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6 Tips for Designing Your Own Deck

A deck is an extension of your home and it not only provides your family with additional square feet of usable space, but it can also add years of enjoyment and relaxation to your life. In order for you to get the most out of your deck, however, it needs to be designed properly.


If you have an idea of how you want your deck to look, then here are six tips to help you design the deck of your dreams.


#1: Think About Your Lifestyle



Every home is different, and, as a result, there are going to be varying expectations that need to be met by outdoor living spaces. So, before you get too far into the design phase of your deck plans, think about your lifestyle and how your deck will fit into it.


For example, what will the deck be used for? Do you host a lot of parties for your friends or are you a person who prefers quiet evenings at home? Are you a grill master or do want something a little more permitting, like a fully equipped outdoor kitchen? Are you planning on having a spa installed or maybe some containers for gardening? Or, maybe you want a deck and patio combination.


When it comes to deck design, you’re really only limited by your imagination. It pays to think it through so your investment will be perfect for long-term use.


#2: Traffic Patterns and Use Areas



Your new deck is going to take a chunk of space out of your existing yard, and this could impact the type of activities you enjoy. Therefore, you will want to take into consideration your activities and how traffic will flow. Ideally, you want traffic to move smoothly through your yard so it won’t interfere with other outdoor activities.


Having an idea of the deck’s use areas will also help you streamline your deck plans. For instance, if you want to feature a cooking area, a dining area, and a spot for lounging, then you will need to account for all of the furniture those spaces will require.


#3: Decking Materials


Today’s homeowner has a wide range of decking materials to choose from, so you’ll have to think about the look, durability, and maintenance needed before making this decision. You might be wondering how much it costs to build a deck. This can vary significantly depending on the types of materials you choose.


While a composite or PVC product might be a little more expensive than wood, one has to consider the annual maintenance required to keep a wood deck looking its best. This can be both costly and labor intensive, and in the long run, wood decks can get pricey.


Wood decks also eventually rot and require replacement much faster than decks made from more modern materials. In fact, overall total deck costs over 10 years can be significant.


#4: Deck Location



Most standard deck designs feature the deck coming right off the house, but you don’t have to build your deck there. If you have a spacious yard, you may prefer a stand-alone deck that will put you in the center of nature instead of next to the house.


The view from your deck is also something to think about. You don’t want the sightline from your deck to be pointing at something unattractive or distracting. These are all things to keep in mind when designing your deck plans.


#5: Vertical Elements



The decking itself is just the floor of your home’s deck. It’s the vertical elements that really make a deck unique. So, when you’re designing your plans, think about the types of railings, skirting, and overhead structures you will want to include.


A pergola is a popular choice because it not only provides a bit of shade, but its rafters can also be used to secure a swing or hammock for the ultimate in outdoor relaxation. AZEK® Building Products has teamed up with Walpole Outdoors ™ to provide beautiful, low-maintenance, easy-to-install Pergola Kits and Shade Canopies in various sizes and styles.


#6: Use AZEK’s New Deck Designer



AZEK’s new Deck Designer app is designed to help you bring your vision to life in glorious 3D right from the comfort of your desktop, laptop, or tablet. With more than 140 distinct options, you can create your ideal deck or patio with complete ease. You can even customize your deck using AZEK Building Products materials and TimberTech decking, railing, lighting, accessories, and more.


Once your deck design is complete, just take the list of AZEK Building Products materials to your local contractor or dealer, where they’ll help you bring your vision to life!