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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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Wood — cedar wood, pressure treated wood, and hardwoods such as Tigerwood and Ipe – remains a classic and popular choice for decks and other outdoor structures.

Take a look at the slideshow below for plenty of ideas for all types of  wooden decks by Archadeck. Read the rest of this entry »

St. Louis Decks, Screened Enclosures by Archadeck

St. Louis Deck with Screened Enclosure, Wildwood area, by Archadeck

The Greater St. Louis area is, by and large, a river city.

And with rivers such as the Mississippi and Missouri, our area topography is characterized by bluffs and slopes… which (believer it or not!) leads me to the topic of two-story and multi level decks.

Multilevel or two-story decks are a fabulous way to build beautiful outdoor living spaces.

These types of decks blend with the lay-of-the-land when a backyard has either a gentle slope or a steep drop-off… because of those bluffs and slopes caused by rivers.  (The whole ‘river thing’ makes sense now, right?)

  • Two Story Deck:  A two-story deck addition will accommodate multiple activity areas into separate outdoor spaces.  These structures will maximize scenic views and connect a home’s levels to one another, from the inside – out. Read the rest of this entry »

Chesterfield in St. Louis, Missouri is a gorgeous and bustling suburb of West County with a natural landscape of plains, bluffs, slopes and valleys due to its proximity to area rivers.  The natural terrain in Chesterfield makes a perfect spot for a backyard deck or other outdoor living space.

Watch our slideshow below to see beautiful Chesterfield decks, designed and built by Archadeck. Read the rest of this entry »

Two story or multi level decks are the ideal deck plan for following the backyard contour and for defining deck spaces such as dining, grilling, conversing or relaxing.

Pictures tell the story best… enjoy the slide show to see two story decks and decks with levels, by Archadeck. Read the rest of this entry »

Patio Decks, St. Louis, Mo

Patio Decks, St. Louis, Mo

No matter the size of your yard, adding a deck will jazz up your home’s exterior and improve its value.

So if you’re thinking about building a deck for your home, you’ll first need to find a reputable contractor that specializes in deck design.

Choosing the right contractor will ensure a well-built structure that, not only looks terrific but, fits your lifestyle and blends with your home and yard, smoothly.

So let’s take a look at five basic options for decks: platform decks, raised decks, two-story decks, multi-level decks, free-standing decks.

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