Rustic Style Deck in St. Louis by Archadeck

Rustic Style Deck in St. Louis by Archadeck

In our last post, “What makes a deck design, contemporary?” we discussed specific characteristics of contemporary style.

So today, let’s highlight the realm of ‘rustic’ architecture for your deck, screened porch or other outdoor living space by Archadeck.

Years ago, The National Park Service began to design buildings to stand-out and blend-in with a park’s environment.

The term was dubbed  ‘Parkitecture’.  And this style of architecture is now known as ‘rustic’.  Clever.

Rustic Screened Porch with Modern Amenities by Archadeck

Rustic Screened Porch with Modern Amenities by Archadeck

Style-wise, the hallmark of traditional rustic genre is simple:  synthesize native surroundings with man-made structures using wood, stone and metal within the design.

Think of images from Montana or ‘The Old West’, iconic wilderness scenes or the décor of a great mountain lodge built from logs and knotty pine.  ‘Cabin-y.’

The impression is somewhat masculine, unfinished, and rough in appearance.  The use of dark or light wood, stonework and splashes of neutral, warm or soft color is common.

But contractors may also incorporate a modern-day ‘shabby-chic’ flair into a rustic deck or porch design.

Modern Rustic Deck Furniture by Berlin Gardens

Modern Rustic Deck Furniture by Berlin Gardens

This can be accomplished with state-of-the-art conveniences for contemporary outdoor living as well as with brightly colored furniture or accents.

Today’s amenities include electrical access, ceiling fans, lighting and low maintenance building materials.

The theme with modern-rustic is ‘back-to-nature’ with plenty of present-day fashion and comfort.

Other rustic deck and porch design ideas include:

  • Natural or raw woods; rich in tone and texture; limited varnish or paint
  • Square posts with a thickness in rails and beams; massive presence; often gnarled or picket balusters
  • Dramatically pitched rooflines; exposed trusses; cathedral or vaulted ceilings
  • Stone and metal accents; no glass; native wood
  • Color palettes with earthy elements; sometimes colorful mixes
  • Understated seating; often benches; built in planters

Structures are always built with a respect for the environment, preservation of existing trees and scenic views.

Rustic Cedar Deck with Metal Balusters, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Rustic Cedar Deck with Metal Balusters, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Key Takeaways:

A deck or porch with a rustic design blends into its natural setting with an organic appearance using wood, metal and stone in dark or light tones and soft, neutral, or sometimes bright, color accents.

In many ways, rustic is similar to and overlaps with ‘country’ décor.  But a modern or ‘chic-rustic’ outdoor space will add plenty of current style and conveniences too.

Rustic architecture for outdoor spaces is a favorite among St. Louis homeowners to integrate their deck or porch with the landscape.  With the right construction plan, ‘just a little piece of the green earth’ will blend into the design, making it suitable for many types of outdoor spaces and budgets.

What’s next?

Modern Rustic Deck by Archadeck, Low Maintenance Composite and Metal Balusters

Modern Rustic Deck by Archadeck, Low Maintenance Composite and Metal Balusters

If you’d like to explore adding an outdoor space for your St. Louis home, just visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com to view all different types of deck, porch, pergola and gazebo projects for customers throughout the region.

Pick up the phone and give us a call with questions or to schedule a free, in-home, on-site estimate – 636.227.0800.

We’re conveniently located in St. Louis West County, so we can set an appointment for an in-office meeting when you’re ready to finalize your project’s details!

To learn more about the Archadeck brand, read About Us on this blog, or visit archadeck.com to find other offices, nationwide.

Sources and Citations:

SFgate Home Guides, New York Times, National Park Service, USA Today, Apartment Therapy, Midwest Living, Dwell, Pinterest, Archadeck in Columbus, Berlin Gardens, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio

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