Decks with Gazebos by Archadeck

Deck with Open Gazebo by Archadeck

There are specific guiding principles for designing a deck, screened porch, pergola, gazebo or any other type of outdoor space.

Any deck design process should include project definition, project features, choices of materials, color selection, and building site selection.

Other details include:


The space should be easily accessible from home and yard with attention to traffic flow for stairs, doorways and entrances.

Cedar Deck with White Vinyl Shade Pergola by Archadeck

Cedar Deck with White Vinyl Shade Pergola by Archadeck


Consider the sun, shade, and wind as well as sound buffers and visual access to pleasant views.


A deck, screened in porch or gazebo should provide a sense of privacy and intimacy.


The size of your new outdoor structure should be proportional to the space available and the function served.


Your deck, screen porch, pergola or gazebo should complement the existing setting — in style and scope — creating a unified ‘look’ with the house and backyard.

But building a deck, and other outdoor spaces, should include a splash of creativity.

At Archadeck, our construction techniques are mandated across the entire Archadeck network to ensure solid craftsmanship, often exceeding building and safety codes.  Yet, we strive for beautiful, functional, affordable, convenient and creative deck designs too!  After all, outdoor living spaces, just like indoor living spaces, express your individuality and lifestyle.

Square Gazebo and Wood Deck by Archadeck

Square Gazebo and Wood Deck by Archadeck

We are able to ‘invent within the rules’, considering ‘the big picture’ as well as the details to ensure your project complements your home, fits your lifestyle and pocketbook.

So, last but not least…


Uniqueness can be achieved with design features such as deck board designs and color changes, decorative railings, balusters and stairs, or by adding ‘contrast’ through shapes — diagonals, curves, or squares.

Tigerwood Hardwood Decks in Cheaterfield Mo by Archadeck

Tigerwood Hardwood Deck in Chesterfield, Mo by Archadeck

Accessibility, comfort, privacy, size, unity, and creativity are all important for a stunning deck design.

Visit our website, Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County for deck pictures, deck ideas and deck designs as well as other outdoor living structures.

Archadeck is America’s #1 deck designer and deck builder.  We serve areas throughout metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis County, West County, St. Charles and St. Charles County.

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Sources:  Archadeck Outdoor Living, Beautiful Backyard Blog