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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 »

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 »

Two Story Cedar Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis - Chesterfield

Two Story Cedar Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis – Chesterfield

We’re often asked, “What’s the story with two-story decks?”

The answer:  A Very Happy Ending!

A two-story, multi level deck opens up a range of possibilities and the benefits are many.

Two story decks add significant design elements to a home’s exterior while accommodating multiple activity areas into separate, outdoor living spaces.

Decks with levels provide definitive spaces which can equate to different ‘rooms’ for outdoor living.  This dynamic deck design ties outdoor living to your home in interesting ways.

For example, deck areas can include:  a bistro nook for morning coffee, a dining and cooking corner for barbeques, an adult sitting ‘den’ for conversing, a separate child’s cubby for play, a niche for a deck spa and a cozy retreat for reading or relaxing.

St. Louis Two Story Decks by Archadeck

Two Story Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis

A pergola, gazebo or screened room can be added for a sense of enclosure.  Planters, privacy screens, arbors or trellises create intimacy too.

In addition, a multi level deck design is the absolute best way to make use of a sloping yard, backyards with steep drop offs and for homes with walk out lower levels.  A deck then, provides easy access from your home to your yard or from deck to deck.

Other benefits and considerations: Read the rest of this entry »

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