Contempoary Deck with Pergola by Archadeck

Contempoary Deck with Pergola by Archadeck

Every home has a particular style.  In fact, most homes have characteristics of more than one architectural genre.

And the features of a ‘contemporary’ home are uniquely distinct.

So if your house has contemporary elements, inside or out, your outdoor spaces should follow-suit with a comparable design flow.

Which leads us to the topic for today’s post:  “What makes a deck design, contemporary?”

Contemporary Deck Design by Archadeck

Contemporary Deck Design by Archadeck

The absolute best way to design and build a contemporary deck is by keeping both ‘simplicity’ and ‘drama’ in mind.

I know.  I know.  Combining “simplicity’ AND ‘drama’ sounds like an oxymoron.

And to further muddy the waters, the term ‘contemporary’ is somewhat subjective and is a very broad reference.  But as a classification, there’s an undeniable visual idiosyncrasy that simply shouts ‘contemporary’ architecture.

Examples include:

Contemporary Deck by Archadeck

Contemporary Deck by Archadeck

  • Bold geometric shapes that are pronounced; sometimes irregular and asymmetrical; chic.
  • Clear horizontal and vertical lines softened by curves; sometimes slim, thin or ‘flat’ in dimension or sometimes tall and irregular.
  • Little-to-no-embellishment or ornamentation; a tell-tale, intentional simplicity.
  • Striking form and composition; sleek, open and well-connected to the outdoors.
  • Natural-looking building materials, often wood, mixed with glass and metal.
  • Neutral color palette relying on white, cream, brown, taupe and gray, usually combined with splashes of bold color.
  • Tranquil, sustainable and eco friendly; ‘green’ elements ie. solar lighting; ‘right-sized’ and efficient.
Contempory Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis

Contempory Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis

Key takeaways:

Contemporary outdoor spaces such as backyard decks, are visually striking.

Noticeable features include a focus on the basics – clean lines, shape and form with easy movement including curvatures.

The overall style is natural and neutral; yet intense color may be introduced in deck railing, plants, furniture cushions, pillows or outdoor rugs to create a striking focal-point.

Contemporary decks come in all different shapes and sizes yet there are identifiable, uniquely distinctive qualities with a stylish look, all their own.

Next steps?

Low Maintenance Decking with Glass Balusters by Archadeck in St. Louis, Mo

Low Maintenance Decking with Glass Balusters by Archadeck in St. Louis, Mo

If you’re interested in adding a deck, screened porch or other outdoor space to your home, choosing a reputable contractor is the key to a successful project.

If you reside in the metropolitan St. Louis area, please consider Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County.

Call us 636.227.0800.

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Last but not least, if you’re unfamiliar with the Archadeck brand, read ‘About Us’ on this blog for highlights.  Outside of St. Louis?  Visit for a location near you.

Contemporary Deck with Cable Rails by Archadeck

Contemporary Deck with Cable Rails by Archadeck

Sources and Citations:

Realtor Mag, Kiplingers, Zillow Digs, How Stuff Works,, SFgate Home Guides, HGTV

Archadeck Outdoor Living, Beautiful Backyard Blog, Loving Outdoor Living e-mag by Archadeck, Archadeck in Austin Texas, Central, Coastal and Westchester Archadecks in Connecticut