A well designed and implemented deck project incorporates the intended function of the outdoor structure alongside superb design techniques.

Sound complicated?  Well, let’s break it down.

Under Deck Room for Deck in St. Louis West County by Archadeck

Under Deck Room for Deck in St. Louis West County by Archadeck

An experienced deck contractor will take into account existing spaces — in their entirety, both inside and out – to develop the absolute best design-fit for your needs and for your budget.

A terrific example of thoughtful architecture is evident in custom, multilevel deck designs that ‘open-up’ both home and yard to an outdoor living space and to each other.

Key design features for a deck with several levels:

Multilevel Deck, Wide Stairs, Partial Railing, photo by TimberTech

Multilevel Deck, Wide Stairs, Partial Railing, photo by TimberTech

1.  Wide deck steps are desirable if the deck is designed at grade-level.  Broad steps are unrestricted and stylish, enhancing traffic flow to-and-from the deck.

One, two or three steps between the deck levels invite area definitions – a spot for sitting back, a spot for chatting or a spot for grilling and eating.

2.  If however, you have a two story home, staircases that move gracefully between deck levels are important.

With proper deck staircase design, the spaces will provide a flowing connection to the backyard without appearing fragmented or disjointed.  And without causing foot-traffic gridlock!

3.  Take notice of the sun’s position at various times of the day, relative to the deck building site.  Many customers choose to have both sunny and shady deck areas for style, comfort and convenience.

Multilevel, Two Story Deck with Pergola, St. Louis West County by Archadeck

Multilevel, Two Story Deck with Pergola, St. Louis West County by Archadeck

If your home is a two story home, then a shade pergola for the upper deck is logical.

Or an under deck ceiling can be added to keep the lower deck completed shaded, yet dry.

If your deck is grade level but with subtle level changes, then a shade pergola can be added to most any area of the deck.

4.  If you’d also like protection from the wind or simply to have more privacy, a multilevel deck can easily incorporate privacy rails or walls for parts or all of your decking areas.

Multilevel Deck with Gazebo Enclosure, photo by Archadeck

Multilevel Deck with Gazebo Enclosure, photo by Archadeck

And for the utmost protection from direct sun, rain, wind and added privacy, consider overhead protection and screens for a porch enclosure, screened-in gazebo or other outdoor room for your deck.

So if you’re interested in adding a multilevel deck design to your home, consider reaching out to Archadeck.  We specialize in designing and building decks, screened porches, pergolas and other outdoor living structures as well.

If you live in the Greater St. Louis area, visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com to see pictures of our completed projects all-around-town.  There’s also a convenient, online inquiry form on the home page.

Or phone us anytime, 636-227-0800 to schedule a free estimate.

If you live outside of the St. Louis and surrounding area, visit archadeck.com for an office near you.

Other Sources:  Archadeck Outdoor Living, Beautiful Backyard Blog, TimberTech

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