Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis West County, Colonial Spindle Rails

Traditional Style Deck by Archadeck in St. Louis, Colonial Rails with Low Maintenance Decking

In our previous two posts, we discussed both ‘contemporary’ and ‘rustic’ architecture and the type of deck or porch designs to best complement those styles.

Today, let’s highlight ‘traditional’ homes with a few suggestions for integrative deck, screened porch or front porch features.

For starters, the real estate industry reports that traditional homes with large porches, front columns and gables are making a comeback among homeowners.  Why?

Probably because things that are truly traditional, stand-the-test-of-time and never go out of style.  So a ‘traditional’ motif isn’t ‘trendy’ but it is ‘trending’ in 2014!  Interesting huh?

Traditional Screened Porch Design by Archadeck

Traditional Screened Porch Design by Archadeck with Gable Roof

Most folks think of Colonial or Cape Cod homes as traditional but the term is rather broad and can embody more than one architectural genre.

This historic styling can also be found in modern-day neo-traditional homes, in ‘low-key Victorian’ houses and brick-ranches too.

I know.  It’s confusing.

Nonetheless, when Archadeck customers consider a deck or porch addition for their house, certain design features simply work best to complete an overall traditional look.

Examples include:

Front Porch by Archadeck for a Traditional Colonial House

Front Porch by Archadeck for a Traditional Colonial House, Square Columns

  • Stately, spacious and comfortable; clean and classic lines
  • Often symmetrical with minimal embellishment
  • Multilevel decks; often two-stories to match the height of the home
  • Full front porch or small decorative crown over an entrance
  • Screened porch roofs with a steep pitch; one or more gables; sometimes flared eaves
  • Structures with rounded or square columns; somewhat formal
  • Railings with spindles; decorative post caps – lantern, hammered metal, glass, stained glass
  • Endearing historic palettes or new color-combos influenced by the era too; rich and warm earthy tones; shades of reds, blues, yellows, greens
Low Maintenance Deck, Vinyl Rails and Pergola with Rounded Columns by Archadeck

Low Maintenance Deck, Vinyl Rails and Pergola with Rounded Columns by Archadeck

Key Takeaways:

Present-day residential architecture is often inspired by homes of the past such as Colonial or Cape Cod designs.

Outdoor structures can be built to blend-in with an existing home’s architecture by borrowing from these same design elements: a roof with gables, rounded pillars, spindle railings and color selection.

One important difference:  21st century structures are built with modern materials like vinyl and composites.  In this way, cutting-edge ‘trends’ can meet ‘tradition’ with a properly designed and constructed deck, screened porch or front porch by an experienced contractor like Archadeck.

Next steps:

AZEK PVC Decking and TimberTech Rails by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

AZEK PVC Decking and TimberTech Rails by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

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Sources and Citations: Yahoo, DIY,, MSN Real Estate, Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, Bob Villa, Huffington Post, Benjamin More’s Williamsburg Color Collection, This Old House, Deckorators, Archadeck in Chicago, Archadeck in Columbus, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio