Deck Designs – How to Pick the Right One

Decks are an excellent addition to any home. They add beauty & value, and can be very useful. Unfortunately, if you pick the wrong design, they may look unsightly and out of place. The deck should seamlessly fit into the design of your home and complement your outdoor space.

It’s very important to plan your design well; and getting a deck company like Gordmay to help with the design is a great way to make optimal use of the space. Here are a few aspects you will have to take into account while getting your deck designed:

Size- The first thing you need to consider is the size of the deck, especially if you’re placing it in your backyard. It’s quite common to underestimate or overestimate the size of your backyard when you are planning a deck installation.  You should walk through your backyard and look at your property thoroughly to understand its dimensions. You should also consider the movement flow and how a deck would potentially have an impact on it. This is the first step in the deck designing process.

Consider Levels- What kind of deck do you plan to install? Ground level, multilevel, or elevated? Each type of deck has their pros and cons. The ground level decks are the easiest to install and navigate through; they’re also the most affordable.

Multilevel decks offer considerable amounts of extra room which allows you to create more space in your home. The elevated deck is great for uneven or sloped terrain. You can ask an experienced Ottawa deck builder like Gordmay which deck would best suit the architecture of your home.

Materials- The next step is to decide on the materials.  The two most popular choices are:

  • Pressure-Treated Lumber – This is the most economical & most popular option.  Pressure treated wood is now available in a brown hue to resemble the look of cedar
  • Cedar – These softwoods are also one of the most preferred materials. They’re expensive in comparison to lumber but have a natural beauty to them that’s unbeatable.  That being said – if you’re going with cedar it is important to apply a stain when the deck is dry to prevent the greying in color with age

If you want more information or advice, our experienced Ottawa deck builders at Gordmay Construction can help you..check out our photo gallery to see some of our past deck builds Ottawa.  Contact us at 613 715 4841. You can also fill in this contact us form.