What are the latest decking trends?

Archadeck of Charlotte is one of the largest design/ build firms for outdoor living in the  USA. As the largest of the over 50 Archadeck franchises in the country, we have built over 23,000 jobs over the past 28 years in the Carolinas.

Like anything else, things change over time. What are the latest decking trends? There is a continued push to low-maintenance materials such as Trex Transcends composite deck and rail, Travertine stone decks, Flagstone raised patios, etc….

We are seeing a big push for picture framing decks with accent colors and materials. People are looking more and more to make their outdoor living space more than just a deck. They prefer an integrated outdoor living oasis. Decks are a big part of this, specifically for homes that are built on crawl spaces as homeowners do not want to negotiate steps right out their back door.

 

When we design decks today, people want outdoor kitchens that are conveniently built right on the deck such as the one shown above. They love fire features such as this wood burning outdoor fireplace built into the ground and up to the surface of the deck, wonderful for entertaining! The travertine tile deck above is both elegant and easy on the feet.

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Small ideas that have a large impact on your deck!

What are some things you can do to make your deck just a little bit nicer than your neighbors? What makes your home unique either aesthetically or functionally? This blog is about ideas that are simple that can vastly improve your deck!

Starting with aesthetics, sometimes it’s nothing more than just clipping the corners to create more character and give the deck a more interesting shape. From there, the direction in which you have the deck boards installed can improve the appearance. Whether it is on a diagonal or possibly a herringbone design. A nice touch is to create a picture frame look by running a couple of deck boards a different direction following the perimeter of the deck. This will require some blocking in between the floor joists. Railing options are plentiful. You can consider metal rail as an option or simply metal pickets that come in a variety of colors and styles. Finally, color makes a big difference. If you are selecting a composite you want to make sure it’s a color that compliments your house colors. Many times,we combine 2 different colors like making a border a complimentary color to the deck board or rail.

Functional considerations include step placement and width. The higher off the ground your deck is, you probably do not want real wide steps because they chew up a lot of your yard. The lower decks it is a nice touch to have wide steps, flared steps, or octagonal steps. By placing the stairway to one corner of the deck keeps the rest of the deck available for furniture placement. Lower decks also do not require rail in North or South Carolina as long as the rail is less than 30″ off grade. It can look nice using rail as an accent without going all the way around the low deck. We find multi-level decks add great aesthetic appeal but are not as functional unless you make each level large enough to accommodate either furniture or a grill or a whatever your thought is for utility of the space. This is an important consideration in deck design.

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Trex Transcends deck and rail with vertical deck skirting and an outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex Transcends deck and rail with vertical deck skirting and an outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this lattice privacy screen to keep neighbors view limited

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this lattice privacy screen to keep neighbors view limited

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