Smaller Ipe Deck by Archadeck

Smaller Ipe Deck by Archadeck with Grilling Zone and Built in Benches

Face it.

Some residential backyards simply come with constraints.

Maybe your lot is small or awkwardly arranged.

Possibly you have a larger lawn but it’s filled with landscaping, a flower or vegetable garden or a backyard pool.

Perhaps you own an acre or two, but the land is sloped and heavily wooded with only a smidgeon of actual grassy area.

Does it seem as if there’s ‘little-to-no’ leftover room?

In actuality, your backyard may not be hopeless when it comes to having adequate space for a terrific deck addition.

Deck in Wildwood Mo, St. Louis West County by Archadeck

Deck in Wildwood Mo, St. Louis West County by Archadeck

Today’s custom building methods can salvage your yard, eke-out space and then jazz-up your real estate, no matter the size.  With certain design techniques, a deck with a smaller footprint can deliver big results.

So when it comes to small decks, an experienced contractor like Archadeck will design a structure to best suit your day-to-day lifestyle and flatter any backyard layout, including one with limitations.

In other words, even if the outdoor space seems small, it doesn’t mean that a small deck can’t be generous, impressive AND practical.

Deck by Archadeck with Levels, Floor Pattern and Bench Seating

Deck by Archadeck with Levels, Floor Pattern and Bench Seating

A deck (or a screened porch) is truly an extension of a house and a continuation of the landscape, establishing a connection from the house to the deck and from the deck to the yard.

It should flow easily from each and every direction.

Thus, the first priority is to ensure that the new outdoor space maintains proper scale while providing a natural-looking addition from the inside, out.

Other smart ideas to make the most of modest square footage include:

Levels – Deck surface changes or a second elevation add dimension and space to a smaller deck.

Activity Zones -Designated deck sections for conversation, grilling and dining or for a corner spa create mini outdoor ‘rooms’.

Two Story Composite Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis

Two Story Composite Deck with Privacy Walls, by Archadeck in St. Louis

Details – Design details such a outdoor lighting, floor board patterns, curved rails, deck skirting or privacy walls are significant features too.

Nonetheless, small spaces need to keep the ‘clutter’ to a minimum.  Aim for ‘just enough’.

Storage – Hidden storage areas can be offered on the deck or possibly under a deck.

Built-ins – Built-in seating and planters can be efficiently incorporated into the railing design.

Multilevel Deck Designs by Archadeck

Multilevel Deck Design by Archadeck with Built in Planters

Finishing Touches – Make certain the space is comfortable and inviting with plantings, comfy furniture, and colorful textiles too.

If you’re interested in learning more about adding a deck, screened porch, pergola, gazebo or other outdoor space to your home, please consider speaking with Archadeck.

In St. Louis, we’re located in the West County area and serve the entire metropolitan region including St. Charles, St. Charles County and portions of Illinois.  You can give us a call anytime, 636.227.0800 or visit our website, to see hundreds of our completed projects for homeowners in and around St. Louis.

If you live outside of St. Louis, Missouri, go to and simply key-in your zip code to find a location near you.

Sources:  Bob Villa, BHG, HGTV, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Beautiful Backyard Blog, Outdoor Living Brands

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