3 Types of Deck Design Ideas To Consider This Summer

When remodeling your Marietta home this summer there are numerous types of decks to consider depending on your landscape, style, and of course, your budget. When you hire a pro, the key to success is factoring in all the critical design issues, picking the right material for your budget, climate, and lifestyle, and building a structure that will stand the test of time.

Before reaching out to a quality marietta contractor, first ask yourself, “What Will You Do On Your Deck?” Add an extra 4 feet around the seating area to ensure everyone will be able to walk around. Also, don’t forget to add extra area for a food prepping station and serving area. Adding perimeter seating is also great for cocktail parties and will serve as a great conversation seating area for your guests.

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Platform Deck
A platform deck is a simple deck, usually used on a level lot or with a ranch-style home. Being so close to the ground, they definitely need a good pressure treated lumber with many coats of a protective sealer prior to installation or a wood composite to protect it from the elements. With these types, the railing is usually decorative instead of a necessity, and usually used as a way to add some built in benches for seating.

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Raised Deck
A raised deck with steps is what you need if your main level of the home is above grade. Rails are necessary for safety reasons, but are also decorative. They’re held up by exposed foundation posts, but can be concealed with plants or lattice.

If your lot is not flat, or your back door isn’t terribly close to the ground, a multi-level deck is a great option. The decks usually a combination of a lower raised deck and a platform deck connected with stairs and can accent different features of the yard, like a shaded area by the door for relaxing or socializing and a lower area in direct sunlight for your flowers or water feature. These are also great for gazebos and pergolas.

 

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Freestanding and Pergola Deck
A pergola is a structure with an open roof of girders and cross rafters, sometimes outfitted with climbing plants to increase shade. Pergolas are rapidly gaining in popularity and sometimes featured with an outdoor fireplace with chimney and lounge seating. Pergolas also serve as a great area to add your dream outdoor kitchen like the one featured here.

Pergolas and gazebos also go hand in hand with freestanding decks. These decks are not attached to the house and usually will highlight a particularly beautiful part of your yard.

Renovating your deck is a large undertaking and should only be handled by a quality, reputable professional contractor. Planning ahead will ensure your deck remodeling project is completed on time and you’ll be sure to fall in love with your home all over again.

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