Ready to add a deck to your home and backyard?  Want to go beyond a basic ‘builder-grade’ deck without excessive costs and complicated construction? You can you know!

Custom Deck Designs by Archadeck

Custom Deck Designs by Archadeck

Jazzing-up an otherwise run-of-the-mill deck design is on the wish-list of most every homeowner.

Customization can be accomplished with simple solutions such as lights, levels and landscaping as well as privacy and protection.

Whether you want to use your deck for peace-and-quiet-time or you’re ready to get-the-party-started, by incorporating one or more of these details, your project will be well-equipped.

Deck Lights

Want to use and showcase your outdoor space, morning, noon and evening too? Include lights.

Lighting not only increases the amount of time you’ll use your deck,  lights are an important safety and security feature.

Deck Steps with Lantern Post Lights, Project by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

Deck Steps with Lantern Post Lights, Project by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

Options and styles include:

  • Deck rail lights come in different dimensions and styles and typically mount on the bottom, side or face of the deck rail post.  Wires are hidden.
  • Step lights are often required by building codes to avoid trips and falls on stairs.  And just like rail lights, they come in an abundance of styles.
  • Low voltage lights typically are installed on the top of a deck post or on the front of it and provide safety as well as ambiance.
  • Specialty deck lights add fanciful flair to your deck design with ornamental fixtures such as lanterns, buttons etc.
  • LED deck lights are low voltage and use less electricity than traditionally wired deck lights.  Bulb color options are available too.
  • Solar deck lights are powered by daytime sunlight and are an economical and efficient way to bring character to your outdoor space.
Cedar Deck with Post Module Lighting, St. Louis, Mo, Project by Archadeck

Cedar Deck with Post Module Lighting, St. Louis Mo, Project by Archadeck

Price-wise, lighting systems are fairly economical.  In fact, many contractors will provide them free if you ask.  So ask!

Deck Levels

Uninterested in a humdrum squared-off deck?  Then consider a multilevel (or tiered) design, particularly if your backyard is small or sloping.

St. Louis Custom Decks by Archadeck

St. Louis Custom Decks by Archadeck

In the case of limited building space, a deck level can be raised (or sunken) to communicate activity areas such as grilling, dining, or entertaining.  Step riser lights are oh-so-perfect in this instance too.

Deck with Level Change for Hot Tub, Project by Archadeck

Deck with Level Change for Hot Tub, Project by Archadeck

If, on the other hand, your building site is large and sloped, deck level changes — either dramatic or slight — help to visually break up the structure as well as connect your deck to your backyard in tiered stages.

Multilevel Deck Design by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Multilevel Deck Design by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

To learn all the ins-and-outs on the topic, check-out our articles “The 5 Most Popular Deck Designs Explained” and “Multilevel Deck Design Ideas”.

Deck Landscaping

Just like the foundation of your home, the substructure of a deck isn’t particularly attractive.  So after the construction of your new deck is complete, you’ll want some sort of perimeter plantings or landscaping to soften the rough edges.

Deck with Lattice and Landscaping, Project by Archadeck

Deck with Lattice and Landscaping, Project by Archadeck

With common sense — and tips from your local nursery or landscaper — choose trees, bushes, flowers or a native grass for height, sunlight, terrain, etc. Take into account seasonal colors too.

If you live in St. Louis, check-out the the Missouri Botanical Garden’s – Lawn, Landscape and Garden –  it’s a terrific resource.

Deck Privacy

Over the years, home buyers have wanted larger homes but smaller lots; as a result, houses are being built closer and closer together.

So you may need a little — or a whole heap of — privacy to make your deck more usable.  Most people do!

Deck with Privacy Wall, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Deck with Privacy Wall, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Fortunately, there are a number of stylish and practical ways to create deck privacy.

Full or partial privacy rails, lattice panels, knee wall rails and screened-in decks will effectively shield you from unsightly views or the overly-neighborly folks next door.

Deck with Privacy Screen, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Deck with Privacy Screen, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Beyond architecture, you can add privacy with fabric panels, outdoor curtains, shades or a canopy; a vertical garden wall, creeping vines, tall container plants (such as bamboo) or evergreens.

Deck Security and Protection

When it comes to security, be sure to include a latched deck gate for steps, especially if you have children or pets – regardless of your deck’s elevation. But many homeowners want to incorporate other protections as well.

Deck with Safety Gate, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Deck with Safety Gate, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Safeguards from the sun, rain or bugs will make a deck project more functional. So if you’re looking for sun protection, deck pergolas are popular; for rain protection consider a roof; and screens will protect from insects.

Cedar Screened In Deck, Chesterfield, Mo by Archadeck

Cedar Screened In Deck, Chesterfield, Mo by Archadeck

Check-out our articles, “How To Cover Your Deck, Patio or Porch for Any Price” and “Screened In Deck Design Ideas” for more detail.

Next steps

If you’re interested in talking to a pro and reside in Greater St. Louis in Missouri, please consider Archadeck.  We’re located in West County and serve the metropolitan region including St. Charles and parts of Illinois.

Give us a call at 636.227.0800 or visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com.

Outside of St. Louis call 888-687-3325 or visit archadeck.com.

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Sources

Southern Hospitality, Universal Forest Products, The Deck Store, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Archadeck of Chester County PA, Listotic, Better Homes and Gardens

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