A Multi-level Deck May be your Solution to a Sloped Yard for Beautiful & Useful Outdoor Living Space

When thinking about building a deck for your back yard, there are many aspects of the design to consider. What is your budget? What material are you going to use for the deck boards and railings? What color or colors would you like your deck to be? How big do you want your deck to be built? Then, there are add-ons to consider such as built-in bench seating, lighting, or a perhaps a pergola! What many people do not think about, however, is whether their backyard living space could be even more practical and more beautiful by utilizing a multi-level deck layout!

One reason to build a multi-level deck is to accent a steep grade in your yard. This is common if your house is on a hill or waterfront. Having a yard that rolls downhill from the back door can be difficult to use for entertaining. By designing a deck that steps down from level to level, valuable square footage can be gained that flows with your yard rather than jutting out from it. Incorporate cascading landscaping and perhaps a rippling water feature into the design to trickle downhill with the levels of your deck.

Adding levels to your deck design can help to distinguish different outdoor living areas from each other. Use one level for lounging furniture such as swivel rocking chairs, an outdoor sofa, and chaise lounge chairs. Accent with an outdoor rug, cocktail table and end tables to bring indoor comfort to your outdoor space. Another level can serve as an eating area with a table and chairs.

For the entertaining enthusiast, dedicate a level to bistro or pub tables and chairs and add an outdoor bar!

The easiest lounge chairs. Accent with an outdoor rug, cocktail table and end tables to bring indoor comfort to your outdoor space. Another level can serve as an eating area with a table and chairs. way to build a deck is straight out from the house. If your yard is sloped, this could mean tall beams and exposed substructure as the view of your house from the back of the yard. If you want your deck to be one large, single-level area, then post and beam wraps can help dress up the underside of your deck. Another option is to build your deck with levels at different elevations. A multi-level deck is more interesting to the eye and blends into the landscape better than posts and beams.

A multi-leveled deck is a great way to maximize the utilization of a sloped backyard, create separation in your outdoor living space, and add architectural interest to your backyard. Discussing this option with your contractor is a great way to get started!

Extend your living space into the outdoors! Get started today and give your family a space they'll love! Call DDT Home Transformations at 630-200-3945 or visit our website: www.ddthometransformations.com/contact to schedule your estimate!

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