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5 Ideas for a Ground-Level Deck

8/26/2015

Category: Decks
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Not everyone has the the space, the funds or the need for a large, multi-level deck. Meanwhile, compact platform decks are just as usable and attractive, and are perfect for ranchers and other single-level homes. Whether you want a place for your grill and family meals, a private retreat for you and your spouse, or an area for friends to come over and relax, a simple ground-level deck can give you everything you want. And our Maryland deck contractors will work closely with you to design and build the perfect deck that fits your style and needs.

Ground-level decks (or platform decks) can turn your backyard into a functional, usable space for you and your family, and offer homeowners endless possibilities for creating a perfect outdoor space.

Landscaping and Your Deck

One great option when building a new deck for your home is to incorporate natural elements into your design. One simple but stunning way to do this is by adding tall, built-in garden boxes to the edges of your deck in place of a traditional railing. Well-designed garden boxes or landscaping can transform the look of your backyard by creating a soft, natural transition between your deck and yard.

Built-in Outdoor Seating

Another option for your platform deck similar to the built-in garden boxes is to add bench seating to the outer rim of your deck. If entertaining is your goal, built-in seating is for you! Not only does this add to the seating capacity of your deck, but it also separates your deck from the rest of your yard, creating two distinct spaces.

A Seamless Transition

If your goal is for your deck to act as a seamless transition from your house into your backyard, you should consider a platform deck that gradually steps down into your backyard. By adding two or three levels to your deck, you can create a smooth, subtle transition between the two.

A Floating Deck

If you’d prefer your deck be a relaxing space that is removed from your house, a floating deck may be a great option. A floating deck is built on a platform completely detached from the house. This deck could be a few feet from the house, or all the way on the other side of the yard, it is completely up to you!

Add an Arbor or Pergola for a True Oasis

Arbors and pergolas can be added to any existing deck or included in the design of a new deck. An arbor or pergola can take your deck from average to sophisticated in no time. Not only do these simple structures add to the overall aesthetics of your deck, but they also provide relief from the hot sun, create a distinct sitting area, and establish a smooth transition from the house to the outside space.

Contact us today if you need help implementing these or other ideas for your new platform deck!

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