Spring is now in full swing, and that means it’s time to get out on the deck and start enjoying the weather! But what if your home doesn’t have a deck or your current deck needs an updating or overhaul? Well, that’s where the experts at MDV Remodeling come in! With our TruYouDesign™ process, our professionals will help you decide on the best remodel/addition option to fit your needs and your budget.

The style possibilities are endless for deck design – from simple to elaborate, a single-landing to multiple levels. Recent trends lean toward decks having multiple levels, each with a specific purpose.

In multiple-level designs, the main level closest to the house typically serves as a large open-air grilling and dining area. The next level down would be designed for an intimate lounging and quiet living room setting. Step down another level and enjoy a fire pit or hot tub. These levels might be just one or two steps down, but they provide a feeling separation that adds to your outdoor living experience.

Decks can be designed for double-duty uses. For example, a raised deck attached to the second floor of the home may serve as a dining, grilling and lounging area, while underneath that level may be a screened porch or an open patio with the uppermost deck acting as a ceiling enclosing the lower space.

Determining Your Deck Design

How do you decide on what type of deck will best serve your family’s needs and wants? A good place to start is to spend some time with an enlarged photo of the back of your house and some tracing paper to help visualize how a new deck might look on your house. Getting started is easy–simply:

  1. Take a clear photo of the back of your home.
  2. Print it out and blow it up to at least 8″ by 10″.
  3. Place a piece of tracing paper over the printout and sketch your ideal deck onto the paper, “attaching” the deck to the house.
  4. Try several versions and include railing and stair details. These sketches will help you narrow down your ideas and give your contractor a reference as to how you envision a new deck.

For continuity, you can match the architectural style of your house to the new deck. For example, a dark-colored deck with white balustrade railing and a dark rail cap would complement a traditional-style home. Whereas a deck stained in all one color with clean lines and sharp angles might suit a contemporary home.

Or, why not take a different approach to customizing your space? Make your deck resemble a tropical oasis with exotic big-leafed plants and swinging hammocks. Create a shabby-chic look with rustic furniture and faded fabrics, or reinvent an English garden overflowing with flowers and climbing vines draped on intricate trelliswork. Again, the possibilities are endless!

How you construct or enhance your deck is up to you, but it’s best to keep the structure of the deck simple and nearly neutral, the same way you might decorate a room inside your house. Adding areas of bright color with removable cushions, umbrellas, and plants means the deck will be ready whenever you are for resale. It will be the ideal canvas for staging a neutral palette quickly and without much expense.

For more information, or to get a fast, free estimate, contact MDV Remodeling today!

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