Wondering where to begin when it comes to planning a deck or other outdoor space?  Well, wonder no longer.

Archadeck’s new design guide is here.  And best of all, it’s still free and even better than before!

Spacious Multilevel Composite Decks by Archadeck - Design Guide Download

Spacious Multilevel Composite Decks by Archadeck – Design Guide Download

With an improved online experience, you can easily flip through the design guide in its magazine format, watch a 4-part video series, zoom-in-or-out, download it, email it, link to it, share it, and then take advantage of a special offer too.

Crucial for project planning, the guide will take-you-through a series of pertinent questions to help define exactly what you want in an outdoor space.  In the end you’ll have your answers!  For instance…

Composite Deck with Built-In Planters and Deck Lighting, Project by Archadeck

Composite Deck with Built-In Planters and Deck Lighting, Project by Archadeck

There are so many choices I don’t know where to start?

Do you envision a large gathering or an intimate get together?  Maybe both?

What do you want to do in your space? Lounge, sunbathe, garden, read, watch TV or use the internet?  Dine, cook, entertain?

What’s my ‘wish list’?’  And what features are negotiable?

Do you prefer natural materials (genuine wood) or are you among the low-maintenance, composite crowd?  How about privacy from neighbors?  Lighting?

Would you need built-in features like planters or storage?

Do you want protection from the elements  — shade from the sun, shelter from the rain and screens to keep out the bugs?

Where should we build our new deck?

‘Location, location, location’ is THE mantra in residential real estate.  Adding an outdoor living space is no different.  Deciding where to build is as important as what to build!

Do you want to see your children playing outside, a backyard garden or a spectacular view?  How will the structure sit in relation to neighboring homes and your street?  How will your outdoor space look from the inside your house?

Deck Designed and Built To Maximize Scenic View, Project by Archadeck

Deck Designed and Built To Maximize Scenic View, Project by Archadeck

What else should I be thinking about?

What effect will your proposed structure have on your existing home and yard in terms of light, airflow, drainage or maturing trees?

And what about safety needs for youngsters, aging family members, pets or other special requirements?

Traffic flow and noise abatement?

Each of these considerations are worth.. well, considering.

Key takeaways

  • Start with what you want to DO outside.
  • Go ahead,  dream big and create a pie-in-the-sky wish-list, but then let your budget be your guide.
  • Consider the position of your outdoor space and how it relates to your sight lines and views.
  • Blend the structure with your backyard and your home, including the indoor spaces.

We have a saying at Archadeck:  “Better planning will always bring better end results”.  So be sure to plan wisely.

Enjoy the guide and when you’re ready to talk to a contractor, please consider Archadeck.

Archadeck Outdoor Living's Free Design Guide, Cover Graphics by Matthew Victor

Archadeck Outdoor Living’s Free Design Guide, Cover Graphics by Matthew Victor

Next steps

To discover and explore more ideas about decks and other outdoor spaces, just visit our St. Louis website, west-county.archadeck.com.   You’ll have access to photo galleries, an online inquiry form, videos and of course, the free download for Archadeck’s design guide. 

If you live in St. Louis Missouri (or nearby areas), our office is located in St. Louis West County and we’re locally owned and operated.  We know St. Louis, we live here and work here!

(Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County serves the Greater St. Louis region including all areas of St. Louis County , St. Charles, St. Charles County and parts of Illinois.)

We’ll gladly answer your questions and meet with you, anytime – 636.227.0800

Live outside of St. Louis?  Then just go to archadeck.com to find an Archadeck owner near you.

Sources

St. Louis decks, screened porches and pergolas by Archadeck, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Outdoor Living Brands, Maurice Meagher and Archadeck of Nova Scotia

Design Guide Cover by Matthew Victor, Intern for Archadeck of West County. Contact Matt by email at mtvictor00@gmail.com.  Matt has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and is currently completing a second degree in Graphic Design.