Your deck is more than just an addition to your home. It’s where you gather with friends for a BBQ, lay in the sun to catch some rays, read a book in the shade, and make memories for years to come. The design of your deck should be functional for your home, and the design should complement your existing structures.
Choosing a design for your deck can be an overwhelming task, and much will depend on the size and features of your property. If you’re ready to add a deck onto your home or replace an existing deck, here are a few deck designs you should consider.
The Attached Deck
An attached deck is different from a patio in that it’s made from wood or wood composite decking materials rather than concrete. It’s also slightly raised versus ground level and accents an L-shaped or U-shaped house nicely.
It’s easy to add an overhead roof or canopy to an attached deck for extra shade to provide additional living and entertaining space.
The Detached Deck
With a detached deck, there is no limit to keeping your space up against your house. Instead, it’s designed more like an island and can be put anywhere on your property. Typically it includes stairs or a pathway leading up to this type of deck.
If you have an area on your property with poor drainage or uneven terrain, you can build a detached deck over these unsightly and otherwise unusable spots. Landscaping is an easy way to dress up a detached deck as bushes and flowers look great around the deck’s edges.
The Wraparound Deck
Few features are more romantic on a home than that old-fashioned wraparound porch. A wraparound deck is very similar but acts more like an extension of the living space of your home.
Wraparound decks tend to be a bit larger and go out further from the house than a porch. When you open the access doors, they improve air circulation in the home and provide you with sun or shade throughout the day.
Rooftop/Over Garage Deck
If you have a flat roof over your home or garage, a rooftop deck is an excellent option, especially if you don’t have a back yard or don’t have a lot of privacy in your yard.
Rooftop/over garage decks give you beautiful views of sunrises, sunsets, and the rest of your surroundings while not sacrificing privacy. They’re also a great place to cool off in the evening as higher elevations tend to be more breezy.
Before building a rooftop deck, you will need to ensure that the design is safe for the structure and engineering of your home so that it will be stable.
A Multi-Tier Deck
If you have a large property or your property has drastic changes in elevation, a multi-tier or two-story deck is a great option. The multiple layers of your deck connect through steps or paths built into steeper terrain or rocky landscaping.
A multi-tier deck allows you to maximize your space and create distinct entertaining areas on each level. The beautiful design adds a strong visual appeal to your property.
Hire a Decking Expert
Installing a deck is a great way to expand your living space while adding value to your home. However, the types of deck designs and different decking materials can make the process time-consuming and confusing.
If you’re unsure where to get started, contact us today for a free estimate and expert advice on building your new deck!