Wood decks are a great way to enhance the natural beauty of your home while making your house appear larger and increasing usable outdoor living space. But, when it comes to choosing a deck style, how do you decide?
There are several styles of decks to choose from — depending on the layout of your property, one of these styles of decks will help make the most of your yard!
A ground level deck, also known as a “patio deck,” provides the simplest way of expanding living space outdoors. Attached to the house or freestanding, these decks are particularly effective in providing usable space over damp, rocky or uneven terrain. In fact, these decks are known to be the most versatile as they can be built on most any landscape. If attached to the house, ground level decks can provide easy indoor/outdoor access for you and your guests. Shallow pools, hot tubs, planters or gazebos can be integrated into this deck space. Most people forget that a deck does not need to be attached to a house – rather, it can be its own space in a landscape, and a ground level deck is a great way to do that.
If you struggle to take full advantage of your yard due to sloped or uneven terrain, a raised wood deck can extend your livable area. Terraced wood decks are perfect for jagged, bumpy or hilly land as they provide steps down from house to ground level in an easy and beautiful descent. Raised decks are usually 30 inches or higher off the ground and, more often than not, are built off of the kitchen for easy access to grills and outdoor seating.
You don’t need to have a yard to enjoy a wood deck. If you live in a city where living space is at a premium, a roof deck can help add square footage to your home while also letting you spend time outdoors – and, if you’re lucky, enjoy a beautiful view. Just be sure to work with a reputable contractor when building a roof deck, as you will need to know exactly how to put weight on the roof.
To decide where to build your deck, ask yourself what you want to use this space for and envision your ideal design. Try building a deck off of your kitchen if you’re envisioning summer barbeques. If you’re looking for a space to entertain, decide how many seats you will need on the deck to determine the size.
Building a deck properly takes some planning so be sure to get a building permit. If you have any questions about building your deck safely, it pays to get a professional opinion. At the end of the day, this deck will become part of your daily routine and will be an extension of your home. So make sure to enjoy it!
Mark knows more about tools than anyone has a right to know. With his wife Theresa, Mark hosts the popular MyFixitUpLife talk show, is the general contractor for Food Network’s ‘Save My Bakery,’ and has been a project manager for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and expert guest on PBS, DIY Network, Discovery Channel, A&E, NBC’s The 10! Show, Good Day Philadelphia, and other national radio and TV programs.