Adding an outdoor deck to your home is one of the best improvements you can make, with an endless array of benefits. Not only can a well-constructed deck add to the quality of life you’ll experience, it’ll also add to its overall value. An outdoor deck provides a place to reflect after work, entertain on the weekends, or simply to enjoy the outdoors with your family.
But as you get further along into the planning stages, you might notice a variety of decking options out there. But don’t fret – the many options before you is a good thing. Your personal taste, where your home is located, and how you plan on using your deck are all factors you must consider before you begin to build. To help you find the style that works for your home, we’ve created this list of different outdoor deck design ideas, so you can create a space that’ll keep you and your family happy for years to come.
The Wraparound Deck
A wraparound porch was a staple of many cozy, antique homes of years past. Thankfully, these quaint designs have been given a stylish revamp in many modern homes. A wraparound deck is a terrific idea if you live in a warm climate (Southern California is perfect, by the way), where you can enjoy the sun year round. If you live in a picturesque area, with impressive 360° views, and have the space, a wraparound deck is definitely for you. If your next door neighbor’s home lies about three feet away – maybe not.
If you live in a property with vast elevation changes, on a canyon, or have large boulders in your backyard – this is definitely the option for you. A multi-tiered deck maximizes space while working with the natural landscape surrounding it. When you have large groups of people over to your house (whenever that’s possible again), different groups can station themselves in all the little corners and crannies available to them – making the deck feel much larger than it is, and allowing for some privacy, too.
Probably the most popular choice in Southern California, an attached deck is similar to a patio extending out of the house – yet it’s made from wood, composite or concrete. For a guide to the best outdoor decking materials you can use, check out our informative blog on the subject. Attached decks are usually raised up a couple feet, and commonly attached to the back of a house.
Some properties are surrounded by uneven terrain, ancient trees or other obstacles that make building an attached deck a bad idea. Or maybe, there is simply one particularly beautiful and practical spot in your yard. In both of these situations, a detached deck is ideal. A detached deck gives you the freedom and flexibility to build anywhere you’d like on your property.
Lest we forget, the urban dwellers deck of choice – the roof deck! By building up instead of out, a roof deck saves space, and provides a wonderful birds-eye view for all inhabitants. When deciding on building a roof deck, you’ll probably have to consult with a structural engineer to make sure your home can withstand the weight.
We hope this list of outdoor deck ideas will help you build the perfect space for your home. And when you’re ready to protect it, work with the experts at WICR. With over 40 years’ experience, WICR will waterproof and safeguard all of your home’s outdoor areas, giving them added life, and you peace of mind for years to come. So you can enjoy that beautiful outdoor deck – worry-free.