|The Basics of Deck Design|
|When it comes to designing your new deck you need to take into consideration the architectural style of your new home, the contour of your land, zoning restrictions and codes, and any additional landscaping features, like large trees and rocks and lakes or ponds.|
|All Decked Out: The Latest Trends|
|As homeowners continue to enhance their outdoor living space with outdoor amenities like kitchens, fireplaces, furnished living rooms and spas, the deck is becoming a major design factor, particularly when building a new home. Since most people spend most of their day at work, school or in their home, they want another place to go and unwind or have fun. That new place is their backyard and what better way to enjoy all the same great amenities you have indoors than to design an outdoor living space on a customized deck. |
|Types of Decking Material to Consider|
|Once you have designed your deck, now it's time to decide what material you will use to build your deck. Should you use pressure-treated wood, cedar, exotic wood or manufactured materials like plastic and composite? Here is some helpful information about the different materials available to you, so you can build your dream deck:|
A one-story home would probably look best with a low, platform-style deck. Such a simple deck would look out of place on a large, two-story home. There, a multilevel deck with interesting overheads, such as a pergola or arbor would help keep the design in proportion and enhance your outdoor living space. First, decide what you want from your outdoor living space - kitchen, dining area, spa retreat, sun deck - and design a deck that accommodates all these features.