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Flared Deck Stair Design, St. Louis Mo, Archadeck

Flared Deck Stairs by Archadeck, St. Louis

Just like deck railings, the stairs and steps for your deck are a major consideration in the design process.

Stairs should be attractive by blending smoothly into the deck space or by providing an elegant element of contrast to the space.

Nevertheless, deck stairs should also be functional and should ‘empty out’ into a logical area where people congregate and where traffic flows.

In the end, the lay of the land and your home’s architecture will greatly influence the necessary deck and stair design.

For example, a bi-directional staircase is often used to turn a corner so that steps will land on the ground in the perfect backyard spot — in the lawn or on a patio. Read the rest of this entry »

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Deck with Vinyl Rails, Chesterfield, St. Louis West County, by Archadeck

The Labor Day holiday weekend has passed.

Children are fully back in the routine of school or have moved off to college.

These events, and cooler weather, are indicative that our St. Louis summer is finally winding down which means it’s an ideal time for planning and building your new outdoor living space.

In today’s market, outdoor living structures such as decks, are a home improvement project that:

  • provide a solid and safe return on investment
  • increase your home’s square footage, economically
  • create that ‘oh-so-special-spot’ for enjoying the outdoors… reading, relaxing, grilling, dining, entertaining
  • add monetary and curb-appeal value to your home with a high-dollar, return on investment
Two Story Decks, Chesterfield Mo, by Archadeck

Two Story Deck in St. Louis, Mo – Chesterfield area, by Archadeck

Featured here is a cedar two-story, multilevel deck in the Chesterfield area, with vinyl rails, deck lighting and a vinyl shade pergola.  This is an outstanding example of a deck designed to fit a homeowner’s exact needs, space, personal style and budget… with room to grow.

The customer lives in St. Louis West County with a wooded lot and beautiful scenic view.

First, Archadeck designed a two story, multilevel deck to connect each of the home’s level to one another as well as the backyard.

Second, we designed the deck to access and accommodate the contour of a sloping backyard while maintaining natural views and shade.

Third, the project incorporated lighting as an aesthetic and safety feature for night-time deck usage. Read the rest of this entry »

Deck Steps With Flared Design, St. Louis County, by Archadeck

Deck Steps With Flared Design in St. Louis West County, by Archadeck

Just like railings, steps and stairs for your elevated deck, porch or screen room are a primary decision in the outdoor-living design process.

Stairs can provide an elegant element of contrast to an outdoor space or seamlessly blend with an outdoor structure with matching materials.

Nonetheless, steps and stairs should be functional, convenient and improve traffic flow.

Types of steps and stairs include:

  • Full set, single direction deck staircase with a consistent step width.
  • Full set, single direction or turning staircase with landings.
  • Broad, angled, half-moon, or curved step designs for wide backyard spaces.
  • Staircase or steps with a flared design.
  • Z-shaped staircase for traffic flow, space utilization and backyard access. Read the rest of this entry »

Step and stair design for a deck, porch or screen room is an important decision. Outdoor steps and stairs can provide a vivid contrast to a space or match and blend-in with a deck or porch.  But no matter the design choice, steps and stairs should improve traffic flow, providing functionality and convenience.

Take a look at the slideshow below filled with plenty of ideas from Archadeck projects. Read the rest of this entry »

Deck Stair Designs by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Deck Stairs by Archadeck in St. Louis — Direction Change, Landings, and Lighting

Stair design for your deck is crucial for traffic flow functionality, aesthetics, use of space and easy home and backyard access.

Thus, the deck plan chosen will influence stair design and construction.

And well designed stairs add your personal style to an outdoor living space, often becoming an impressive project focal point.

Your deck design deserves deck stairs… with stares!

Examples include: Read the rest of this entry »

Vinyl Rail and Deck Stairs in West St. Louis County by Archadeck

Vinyl Rail and Deck Stairs in West St. Louis County by Archadeck

Who would guess that stairs for your deck design are crucial for aesthetics, traffic flow, function, access and space utilization?

It’s true.  Stairs are really important!

Thoughtfully designed and constructed deck stairs will add impressive style to your home and a focal point for your outdoor living space.

And equally important is the type of deck plan you choose which will, in turn, influence certain elements of stair design.

Wide deck stairs are particularly fitting for decks that are low to the ground such as a platform deck or free-standing deck.  Raised decks, multi level decks and two story decks will require stairs (and railings) to meet building code and safety standards; however, there is plenty of design flexibility with style, color, materials and accessories. Read the rest of this entry »

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