A Deck Style for Every House

Posted on February 13, 2017

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Editor’s Note: This post comes from our friends at Wood, Naturally, your one-stop shop for building and designing with softwood lumber in, on and around the home.

A deck is more than just a new outdoor space. When designing your next deck, consider a layout that works with the architectural style of your home. There is a deck style suited for every home – from a large mountain estate all the way down to a highly functional tiny house.

Wood deck with rustic white sofa an striped pillows.

A wood deck can add timeless style to any home.

For a modern home with an open floor plan, consider a wood deck that feels like an extension of the interior flooring. This decking was laid out in the same direction as the interior wood flooring and stained in a complementary color tone. When the large sliding doors are open everything flows together as one.

Modern deck design

Modern deck design. Photo courtesy of Steven Paul Whitsitt

In a more rustic look, this redwood deck was run in a V-shaped pattern to complement the large vaulted gable of the main living room.

A rustic deck made of redwood. Photo courtesy of Steven Paul Whitsitt

A rustic deck made of redwood. Photo courtesy of Steven Paul Whitsitt

For a multistory structure, an elevated space can be created to reduce the need for stairs. This pine deck was built on treated posts and extends off the middle story.

Elevated pine deck on multistory home.

Elevated pine deck on multistory home. Photo courtesy of Steven Paul Whitsitt

Also, consider ways to make your deck feel like its own outdoor retreat by building a pergola into the corner. Not only does this create another outdoor living zone but it also offers shade from the sun while the latticed walls provide some privacy.

Deck with a latticed pergola.

Deck with a latticed pergola. Photo courtesy of Steven Paul Whitsitt

Decks can be tailored to the lay of the land. In this case, a southern view of the lake called for a large elevated deck as the main space. Not only does the main deck and glass railing give expansive views of the lake, but also lower decks were well planned out and tucked underneath. These lower decks are shaded from the midday sun while not impeding the morning sunrise.

Upper and lower decks on a lake house.

Photo courtesy of Edwards Smith Construction

Just because your house is mobile, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have a great deck. By building the new pressure treated pine deck on porch blocks, this deck can also be moved anytime the house is relocated.

Pressure treated pine deck on porch blocks

Pressure treated pine deck on porch blocks. Photo courtesy of Jamaica Cottage Shop

No matter what type of home you have, there is a deck for you. What type of deck do you have or want to build? Let us know in the comments below.