The third deck design discussed in our recent post, The 5 Most Popular Deck Designs Explained, is the multilevel deck.

Let’s dive a little deeper into the details.

Multilevel Decks by Archadeck

Multilevel Decks by Archadeck

Multilevel decks are a fan favorite for their good-looks and affordability.

Versatile, useful and oh-so-attractive, the multilevel deck is ideal for overcoming slight dips or steep slopes in your yard.  With a distinct advantage over patios, deck contractors use framing and steps for a design that flows seamlessly with the natural landscape.

Spacious Deck with Levels by Archadeck

Spacious Deck with Levels by Archadeck

Yes.  This can be accomplished with a patio too.  But patios built on sloping land require retaining walls.  And retaining walls can become cost-prohibitive or visually unappealing for many homeowners.  A beautiful deck constructed with levels, easily conquers uneven terrain in an attractive and budget-friendly way. Read the rest of this entry »

In our article posted earlier this month, The 5 Most Popular Deck Designed Explained, we reviewed five design categories — platform, raised, multi-level, two story and screened-in decks.

Today, let’s dig a little deeper into the raised deck.

Raised Decks by Archadeck

Raised Decks by Archadeck

But what exactly IS a raised deck?

A raised deck is the most common type of deck design.  Why?  Well, the foundation of most homes puts the main-floor several feet above grade-level; thus, the deck needs to be elevated, requiring rails for safety and stairs for backyard access. Read the rest of this entry »

In our recent post, The 5 Most Popular Deck Designed Explained, we reviewed five design categories — platform, raised, multi-level, two story and screened-in decks.  Today, let’s look more closely at the platform deck.

Wooden Platform Decks by Archadeck

Wooden Platform Decks by Archadeck

What exactly is a platform deck?

Well, a platform deck is a rather simple structure that’s designed and built just a few inches off the ground.  It is also referred to as a grade-level, ground-level, or low-level deck; patio deck or floating deck.  Whichever label you use, the hallmark of this design is a deck that’s raised, ever-so-slightly, creating a structure to bridge-the-gap between your home and your backyard.

Low-to-Grade Hardwood Deck with a Level Change by  Archadeck

Low-to-Grade Hardwood Deck with a Level Change by Archadeck

As either a detached or attached structure to your home, this deck — though less complicated structurally when compared to an elevated deck — is ideal for customization.  And here are five easy tips for a fabulous platform deck. Read the rest of this entry »

Just like the interior of your home, you have choices when it comes to each-and-every component of your outdoor space.

And it’s those collection of elements which will ultimately determine the overall style, maintenance needs and bottom-line costs of an outdoor living project.

Screened Porch with Knee Wall Railing by Archadeck

Screened Porch with Knee Wall Railing by Archadeck

Railing is no exception.  Rails will properly ‘frame’ your outdoor space, reflecting aesthetics while providing plenty of character. Read the rest of this entry »

Are you thinking about adding a new deck or replacing an old one?  If so, are you wondering which type of deck design is practical, functional, attractive and most befitting your home and property?

Well, let’s begin by explaining the five most popular deck designs, from simple-to-elaborate and everything-in-between.

Platform Deck

A platform deck — also referred to as a low deck, grade-level deck, ground-level deck, patio deck or floating deck — is designed and built a few inches off the ground.  Simply put, it’s a (slightly!) elevated space to enjoy your backyard.

Detached Platform Deck with Pergola by Archadeck

Detached Platform Deck with Pergola by Archadeck

Low level decks are often attached to your home; however, a detached structure might work well too.  Some have railings.  Some don’t have rails.  And some use a bench in lieu of rails to help define the deck’s perimeter and provide seating as well. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s summer which means it’s time to get outdoors for grilling, dining, lounging and more!  So what’s stopping you?

Backyard Deck for Lounging, Grilling, Dining, by Archadeck

Backyard Deck for Lounging, Grilling, Dining, by Archadeck

Is your existing drab deck or plain patio preventing you from actually using your outdoor space?

Or is the problem bigger?

Is your backyard a barren wasteland and unconducive for lounging or entertaining… at all?

Well, you’ve come to the right place to either ‘fix-the-old’ or ‘design-the-new’ when it comes to outdoor living.

Let’s begin with some simple solutions to upgrade an existing deck or patio. Read the rest of this entry »

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