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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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Custom Cedar Deck in Chesterfield by Archadeck in St. Louis West County

“These days, the latest trend is all about outdoor living,” says the founder of Angie’s List, Angie Hicks.

Hicks recommends ‘decks’ as the 3rd most valuable choice for a home improvement project since they retain 80% return-on-investment for a home.

A quality deck (or any other outdoor structure for that matter!) that’s designed and built by a terrific contractor becomes an economical way to expand your home’s livable space… inside to out.

In customizing a deck project, homeowners might also consider these questions:

Will your deck addition include a screened porch, gazebo, shade pergola, or other design elements such as ceiling, skirting, privacy wall, lighting, decorative rails, built-in seating or planters?

Ipe Deck with Built in Benches and Planters by Archadeck

Ipe Deck with Built in Benches and Planters by Archadeck

Do you prefer a traditional, elegant, country or contemporary look?

Is low maintenance decking material a priority or do you prefer the appeal of natural wood?

Should your deck design include the needs of children, pets, elderly family members?

The possibilities are limitless; thus, pricing totally depends on the size, scope and complexity of your deck project as well as the building materials used. Read the rest of this entry »

According to CBS Moneywatch, deck additions are a home improvement project with one of the biggest payoffs for the homeowner.

Related Post – 10/30/13:  Decks are high return home improvements

St, Louis Custom Decks by Archadeck

St. Louis Custom Decks by Archadeck

With the release of the 2010-2011 report from Remodeling Magazine and the National Association of Realtors, we know that decks rank third as the most cost-effective projects for homeowners.

This conclusion resulted from comparing values for 35 remodeling projects in 80 markets across the country.

Upscale remodeling projects have certainly been affected by the weak economy.  However, the 2010-2011 Remodeling vs Cost vs Value Report clearly shows that decks are an exterior project that “not only provide the most value but are among the least expensive improvements for a home”.

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