Maryland Deck Design
Building a deck is easy, at least to us it is, because our Maryland deck contractors do this almost every day. Deck design, on the other hand, is the stage that often takes the longest, because there are so many options! Here are a few important things to consider before you finalize your deck design.
Settle on the Purpose
Before you talk to your Maryland deck contractor about starting on the draft of your deck design, decide for yourself what you are going to do on your deck. Will you be grilling and dining? Growing herbs and flowers? Relaxing in a hot tub? Hosting parties? Make a list and show it to us. We might have some ideas about how we can accommodate all of these activities, as well as what extra features or reinforcements your deck may need.
Decking Layout Ideas
A popular deck design is a deck where boards are installed parallel to the house. It’s simple and it works, but it’s also boring. If you want your deck to be a showcase of your style and the builder’s craftsmanship, consider these decking layout ideas:
Picture frames refer to boards installed around the perimeter of your deck to give it more definition. They form a border that is usually 2 boards wide and has a contrasting color. You can have one single border around the whole deck, or you could include a divider in the middle, forming double picture frames.
When decking boards are installed diagonally, they add visual interest to the structure. They also go well with picture frames, because the frame boards and the main floor are laid in different directions, creating a beautiful contrast. You can also play around with diagonal decking to create herringbone designs.
Inlays are ornamental patterns added to the deck to give it more character and better reflect your personal style. Deck inlays can range from something as simple as a circle or a rhombus shape, to more elaborate leaf shapes and even animal shapes. These inlays are typically made of the same decking material as the rest of the deck, but may have different colors. Stone tile inlays are also common, especially on decks that feature fire pits.
As you are planning the layout of your new deck, don’t forget to give a good thought to staircase design and placement. In terms of placement, you want the stairs to be close to your home’s back entrance, so that the traffic stays to the side and doesn’t interfere with the whatever else is happening on the deck.
In terms of design, you have to think about the width of the steps, the number of flights and the type of railings and balusters. If you have a tall deck that requires adding a landing for the staircase, consider whether a spiral staircase may be a better option for you. It may be more difficult to navigate, but it’s definitely a space saver!
Need help deciding what your deck should look like? Give us a call or contact online today for a consultation!
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