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Building Better Decks: Design

By Lawrence Winterburn

This is part 3 of 4 from our series: Building Better Decks

Once you have lived in a home for a year or more, you tend to lose context of what is possible. Try your best to start from scratch. If you already have a deck, imagine it isn’t there. Imagine there is no entrance to the back of the home and no existing plants or trees. Try to picture what the yard would look like if the grade was higher, lower or stepped.

Consider non-symmetrical curves or non-traditional shapes. Don’t limit yourself—imagine the perfect deck, one that would exceed your wildest expectations. Questions you should ask yourself include:
● Where should the entrance to the deck be ideally located?
● Should there be one, two or three doors leading to the deck?
● Do I want sliding patio, French or terrace doors?
● Do I want to include a pool, hot tub, shade structures, lighting or an outdoor kitchen as part of the deck?

When it comes to determining size, consider how you will use the deck—for example, how many people do you typically have at parties? Allow for a minimum of 25 square feet per person.



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