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Deck Design Mistakes To Avoid

by Erik Evans

A well-designed deck can become the focal point of your outdoor space, providing a comfortable and stylish area for relaxation and entertainment. However, many homeowners tend to stick to conventional designs, which may be a missed opportunity for creativity and innovation. You can update your outdoor space to create an inviting area by identifying common mistakes in deck design and embracing unconventional ideas.

Mistake: Neglecting Natural Elements

When you design your new deck, avoid making the mistake of overlooking the integration of natural elements. A deck should feel like an extension of your home but blend seamlessly with its surroundings. Incorporating greenery and water features can help achieve this balance. Including plants in your deck design adds color and life to the space. Arrange potted plants or create built-in planters around the perimeter of your deck or on different levels to create a lush oasis that harmonizes with nature. Climbing vines or hanging baskets can soften edges while also providing privacy.

Water features add visual interest and soothing sounds that contribute to a relaxing atmosphere on your deck. Consider installing a small fountain as a centerpiece or integrating an elegant waterfall along one side of the structure for an immersive sensory experience.

Mistake: Overlooking Lighting Opportunities

Another frequent oversight in traditional deck designs is not capitalizing on lighting possibilities that enhance ambiance, safety, and functionality. Thoughtfully placed ambient lighting sets the mood for evening gatherings while highlighting the architectural details of your deck. Use string lights draped above seating areas or LED strips along railings for subtle illumination that adds warmth without harsh glare.

Task lighting ensures safe navigation around steps and edges. Incorporate low-voltage recessed lights under steps or mount solar-powered fixtures on posts to ensure adequate visibility during nighttime use.

Mistake: Disregarding Multi-Level Designs

Many homeowners miss the opportunity to maximize their outdoor living space by neglecting multi-level deck designs. Multi-level decks provide additional usable space without expanding your deck's footprint. This design can accommodate various activities, like creating an elevated dining area separate from a ground-level lounging section. Tiered deck designs create a sense of depth and intrigue that makes the outdoor area more engaging.

Mistake: Ignoring The Importance Of Using Quality Materials

Traditional wooden decks are undeniably attractive but may not be the most sustainable or versatile choice for every homeowner. Composite decking is an eco-friendly alternative that combines recycled wood fibers with plastic materials for a low-maintenance option that resembles natural wood.

Incorporating mixed materials like metal railings with glass panels or combining stone veneers with wooden accents creates contrast and adds character to your deck design while achieving a distinctive style tailored to your taste. 

Contact a deck contractor for more info.