How Do I Determine the Best Shape for My Outdoor Deck?

img_3690When you set out to build an outdoor deck, you’ve got a lot things to consider. There a number of different materials you can use, from high-end natural hardwoods such as cedar or redwood, to ultra-durable composite materials that blend natural wood fibers with plastics. Then there’s the question of what built-in amenities you want, and which side of the house to built the deck.

But what about shape? This is also a huge consideration, and while many homeowners assume all decks have to be plain squares or rectangles, this isn’t really the case. Circular and ovular decks are also possible. There’s also the possibility of an angular deck with any number of sides (hexagon, octagon, etc.).

What’s more you can combine angular and circular shapes to create a truly unique footprint for your outdoor deck. So how do you know what shape is right for your outdoor deck?

The shape of your home

Not all homes are fully rectangular, and not all decks should be either. A home that has a distinct shape or outcroppings should be complemented by the shape of the deck. The final result should be a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces, and should be as aesthetically pleasing at it is functional.

The features of your landscape

Whether your property has a swimming pool, garden, waterfront, or simply an open grass lawn, the shape of your deck can be tailored to suit that landscape. It’s very difficult to change the shape of a deck once it’s already been built, so why not put some extra effort into designing the shape you really want—and finding an outdoor deck builder who can deliver it?

The amenities you want

It used to be that an outdoor deck was more or less a simple flat surface. These days, decks can involve outdoor kitchens, built-in fireplaces, bar areas, integrated seating, multiple tiers, and other features. If you’re building a deck with any combination of these amenities, you might need a more advance footprint for your deck. A qualified deck specialist will be able to help you decide on a shape that supports the amenities you want and looks great attached to your home.

Finding a deck builder who knows their stuff

There are some builders who really can’t deal with complex deck designs. If you’re working with someone who doesn’t have the experience or training to deviate from the simplest shapes, it’s probably best to stick with a basic square or rectangle. It’s better to have a simple deck built to a reasonable standard than a complicated deck full of mistakes.

But if you can find a reputable builder who knows their stuff, there’s no reason you can’t realize a more exciting shape that suits your tastes and your property. Look for a professional who is fully qualified, has consistently good reviews online, and can show you plenty of examples of decks they’ve completed in the past. That should give you a clear idea of what kind of results you can expect.

Client Testimonials

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S.Long from Franklin Township, NJ

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M.Lewis from Fleminton, NJ

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L.Cohen from West Orange, NJ

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