Solving Deck Design Problems

deck design problemsA well designed deck is a home improvement project that increases your home’s value and improves your quality of life. However, where and how to add a deck onto an existing house can pose deck design problems if your yard is small, sloping, or covered with trees. There are many ways of designing a deck that work with these kinds of challenges to produce a unique, attractive, and useful result.

Sloping Yard

Small yards can often be a perfect place for decks that cut into a hillside, wraps closely around the house, or even one that is built on top of the roof of the house or garage. Small and cozy decks can also be incorporated as extensions of existing porches and entryways, reducing the total square footage that the deck covers.

Small Yard

Many people do not like the idea of all the wasted yard space that is created by building a larger sized deck, especially when a small yard is involved. There are several ways of solving this problem, including cantilevering the deck out from the house framing, eliminating posts and piers and leaving the space underneath for a shady garden or patio area. This kind of deck does require the help of an experienced deck builder.

Too Much Shading

Cutting down shade trees to make room for a deck is not something most homeowners want to consider. In this situation, decks can be designed around the trees, resulting in an outdoor living space with natural shade and beauty built right in. Space should be left between the tree trunks and decking so that the trees can continue growing.

Almost any home can incorporate a deck if you use creative design ideas to work with what you have. Contractors who specialize in deck construction can help you see these possibilities, and they have the experience for making that design a reality.