Designing Your Deck Dec 13th, 2012 Today’s decks are so much more than just a wooden platform supported by posts. A well-built deck extends your home’s living space, bridging outdoors and indoors, creating a unified space. When it comes to outdoor living space, the options are limitless. Our contemporary deck-building techniques allow for a wide range of shapes and plans to suit a specific need or make an additional statement to your home. But in order to get the perfect deck for your needs, it’s important to first determine what your needs really are. Space and Privacy Decks offer versatility and a lot of extra space. But how should you configure that space? It’s important to think through the implications before you build. For example, having a multi-level deck for the space might sound like a good idea, but would that second level be next to any private family areas? If so, you might want to re-evaluate the decision. But at the same time, if you have a multi-level entertainment area inside your home, extending that with a multi-level deck can be a great choice. Amenities Amenities such as fire pits or hot tubs are a great choice if you like to entertain. If you love to cook, a full outdoor kitchen is a great choice. Whether installing a built-in-grill or built-in-seating, consider protecting your guests and amenities with unique shading. Railing Railing and balusters perform safety functions, but can also boast a beautiful design statement. From decorative railings to drainage systems, you can achieve continuity by matching the architectural style of your house or diversity by choosing a style that goes against your grain. Material Your deck can be crafted from a wide variety of materials. Cedar, redwood, and pine are common decking materials, and when treated can have decent reliability and weatherproofing. But many of our customers prefer a wood look-alike composite, which offers the look of wood with substantial advantages like less risk of splinters and maintenance-free durability. All of these options provide almost limitless variety. Whatever you can imagine, you can make happen. If you’re having trouble conceptualizing your deck, let us help! We’ve built many decks and complete outdoor living areas in San Diego, and we’re happy to share our experience with you.