Second in the series “Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas,” let’s discuss decks.  And not just any-ole-deck design but spectacular design variations — traditional or trendy, classic or contemporary, mainstream or modern– so that your deck can easily be one-of-a-kind and perfect for you.

Custom Decks by Archadeck

Custom Decks by Archadeck

Sound expensive?  It doesn’t have to be.

Using a few tricks-of-the-trade, an experienced contractor can jazz-up even a basic deck — all within your budget.

Wood Deck with Elegant Black Basket Balusters, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Wood Deck with Elegant Black Basket Balusters, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

But how?  Well, the types and costs of deck upgrades can range from simple-to-elaborate and everything-in-between.  For example:

Price-wise, lower-to-middle-of-the-road design enhancements could include interesting rails with contrasting balusters, post covers, lighting, privacy or underdecking.

Low Maintenace Deck and Rails with Underdecking, Lighting and Post Covers,, by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

Low Maintenace Deck and Rails with Underdecking, Lighting and Post Covers, by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

Higher-end deck upgrades, on the other hand, could involve deck level changes or an intricate floor board pattern.

Deck Designed with Levels and Floor Board Pattern by Archadeck

Deck Designed with Levels and Floor Board Pattern by Archadeck

And for a real stand-out project that will dazzle friends, family and neighbors alike, a homeowner might opt for a combination of structures such as:

  1. a deck with a slatted pergola or
  2. a deck with solid roofing or
  3. a deck with a screen-in porch or even a 3-seasons room
Decks with Pergolas by Archadeck

Decks with Pergolas by Archadeck

Decks with Roof Covers by Archadeck

Decks with Roof Covers by Archadeck

Decks and Outdoor Rooms by Archadeck

Decks and Outdoor Rooms by Archadeck

And just like the shade pergolas discussed in last week’s article, options for deck designs are plentiful too.  Anything goes!  But start-off asking yourself these key questions:

Would you like a deck that adjoins your home or would you prefer a stand-alone deck that’s located further out in your yard or garden?

Stand-Alone, Low-Grade Deck by Archadeck

Stand-Alone, Low-Grade Deck with Privacy Features by Archadeck

Would you want a deck that’s low-to-the-ground or raised up high?  And what about your surroundings?  Do you want to enhance or block portions of your backyard view?

Attached, Elevated Deck by Archadeck

Attached, Elevated Deck with Open View by Archadeck

How about a single-plane deck or one with different levels?  And would you like it combined with a pergola, patio or porch?

Single Plane Deck with Sunken Patio, Built-in Benches and Planters, by Archadeck

Single Plane Deck with Sunken Patio, Built-in Benches and Planters, by Archadeck

Key Takeaways

  • It’s OK to think beyond the builder-grade, cookie-cutter deck even if you have a limited budget.  Great design doesn’t have to break the bank… and it won’t with the right plan!
  • Small, medium or large and designed in any shape or built from most any material, a backyard deck can be loaded with both style and function.
  • Will a deck add home value?  You bet!  As an outdoor structure, decks are surprisingly versatile and cost effective with an 80%+ return-on-investment.

So go ahead.  Dream big because your backyard IS a blank canvas.

Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas - Archadeck Outdoor Living - Graphic Design by Matthew Victor in St. Louis, Mo

Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas – Archadeck Outdoor Living – Graphic Design by Matthew Victor in St. Louis, Mo

Be sure to read these popular articles to learn more about adding a deck to your home:

The 5 Most Popular Deck Designs Explained

Deck Railing Ideas

Small Decks with Big Function

Deck Design Ideas:  Floor Board Patterns

Want to learn more about Archadeck Outdoor Living?

Find inspiration for decks and other outdoor living spaces by visiting our website, west-county.archadeck.com.  You’ll find picture galleries and an easy-to-complete online inquiry form — How Can We Help?.  For daily/weekly updates on the topic, join us on Pinterest, Google+Houzz and other social media platforms.

Then when you’re ready to talk to a St. Louis deck builder, please consider Archadeck.  We’re locally owned and operated with conveniently located offices in St. Louis West County.  Call us anytime – 636-227-0800.

If you live outside of the Greater St. Louis area, visit archadeck.com or call 888-687-3325.

Sources

Archadeck Outdoor Living, Archadecks in Chicago IL, Central Iowa, Chester County PA, Austin TX, Central Connecticut and Columbus OH

Graphic design for ‘Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas’ by Matthew Victor, St. Louis Mo.  Matt has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is currently completing a second degree in graphic design.  You may contact Matt by email at mtvictor00@gmail.com.