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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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St. Louis Two Story Decks by Archadeck, St. Albans area

Two Story Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo, St. Albans area

Jazz up your house and yard with a valuable home improvement project – a deck addition.

Backyard decks are an economical way to add an outdoor ‘wing’ to your house, at a fraction of the cost of a room addition.

This year, decks are showing an 80% ROI and are ranked third among home improvement choices by Angie’s List, Remodelers Magazine and the National Association of Realtors.

And custom-designed deck options are abundant with an experienced contractor, like Archadeck.

From our affordable Lifestyle Classics collection to larger projects incorporating a deck with screened porch, pergola or gazebo, Archadeck has the experience and professionalism to design and build an ideal outdoor living space, just for you.

So let’s start with five basic deck design options: Read the rest of this entry »

Design features and embellishments for a deck, porch, or gazebo are custom details that express your individuality and lifestyle for a one-of-a-kind outdoor living space.

Multilevel Deck with Gazebo Enclosure, photo by Archadeck Outdoor Living

Multilevel Deck, Gazebo, Lattice, photo by Archadeck Outdoor Living

Beyond the basics of great deck design and construction, embellishments include:

  • mix and match materials and style – wood, composite and vinyl, metallic and color, from traditional to contemporary and everything in between
  • unique railing design – decorative balusters, post caps, lighting
  • creative stair design – extra width, flare, or bi-directional
  • floor board design – geometric pattern, border trim, angled decking boards or color board change
  • lighting – ambience, aesthetics and safety
  • built-in benches and planters – extra seating and seasonal plantings
  • add a ‘finishing touch’ beneath your deck with lattic skirting or under deck ceiling
  • add a ‘finishing touch’ over your deck with a shade pergola Read the rest of this entry »
St. Louis Decks with Wide Stairs by Archadeck

Deck with Wide Stairs by Archadeck in St. Louis, Missouri

A major consideration and integral part of  the deck planning process is stair design.

Considerations for porch or deck stairs include available space, position, number, and width.

No outdoor structure is complete until the steps are an exact fit.

And often times wide steps are a fashionable choice for a porch or deck, home and backyard.

As we posted in our earlier article, “Deck Design:  Step-It-Up with Deck Railing and Stairs”,we wrote: Read the rest of this entry »

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