Nothing can elevate your outdoor living experience at home like a well-designed deck. This addition is multifunctional by nature, serving as a dedicated spot for afternoon cookouts and a private retreat during slower, quieter days.
Here, our experts discuss the features and benefits of raised and ground-level decks to help you decide which style fits your home best.
Generally, the design of your home dictates the appropriate height of your deck. A raised ranch-style or a split-level home, for instance, has the main living area on the second floor. So in this architectural style of home, the deck is commonly attached to the second story and supported by posts anchored into the ground.
On the other hand, a residence where the main living space is on the ground floor or that is raised on a foundation — such as a Cape Cod or Colonial — typically has a deck raised at about two feet high to meet the threshold of the back door.
A ground-level deck is a box frame covered with floorboards. This type of deck can be built on any level surface in your backyard. Think of it as an isolated nest in the middle of a lawn or under the sunshade of tall trees. If the deck is located next to the home but unattached, it is called a platform. Commonly built under 18 inches high, this deck does not usually require a railing or a permit to be constructed.
Ideally, a deck should take advantage of the existing landscape, such as trees and views, around your home. So make sure to consider its aesthetic when deciding which style you want to build.
Spruce up your outdoor space with a new deck. Timberland Exteriors is ready to provide the top-notch products and services that you need. To schedule an appointment or request a no-obligation estimate, call 651-439-1760 (Maplewood) or (218) 849-6675 (Detroit Lakes). You can also fill out our online form.