When you boil it all down, you really have just two choices in decking materials: wood and concrete. It is important to choose the right type of decking materials because this will dictate the type of wood deck design. Wood decks seem to be the most popular choice at the present time.
Really, there is no one ‘best’ wood deck design – no one design that will meet the needs of every family. What will work for one home may not be best for another. Just because your neighbor did it a certain way does not mean that you have to do it the same way.
The basic requirement for all good wood deck designs is that the design and construction methods meet all local code ordinances for proper construction. Your wood deck design should also specify the use of good-quality materials (lumber and hardware). Lastly, and most obviously, your wood deck design should fully meet your needs. Feel free to discard design ideas if they won’t work for you.
In planning a good wood deck design, you need to consider what your limitations are. How much money can you afford to spend? Are you limited in available time… Read More