Deck Styles And Layouts

Jeffrey Anderson | Improvement Center Columnist | December 13, 2011

Decks have grown in popularity in recent years and in many cases are no longer just a place where families gather to lounge in the sun--for some homeowners; they've become a warm weather outdoor family room. The type of deck plans you choose can depend on your family's lifestyle, where you live, and the size and grade of your back yard, but whichever plans you select, you're sure to enjoy the time you spend on your new deck.

Deck plans for any yard, lifestyle, and budget

There are many factors to be considered when choosing deck plans for your home, but the shape and contour of your backyard and your budget may be the most important. A deck contractor can help with designs that aren't going to disrupt your yard's drainage plan or detract from your landscaping. They can also provide you with an accurate estimate of costs and may be able to design a deck that fits your budget now, but can easily be expanded in the future. Here are a few deck styles and layouts to consider for your project:

  1. Classic design--a classic deck is just a simple design similar to what many builders include on their new homes. They're usually rectangular in shape and may include a set of stairs down to the rear yard. This is the most budget friendly design and may be a perfect choice for families who only plan to use their deck occasionally. Classic designs are usually very easy to expand in the future
  2. Classic plus--if you do a lot of summer entertaining, a deck with multi-levels or a gazebo might come in handy. A multi-level design allows for multiple groups and conversations, a separate grilling area, or even a hot tub spot that's set apart for a little bit of privacy. A screened gazebo can be a great retreat for when the bugs become bothersome
  3. Modern design--a modern deck design can be as elaborate as your budget allows. Many modern decks have outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, and separate dining areas. If you have a healthy deck budget and your family spends a lot of time outside during the warm weather, a modern design may be for you

Deck prices can vary drastically depending on the size and style and how complicated the design happens to be. An approximate cost for a simple classic design deck would be about $15 a square foot and the costs for a classic plus or modern design can escalate from there. If you would like an estimate from a local deck contractor, please fill out the form on this page.