Does the term outdoor living excite you as much as it excites us? There’s almost nothing better than being able to spend time with friends and family outside on a summer day, or even gaining tranquil alone time with a cup of coffee in the fresh morning air.
Truly getting to enjoy the outdoors comes from having a well-built and beautifully designed outdoor space for spending your time. And a custom deck installation is the perfect solution.
What Type of Deck Is Right for You?
Our Lakeside Renovation and Design team has built countless custom decks for St. Louis homeowners, and we always want our clients to love the look of the deck for years. We prefer and install DuraLife Decking (which comes in an array of beautiful colors to customize your outdoor living environment) so you can have a beautiful deck that lasts for years.
We want to ensure your deck is perfect for your home and family, so here is a breakdown of some of the most popular and functional deck styles and locations. See which design is perfect for your home to get the deck of your dreams.
An attached deck comes as it sounds, attached directly to your home. It is similar to a patio but it is slightly elevated off the ground and is made from decking materials like wood, or a wood composite. Being physically attached to the home creates a seamless transition from house interior to deck. It’s the perfect option for entertaining and extending a living space outside.
A detached deck is also commonly referred to as a floating deck. It is not attached directly to a home, so it can be found anywhere in the yard space. It is typically connected to the home by a walkway, and it is slightly elevated (or floating). This makes it a great option for homeowners who have areas of uneven terrain, spots where grass or plants have a hard time growing, or open areas that could use some hardscaping.
3. Multi-Level Deck
The wonderful thing about a custom-built deck is that it is built to fit and flow with your home and yard space. A multi-level deck has different tiers connected by stairs or steps. They tend to be used for multi-level homes, connecting the various stories’ exteriors through decking, or they are used in elevated homes or homes with sloped yards.
They can be beautifully designed to cascade with your landscape, making them an extension of your yard and home at the same time. Along with other new decks, they have a great return on investment for your home.
As it sounds, this style of deck is built higher off the ground than a typical attached deck. It tends to be directly attached to the home but has a set of stairs that connect it to the ground. This style of deck is great for homes with sloped yards, whose back door is no longer level with the ground, or for homes that have a daylight basement (below-grade basement) which only opens toward the rear of the home.
It’s also perfect for homeowners who are utilizing ground space directly outside their home for a barbeque area or a pool, etc., but who want some shade as well as additional outdoor living space on their second story.
5. Wrap Around Deck
If you really want to enjoy every side of your exterior, then a wrap-around deck is the perfect option for your home. Unlike a wrap-around porch, which can feel more formal and traditional, a wrap-around deck can truly be used to enhance design. Certain areas may be wider, skinnier, or geometrically shaped.
You can essentially create rooms around the exterior perimeter of your home that are all connected to one another. An experienced deck contractor can help you maximize the sun exposure around your property.
Often, overlooked areas are the perfect place to add additional living space. If your home has an area with a flat roofline or you simply want to maximize the space over your garage, then a roof deck is perfect. This style of deck does not take up yard space, so it’s perfect for urban homes or for families who simply want to maximize their outdoor living. Just make sure you have the proper engineering put into place to support the structure and anyone who might venture onto it.
7. Entryway Deck
Don’t forget about your front yard. An entryway deck is the perfect way to make your front entrance inviting. It’s similar in nature to a porch, but unlike a front porch (which is completely covered), an entryway deck can be partially or completely exposed. It’s the perfect solution for an elevated home with a second-story entrance or a home with an amazing front yard view.
Get the Deck of Your Dreams
A beautiful and lasting deck space that brings great value to your life is calling your name! Working with our Lakeside Renovation and Design team also means gaining a deck that is built to be safe and functional. We can help you design a truly unique space that is tailored to your home.
We want to help you achieve an outdoor space that feels like the perfect extension of your home. Learn more about our deck services to see how we can help make this a reality.