You can design your deck into virtually anything that you want. However, there are a few basic elements that you need to keep in mind to ensure a proper design. Here are the basic elements of good deck design.
While decks are generally built long after the house, a well-designed deck should blend in, not stand out like a sore thumb. In other words, it needs continuity. One of the first things you should consider when planning your deck design is cues like color and material. Certain architectural styles may have patterns, motifs or ornamentation that you can work into the deck design. Using a same or similar color palette as the house exterior can also be a good design starting point.
Decking can affect foot traffic through your home, which can be an important consideration when you need to direct it where you want it or, more importantly, where you don’t want it. This means you’ll want to have your deck away from private areas, keeping it in parts of your home that you want to showcase. You’ll probably want to have a viewing platform in a spot with a great view, or where you’re comfortable hosting backyard gatherings. Railings can help keep guests away from areas where landscaping may otherwise get trampled.
Decks can be way more than just platforms. Think about how you and your family would like to enjoy the outdoors. If you love having summer barbecues, you’ll want to have an outdoor kitchen, with a permanent grill, a refrigerator, and a service area. If you enjoy watching movies outdoors, you’ll want a projector setup and a decent sound system with some weatherproofing.
Don’t skimp on the deck framing, especially when you intend to put furniture and have many people on it at any given time. Strong deck framing is probably the most expensive part of a deck, but it’s also the most crucial. The last thing you want is the deck collapsing at the most inopportune moment.
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