Ok.  We’re almost done with the series of deeper-dive posts for The 5 Most Popular Deck Designs Explained.  Two-story decks are #4.

So, what ARE the benefits of a two-story designFirst and foremost, a two-story deck will complement any two-story home, regardless of your yard layout.

Two-Story Cedar Deck, Chesterfield Mo, by Archadeck in St. Louis

Two-Story Cedar Deck, Chesterfield Mo, by Archadeck in St. Louis

If your lot has a steep slope, your terrain challenge is solved.

And if your property is level, well you’ve just doubled your outdoor space in the footprint of one.

Two-Story Deck by Archadeck

Two-Story Deck by Archadeck

Second,  a two-story deck ties your home’s interior spaces — from each-and-every level — to the outdoors.

No more running up-and-down the stairs, indoors, just to find an outdoor access point.  With a two-story deck you can head outside and to the backyard from any floor of the house.

Large, Two-Story Deck with Screen Porch by Archadeck

Large, Two-Story Deck with Screen Porch by Archadeck

The top deck can be designed as a small, intimate balcony for sunbathing, star-gazing or bistro dining; or be built as a larger outdoor space for entertaining, cooking and barbeques.  Whether modest or massive, the upper deck is ideal for enjoying a scenic view.

Two-Story Balcony Deck by Archadeck

Two-Story Balcony Deck by Archadeck

Lower deck floors can be used as a shaded play area for the kids, for a hot tub or as a quiet reading nook.

Two-Story Deck with Underdeck Ceiling by Archadeck

Two-Story Deck with Underdeck Ceiling by Archadeck

No matter the function, both levels of a two-story deck should have complementary styles, foster a connected layout and create an attractive easy flow from the inside, out.

Second Story Deck Leading to First Floor Deck by Archadeck

Second Story Deck Leading to First Floor Deck by Archadeck

Third, the label ‘two-story deck’ can be limiting and here’s where definitions can get a little tricky.  Nonetheless, there are endless possibilities and wonderful opportunities for crossover designs.

For example, the upper level of a two-story deck is, by definition, an ‘elevated’ deck.  The lowest level of a two-story deck might also qualify as a ‘platform’ deck.  Both the lower and upper deck surfaces could incorporate a level change or a screened-in area.

So as you can see, a two-story deck is not always JUST a two-story deck.  Or maybe it is!  It depends…

Two-Story Decks by Archadeck

Two-Story Decks by Archadeck

Two-Story Deck with Level Change and Spiral Stairs by Archadeck

Two-Story Deck with Level Change and Spiral Stairs by Archadeck

Fourth, there are a couple of other considerations for two-story decks:  the stairs and the under-deck.

The stairs:  Decks with more than one level will need stairs to direct traffic to-and-from each floor and to the backyard.  The design possibilities are abundant.

One Step To A Fabulous Deck is an older but relevant article that provides a concise explanation about deck stairs.  Check it out!

Large Two-Story Deck in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Large Two-Story Deck in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

The under-deck:  The sheer weight of the structural posts required to support a two-story deck can create a challenge.  Why?  Tall pressure treated deck posts, left unembellished, can be less than attractive.

But there are options:  camaflague the exposed posts with decorative coverings or build-out the lower level deck with a storage room or screen porch.

Design Rendering For Two Story Deck with Lower Level Platform Deck and Under Deck Screen Room by Archadeck

Design Rendering For Two Story Deck with Lower Level Platform Deck, Post Covers and Under Deck Screen Room by Archadeck

So a two-story deck is not as simple as it might sound.  But that’s the good news!  With complete customization, your deck addition can be anything you want it to be.

Next Steps

To find inspiration for deck design and building, visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com.  You’ll see picture galleries, an online inquiry form (how can we help?), a free download for Archadeck’s design guide and a video too.  Please join us on Pinterest, Google+ and Houzz!

Are you ready to talk to a St. Louis deck builder right now?  If so, please consider Archadeck.  We’re locally owned and operated with offices conveniently located in St. Louis West County.  Call us anytime — 636-227-0800.

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If you don’t reside in the St. Louis, Missouri area, simply visit archadeck.com or call 888-687-3325 for an Archadeck owner/office in your neck of the woods.

Two-Story Deck Designs by Archadeck in St. Louis, Mo

Two-Story Deck Designs by Archadeck in St. Louis, Mo

Sources

ehow.com, Better Homes and Gardens, itdecks.com, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Archadecks in Austin TX, Chicago IL, Columbus OH and Nova Scotia; decksmaryland.wordpress.com by Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County

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