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Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:57 am
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Deck designs should draw the eye to design details. Software cannot make a design interesting, nor can it plan spatial concerns to fit your family. You plug in deck dimensions and home dimensions and it spits out a cookie cutter design. The best way to come up with a magazine quality deck plan is to involve a professional designer. Someone that has designed hundreds of decks will always have a more intuitive sense for the design. Deck Designs can be worked around interesting features in your yard.
Here, they wanted to capture a wide view of a waterfront lot, and the awkward height of 50" made everything seem perched at the back end of the home. By lowering the main areas at one end, and balancing with a patio, we created a deck design that blended better with the long sloping lot. Deck designs should be a balance between what the client wants, with what the home needs for curb appeal. Here is a very bland stucco house, with little going on. The walls are stucco, 2 stories high, the trim is stucco.... no detailing to work with.
Why does this ornate deck design work in this situation? By tying in colors, bringing the hardwood floor color outdoors and keeping detailing at eye level simple, we had opportunity to dress things up in the top portion without overwhelming the site. We call this keeping it tasteful. If we had designed something with dressed posts and busy skirting and rails with hundreds of ballusters, the result of this deck design would have been an utter failure.