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A well designed and implemented deck project incorporates the intended function of the outdoor structure alongside superb design techniques.

Sound complicated?  Well, let’s break it down.

Under Deck Room for Deck in St. Louis West County by Archadeck

Under Deck Room for Deck in St. Louis West County by Archadeck

An experienced deck contractor will take into account existing spaces — in their entirety, both inside and out – to develop the absolute best design-fit for your needs and for your budget.

A terrific example of thoughtful architecture is evident in custom, multilevel deck designs that ‘open-up’ both home and yard to an outdoor living space and to each other.

Key design features for a deck with several levels:

Multilevel Deck, Wide Stairs, Partial Railing, photo by TimberTech

Multilevel Deck, Wide Stairs, Partial Railing, photo by TimberTech

1.  Wide deck steps are desirable if the deck is designed at grade-level.  Broad steps are unrestricted and stylish, enhancing traffic flow to-and-from the deck.

One, two or three steps between the deck levels invite area definitions – a spot for sitting back, a spot for chatting or a spot for grilling and eating.

2.  If however, you have a two story home, staircases that move gracefully between deck levels are important.

With proper deck staircase design, the spaces will provide a flowing connection to the backyard without appearing fragmented or disjointed.  And without causing foot-traffic gridlock! Read the rest of this entry »

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Decks, Deck Safety, Archadeck St. Louis

Newly Constructed, Elevated Deck with Pergola, photo by Archadeck

In 2006, the month of May was designated by  NADRA — North American Deck and Railing Association — as Deck Safety Month in response to injuries resulting from older, unsafe decks that have collapsed.

Thus, ‘Deck Safety Month’ is a perfect reminder to schedule a professional deck safety inspection with a reputable contractor this Spring.

Statistically, there are over 40 million aging decks, 20 years old or older, across the United States.

Professionals in the building industry suggest having any deck over 7 years old checked for safety because with age, decks can become a hazard to people, particularly when the deck is raised, elevated or multi-tiered. Read the rest of this entry »

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