New TimberTech Legacy Decking shown in Tigerwood, photo by TimberTech

New Earthwood Evolutions Legacy Line in Tigerwood, photo by TimberTech

In the world of outdoor living, there are always — always! — cool new products that add plenty of pizzazz to a deck or other structure.

So when it comes to creating a project that’s not only functional but has great-looks too, design details and accessories make all the difference.

Absolutely – all the difference!

And an experienced contractor will help you ‘think outside the box’ when it comes to the accessories that will ‘work’ — from both a construction standpoint and from an ‘Oh Wow’ standpoint.

So just don’t forget those oh-so-important ‘finishing’ details.

At Archadeck, remembering (and managing) the ‘details’ is our job and here are a few examples.

Decking Patterns

Deckorators Deck Stones, photo by Deckorators

Deckorators Deck Stones, photo by Deckorators

Planks are the base surface of the deck floor; however, these boards can be used to create geometric or color patterns.

Patterns will define spaces, add dimension and create plenty of visual interest.

Take this patterning concept one step further with products like deck stones from Deckorators or new deck pavers from AZEK.

Multiple Materials

Some folks prefer a ‘uniform look’ for their deck and subsequently choose matching floor boards, railing and balusters.  This undifferentiated building technique configures a sleek design with a minimalist flare.

Deckorators Ornamental Covers for Deck Posts, photo by Deckorators

Deckorators Ornamental Covers for Deck Posts, photo by Deckorators

Other homeowners prefer to mix and match materials for a totally unique style.

When material diversity is done-right it looks really terrific.

Some words of wisdom, though.

It’s usually best to let the pro’s help-out with this aspect of deck design to avoid an outdoor space that appears to have a ‘hodge-podge’ effect.

Trimming out the Posts and Beams

With St. Louis topography, most of our deck projects are elevated to some degree and require railing for building safety codes.  But that doesn’t mean rails and posts can’t be designed in a way to add plenty of style.

There are a hundred ways to add decorative detail.  From deck lighting to post caps and wraps, accessories are abundant.  No need for drab here.

Smart Steps and Rails

Two Toned Deck, White Pergola, Black Balusters and Screened Porch by Archadeck

Two Toned Deck, White Pergola, Black Balusters and Screened Porch by Archadeck

Deck railing, steps and stairs should be ‘smart’.

‘Smart’ as in safely built with a logical design for access and traffic flow.

‘Smart’ as in stylish, too!

Stairs and railing with safety gates, handrails or lighting are ideal for safety.

But width, angles, color changes, materials and ambiance lighting are a fool-proof way to guarantee an impressive design.

So as you can see, many of the best deck design attributes are found in the accessorized features and details including floor patterns, construction materials and railing or stairs.

Talk to Archadeck about your style and we’ll come up with a great overall plan including those important details and accessories.

If you live in the St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas, give Archadeck a call 636.227.0800 or visit our website, Outside of St. Louis go to for the location finder.

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