Deck Designs by Archadeck - Scenic View with Dining Area

Deck Designed for Scenic View and Dining, photo by Archadeck

A well designed deck will enhance scenic views, provide a smooth transition from inside your home to the outside, and optimize your backyard regardless of the layout — at grade-level, an uneven terrain or a deep slope.

And exactly how you plan to utilize your deck will have an impact on its overall design as well.

For example, folks who anticipate frequent dining on their deck will want it designed with readily available, kitchen access.

Homeowners that enjoy evening entertaining on a deck will undoubtedly incorporate accent and safety lighting.  Gardeners may want built-in storage areas or deck planters.

But no matter what your specific preferences are for usage, all deck designs should consider transitions and access; sun, shade and lighting; size and shape.

Deck Access and Transitions

Custom Deck Designs by Archadeck with Transitions

Deck Design with Seamless Transitions, photo by Archadeck

Easy access with well-designed transitions are imperative to ensure that the deck space is appealing, functional, safe and convenient.  Smooth traffic patterns and attractive visual connections from your home to your deck, and from your deck to your backyard, are essential.

Design questions for deck access and transitions include:  Where are doors located and will they slide or swing?  Will the deck be accessible from the first floor only, or from a second floor or walkout lower level too?  If your deck is elevated, how will stairs influence the design?  Are landings necessary?  Could a spiral staircase save space in tight spots?  Are there safety considerations for elderly relatives, children or pets?

And what about a visual transition from inside to out?  Will the deck be visible from the inside of your home and if so, how will it blend with the interior space?

With our extensive experience at Archadeck, we know there are many ways to design and build a deck, or other outdoor living space, to provide ready-access with effective transitions while keeping aesthetics, safety, and convenience in mind.

St. Louis Decks and Pergolas by Archadeck - Shade and Lighting

St. Louis Decks and Pergolas by Archadeck

Sun, Shade and Lighting

Decks are obviously enjoyable on those ‘picture-perfect’ sunny, breezy days; however, with a little planning, your deck can be comfortable on other days as well… and during the evening hours too!

You’ll get ‘the biggest bang for your buck’ by optimizing your design for sun, shade and lighting.

Direct sunlight can be reduced, if necessary, with slatted pergolas, lattice screening, solid privacy walls, partial roofing, or screened-in deck areas.  On the other hand, when it’s dark outside post cap lighting and stair riser lights provides ambiance and safety for enjoying your deck after dark.

Dealing with sun, shade and lighting is a snap.  It just takes a little planning… and Archadeck can help.

Custom Deck Designs by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

Custom Deck Designs by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

Deck Size and Shape

Once we have solid ideas regarding these initial requirements, it’s time to determine the size and shape of your new deck.

Do you prefer angles, squares or rectangles…. or would you like to incorporate a curved design?

Do you prefer a small deck footprint or do envision a large structure that spans the length (or height) of your home?

These design features will certainly reflect your sense of style; however, they will also influence the cost of your deck.

So planning a perfect deck design for your home and backyard is the first important step.  Next comes material selection (which will be covered in another article).

Decks with Built-in Benches and Planters by Archadeck

Deck with Built-in Benches and Planters by Archadeck

And for these reasons, a reputable contractor like Archadeck is a powerful resource in the ‘design and build’ process to ensure your deck is attractive, functional and safe, complementing your lifestyle and your budget adding years of enjoyment and value to your property.

If you live in the St. Louis, Mo area give us a ring, 636.227.0800 and schedule a no-cost, on-site estimate for your ideal deck or other outdoor space.

And be sure to visit our website, to view hundreds of photos of our completed projects throughout the St. Louis region — St. Louis County, South County, West County, St. Charles County, St. Charles and portions of Illinois too.

If you live outside of Greater St. Louis, simply go to, type in your zip code and you’ll find other Archadeck locations.

Sources:  On Board – The Blog from Fiberon, Better Homes and Gardens, This Old House, Archadeck Outdoor Living