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Deck Options for a Small Yard

February 10, 2017


An outdoor entertaining space such as a deck is something every homeowner should have. If you own a home with a a small yard, your options for creating a deck can be limited. With that said, you do have options. While space may be limited, here are a few deck options for a small yard.

Maryland decking options for a small yard

Steps not Railings

Sometimes, the deck needs to have seamless flow into the yard in order to avoid making two small spaces. If this is the case, and your deck is raised higher than the yard, opt for wide stairs running the length of the deck leading into the yard. This will give you a lovely deck space, added seating from the wide deep stairs, and the illusion of a much larger deck and yard than there truly is.

Garden Beds as Benches

Most backyards need some sort of greenery to feel complete. Build raised garden beds as part of your deck, and make the border of the garden or planter wider than normal so it can also be used as a bench. With this dual-purposing of raised garden beds you can increase seating space without sacrificing the space you’d like to use for plants.

Go With a Patio

Sometimes, decks just aren’t the best fit for smaller yards. While a raised wooden deck may be what you were searching for, you should try and keep an open mind to other options such as a stone patio. Sometimes, a stone patio will match your home’s layout and style better and can be an easier option in terms of maintenance. Your Maryland deck design and construction contractor will be able to better advise you on what style, shape, and materials will best suit your yard and home.

small maryland deck uses benches not chairs

Benches not Chairs

Chairs are really nice to have, but a bench will be able to accommodate much more people in a smaller amount of space. If your need for the deck is to entertain a larger amount of people, consider using benches as your main form of seating with your furniture as opposed to chairs. Have your local decking contractor build benches into the deck, or purchase them at a local antique or furniture store.

Get Vertical

While space can be limited on the ground by your property lines, you do have the option of going vertical. There are many deck options for a small yard involving vertical space such as building a two-story deck, trellis, walls with hidden folding benches, or over-head shade as opposed to taking up space with with an umbrella stand. Use the vertical dimension as much as the horizontal one and you can make your deck look and feel much larger than it already is.

If you’re looking for more deck options for a small yard, or simply want to have a deck built but don’t know where to start, contact a Maryland deck contractor today. North American Deck & Patio is a custom deck design and construction company who will design a deck that best fits your small yard, and then will build it for you. Contact North American Deck and Patio for a free consultation by calling us at 866-535-1961 or by filling out the form on our website today!

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