them with industry-standard best practices. Landscape design, architecture, and color are key elements when creating Coastal Outdoor Spaces.
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- Decks, stairs, and landings (wood or composite)
- Railings (vinyl, aluminum, cable, steel or wood)
- Fences (wood, vinyl, aluminum or chain link)
- Patios (pavers, bluestone, or flagstone)
- Porches and sunrooms
- Lighting – low voltage
- Landscape designs (walls, mulching, planting, and stones)
- Pergolas and Arbors
Let your idea blossom
What often happens to your idea? It grows. It will take a great design to bring out the best in your yard. We can help you develop deck design ideas. Attractive landscaping with walkways may lead from the deck to a patio. When you talk with an Annapolis deck builder, you need more than just a deck and fence company. You will benefit from a large variety of options. You need a paver patio company, a screen porch builder, and a landscaper. We are all of those things. We may recommend a variety of ideas, such as built-in benches and lighting on the deck. Below and next to the deck, there could be a patio with an ivy-covered pergola for a private conversation area. Our plans can include attractive mulching, stones, and planting for your outdoor living space. A fence we may build for you will coordinate with the landscaping and other features of your property. In order to understand what you need, it is critical to have an expert who has worked with hundreds of homeowners in similar situations in Annapolis. This is how we can help.
Decks connect you with nature
We build composite or wood decks with a variety of railing choices such as wood, vinyl or steel cable. A deck will connect you with nature, extend your entertainment space, and is a smart investment in your home. Adding a porch or sunroom, depending on your personal style and what you want from the space, will provide shade and protection from the weather. A screened gazebo that sits at the far end of a space can offer a nice hideaway for relaxing, privacy, and romantic dinners.
As an Annapolis deck builder, we feel that creating a comfortable and great looking outdoor living space goes beyond the specific deck design and often includes incorporating attractive patios, flowing walkways, creative landscaping, walls or fencing to connect the various elements of your space.
Homeowners build fences on their property for many reasons. When designing an outdoor living space, a fence can add so much style and personality to your living space – in addition to all the practical aspects. A strong fence, no matter what the material, is one more obstacle between your home and unwanted attention. For pool owners, a sturdy fence is absolutely essential to keep neighborhood children from accessing your property when no one is home. We will coordinate the fence with a deck so that they compliment each other visually.
Patios and Walkways
A patio may sit at the base of a deck, off of a backdoor, or can be designed to fit anywhere on the property. A nice walkway can lead to your front, back door, or to a beautiful patio and pergola combination. Patios and walkways can compliment a tall screened gazebo that sits near a small pond or waterfront. There are situations where a patio is actually superior to a deck for certain property layouts or the homeowner’s goals. For example, if the prime objective is both comfort and privacy, a combination of stairs that lead down from the kitchen to a ground level patio with a nice tall fence will help provide the desired end result. With attractive plantings and walls, the outdoor space can be a beautiful and relaxing environment.
Landscaping walls will add structure and curb appeal to an open yard or flowering garden. Our strong landscape design skills can turn your property into a welcoming mosaic of colors and patterns. The impact of a detailed and well-planned design can make so much difference for the long-term enjoyment of your investment. Something as simple as landscaping walls will add design dimensions to your deck project, which are pleasing to the eye and provide practical organization for your space.
Pergolas and Arbors
Pergolas and arbors are design elements that add a great deal of visual appeal and personality to an outdoor living space. Arbors are particularly effective for entry and exit pathways within the space. A pergola can set a deck or patio apart from other parts of the space and provide a structure for hanging plants and lighting.
When some shade is desired for a deck or patio, a pergola can be used as an alternative to a porch. Flowering and potted plants, ivy and other plant-life can grow up and over a pergola to block the sun or create privacy. Adding a pergola to a broad and flat area, such as a large deck, can create some badly needed height. With an area of height, the asymmetrical view is pleasing to the eye – and you can add colorful hanging plants and decor to brighten up the area. Arbors perform a similar service for fencing and walls around a yard and can be built with or without a gate. They will provide a dramatic entryway to your outdoor space and break up the long horizontal pattern that comes with a fence.
When designing your outdoor space, you can think of it in terms of your indoor space. You can have a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room in your yard with creative landscape design. Landscaping walls and walkways can guide you and your guests from one space to another. Great design can turn a forgotten area of your property into a popular and attractive gathering place. Coordinating the right colors, plantings, and stone with your deck will create the relaxing atmosphere you desire.
Annapolis Outdoor Living Theme Ideas
Possible outdoor living theme ideas for Annapolis would include colonial life, historical references – such as George Washington retiring his command at the State House, sailing, boating, fishing, the Chesapeake Bay and the Naval Academy. With Annapolis, there are many design directions to go. It would be tempting to try and replicate some colonial architecture by using specific shapes and colors, with traditional brick and stone work. Sailing is an obvious theme choice for Annapolis and most of Anne Arundel County. What is it that makes Annapolis especially unique? The U.S. Naval Academy.
Navy Theme for your Outdoor Space
A Navy theme can be very popular during football season, with the decoration and design of your deck and sunroom conducive to post-game celebrations or game-watching parties. Nautical furniture should be big and comfortable. Also on the deck or patio, an outdoor TV can be built into a wall with a bar for the avid fans. Strategically placed fencing will provide privacy for your activities.
In order to create a theme with outdoor structures, we will focus on design, materials, color, and space organization. Decor plays a strong secondary role. Some might argue that the home decor in the space is actually the primary determining factor in creating the theme. When picking a specific theme to reach for, our plan is to visually mimic the physical attributes of what you can see and touch. For a Navy theme, traditional colors such as stained wood, whites, grays, and blues are critical. When you visit the Naval Academy, you get a strong feel for the consistency of the stone architecture, even though it varies based on when the dorms, class halls, and sports complexes were built. The stone colors and masonry designs can be recreated in your outdoor space.
There are a lot of pieces to put together when basing a project on a theme. If you go with a Navy theme, please take a camera on your next trip to The Yard and get a lot of photos!
Sailing Theme for your Outdoor Space
A sailing theme can be reinforced with a combination of decorative elements such as nautical furniture, signal flags and ship wheels, with thoughtfully designed decks, patios, and landscaping that resembles the colors and shapes of yachts and flowing water. Like with a Navy theme, colors such as stained wood, whites, grays, and blues are key. Structurally, the coastal architecture to mimic would be marinas, coast guard stations, and yacht clubs. The design would focus on the open view of a real or imagined river, beach, bay or ocean. We would be creating the feeling of sailing or being near the water. Clipping photos from magazines or taking photos of local places can be fun for you and will help us better visualize what you are going for.
What will make all the difference in this theme is picking the best nautical home decor that fits your style. If you love modern sleek sailing yachts, stay away from wood and brass antiques and go with the bright flag colors, whites, blues, canvas, and stainless steel of Wednesday night racing. Traditional cruising and a love of sailing history will change the focus to wood, brass, and copper. Ship models, wooden hatch cover tables, captain’s chairs, and salvaged ship lights are a great fit for evoking the sailing ships of old. While there are many destinations online for finding this type of decor, nothing beats visiting local antique and decor retail stores here in the Annapolis area. We are lucky to have a variety of stores to pick from to see the metal and wood that is right for your space.
Maritime Theme for your Outdoor Space
Property owners near the water may want decks, fences, pergolas, arbors, and landscaping that allows for open or elevated views of rivers or the Chesapeake Bay. Nautical furniture can be placed on the deck and fishing decor can hang strategically from railings, pergolas, and fencing. There is a subtle difference between a maritime theme versus a sailing theme. A maritime look is more focused on the work that takes place on the water. Watermen ply the Bay to provide fish, oysters, and crabs for you and your neighbors. Recreational fishing and crabbing are working for fun instead of for pay. Celebrating this lifestyle can be a creative way to decorate your outdoor space.
Bayside villages feature marinas, small restaurants, and shops. A little exploration of the area will produce decor that creates the maritime feel you are going for. Some trips to the Eastern Shore will add more maritime antiques and fishing artifacts to your collection. The design we come up will be a direct reflection of how you see yourself utilizing the space. Big open decks and screened porches are most conducive to grilling fish and eating crabs. Depending on how close your neighbors are and how much privacy you crave, a screened gazebo, large patio, and tall fence may be a better choice for outdoor entertaining. No matter the design of the structures in your space, the decor you pick may have the biggest impact on the success of your theme. Strategically placed oyster tongs, colorful crab trap markers, fishing nets, and boating artifacts can be the handful of elements you need to complete the maritime theme.