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Yes. Yes. Yes you can!  And oftentimes you should!

As the demand for outdoor living spaces increases, so do the options for design and decor.  And it’s easier-than-ever for homeowners to switch-things-up when it comes to customized deck design and building materials.

For example, a natural wood or a low maintenance deck is often combined with wooden, vinyl, glass or metal rails… or a combination thereof!

Cedar Deck, Cedar Deck Rails, Metal Balusters, Project by Archadeck of West County

Cedar Deck, Cedar Deck Rails, Metal Balusters, Project by Archadeck of West County

Maybe you prefer to subtly match product and color, or instead, you could choose a look with a very stark color contrast.

Cedar Deck and Black Rails by Archadeck of West County

Cedar Deck and Black Rails by Archadeck of West County

With the right guidance and planning, your outdoor space will perfectly suit your individual style and the character of your home — inside and out!

But the proof-is-in-the-project… so take a look at finished designs by Archadeck. Then ask yourself, “Which ones do I really like?”  And, simple as that, you have a starting point!

The options are endless… 

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Thinking about a new deck or replacing your old one?  Wondering how to find the color scheme that’s right for you? Well then, this article may help.

It’s no secret, color can make-or-break the look of your home, inside and out. Get the colors right and you’re on the path to a dynamite design.

Decks in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck of West County

Decks in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck of West County

But first, make sure the deck’s color-concept fits YOU — your preference, your style AND your existing house!

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Wondering where to begin when it comes to planning a deck or other outdoor space?  Well, wonder no longer.

Archadeck’s new design guide is here.  And best of all, it’s still free and even better than before!

Spacious Multilevel Composite Decks by Archadeck - Design Guide Download

Spacious Multilevel Composite Decks by Archadeck – Design Guide Download

With an improved online experience, you can easily flip through the design guide in its magazine format, watch a 4-part video series, zoom-in-or-out, download it, email it, link to it, share it, and then take advantage of a special offer too.

Crucial for project planning, the guide will take-you-through a series of pertinent questions to help define exactly what you want in an outdoor space.  In the end you’ll have your answers!  For instance…

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Thinking about adding a backyard deck to your home this year? Wondering how to avoid the builder-grade, cookie-cutter look without spending a fortune?

Whether you’re seeking a little or a lot of customization, we’ve got some great ideas for you when it comes to deck design.

Custom Decks by Archadeck

Custom Decks by Archadeck

Learn how to use boards, rails, balusters, lights, stairs, seating, planters or even a roof to take your deck from ‘ gosh that’s nice’ to ‘Ohhh WOW!’. Read the rest of this entry »

Cedar remains a popular option when it comes to adding a deck, screen porch or pergola.  Why?  Because cedar is a time-tested, good-lookin’ outdoor building material with a reasonable price-tag too.

Traditional Cedar Deck, Rails and Balusters, St. Louis County, by Archadeck

Traditional Cedar Deck, Rails and Balusters, St. Louis County, by Archadeck

And what about the railing for a cedar deck?

Choosing cedar boards doesn’t require you to choose cedar rails.  In fact, different rails are a way to transform the style of a traditional cedar structure with diverse color and material.

Modern Black Rails for Cedar Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Modern Black Rails for Cedar Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

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Whether your deck design requires a step-or-two or a long staircase with a landing, building your stairs requires forethought, planning and oftentimes tricky construction calculations to get-it-right.

Deck Stair Designs by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Deck Stair Designs by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

In short, deck stairs must be built precisely to meet local building codes for safety. And they need to look great too!

  • Your stairs shouldn’t be too tall or shallow and there’s no room for error.
  • With plenty of style options, building deck stairs can be complex so consider talking with a contractor.
Deck Steps with Guard Rail and Hand Rail, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Deck Steps with Guard Rail and Hand Rail, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Let’s begin by defining the three primary deck stair components:

  • Risers — what you walk on
  • Treads — the enclosed space between the steps
  • Stringers — the sloped boards that provide support under the stairs

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