Maximize Your Space with These 8 Under Deck Ideas

Building an elevated deck is a great way to maximize your outdoor space. As its primary function, it can help you create a dedicated area for entertaining, relaxing, and a space to enjoy those gorgeous days. However, the area underneath that deck is often overlooked or not used. Don’t let that secret spot go to […]

10 Ideas for Reusing Leftover Decking Boards

Ever wonder what to do with your leftover composite decking boards? You could always save them if you have to replace a damaged board, there are more immediate uses for these leftovers that can add charm and functionality to your home and backyard. Here are 10 ideas for leftover composite decking boards and how you […]

Small Backyard Deck Ideas & Designs

Who says smaller backyards can’t have character? Limited backyard space doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. However, smaller outdoor spaces require a bit more planning and thinking outside the box when it comes to designing and decorating a deck. Even if you don’t have a sprawling backyard, there are plenty of small backyard deck […]

Hanging String Lights on a Deck

Draped along a wall or hung for a curtain effect, a few well-placed string lights can provide both practical benefits and style. And since you don’t need any pre-existing structures for these types of hanging deck lights, this project can be quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive. While it can be a simple process, you’ll still […]

Herringbone Decking Pattern

There are many interesting and creative ways to apply decking. A zipper pattern involves the intersection of two opposing diagonal decking patterns that combine in the center of the deck in a staggered orientation to present the appearance of a zipper. A hearing bone is a similar pattern that meets without the alternating zipper effect. An octagon can be decked as an offset pattern that follows the shape of the frame. We have even seen parquet deck floors installed by using squares that alternate decking direction.

Deck Railing Designs

Over the last ten years, the deck industry has developed a variety of attractive rail systems. Because your deck’s rails will be one of the most visible features of your new deck, it is important to choose a rail that complements your decking material and the style and color scheme of your house. Consumers have many choices of colors, styles and accessories to provide greater flexibility in design. Many railing systems are built from composite or metal, both of which offer the advantage of low maintenance. Glass railings and cable rails are attractive because they preserve views. Deck rails can vary in price from about $15 per linear foot for a standard pressure-treated wood rail to over $125 dollars per linear foot for a manufactured glass railing system.

Budget – Determines Deck Size and Materials

Calculating a construction budget is an equation with three variables: 1) Cost 2) Square Footage 3) Quality of Materials. You can control two of these variables which will produce the third, but you can’t control all three simultaneously. A deck project can be a substantial investment. Most decking materials range from $15 to $30 per […]

Space Planning

Think about how rooms of a house serve different purposes and are arranged together to form a complete living environment. You should begin to think about your deck this way. Most decks will be composed of a variety of spaces to accommodate various activities. How these spaces are designed and creatively organized will determine the spatial layout of your deck.

Porch Roof Options

Screen porches and gazebos are popular additions for outdoor living. You can really get the best of both worlds by having an indoor/outdoor room. These structures typically have stricter code requirements than decks and can cost quite a bit more.

Deck Design Styles

It is important to use a style that matches your house and your personal taste. Here are a few popular deck styles for creative outdoor living. Contemporary – Less is more. Use sleek, modern design features, basic shapes and clean lines. Low-maintenance materials, such as composite, PVC, metal and even stone.     Colonial – […]