When to Build a Freestanding Deck


Category: Decks


When someone says “deck,” you probably picture a structure attached to the back of the house and used for grilling, relaxing and outdoor dining. And that is indeed a very common type of deck, but it’s not the only one. While many homeowners prefer their decks to be physically attached to the house, some choose to set their decks free. Why do people do this and what is the benefit of a freestanding deck? Allow our Maryland deck builders to offer you a fresh perspective.

What Makes a Deck Freestanding

Your initial impression about a freestanding deck is likely that it sits alone in the middle of your backyard. While it’s definitely a possibility, not all freestanding decks are that obvious. What makes a deck freestanding is its ability to support itself without relying on other structures.

A traditional deck attaches to the ledger board of a house, so that the house partially supports the deck and the people on it. This kind of deck doesn’t typically have footings on the side where it borders the house. A freestanding deck may look like it’s attached, but it would have its own footings on all sides. So it can still be entered from the house, but it is stable on its own.

Why Build a Freestanding Deck

Freestanding decks are generally more expensive to build because you have to install at least two extra footings. However, in some situations this may be the best or the only choice you have if you want a deck. For example, it can be impossible to securely attach a deck to a brick home or a home with a stone facade. And in certain areas prone to flood, a freestanding deck may be required by the building codes.

Where to Place a Freestanding Deck

Now let’s talk about truly freestanding decks—the structures that roam free away from your home. Why would you get one of those? Here are a few ways a freestanding deck can transform your outdoor entertainment space.

Overlooking a Great View

The side of your home where your deck would normally go may not offer the best vantage point. Does your property border a beautiful vineyard or feature a pond? Would you like a place to sit down and enjoy the sun setting behind the ripe grapes or the birds swooping over the water? That’s what a freestanding deck is for. It provides a level surface to place chairs, tables and whatever furniture your heart desires. You can turn it into a destination spot by building steps that connect your deck to your home.

Adjacent to a Pool

Not everyone has the space and the resources to build an in-ground pool. Meanwhile, an above-ground pool doesn’t require excavation and does the job just fine. The only issue is that above-ground pools are, well, above the ground, and pretty high too! You have to climb a ladder to get inside, and you can’t easily see what’s going on in the pool from the ground. Attaching a deck to your above-ground pool can solve all of these problems. With a deck, you get lots of space to catch some rays by the water or keep a watchful eye on the little ones.

Where the Party is

A freestanding deck can be a perfect spot for your summer get-togethers. Add a pergola so that you can hang lights or use your free-standing deck as a floor for your tent or open gazebo. This can be your place to host outdoor parties, hang out with friends, dance or enjoy the morning coffee. And the bigger you make it, the less grass you need to mow!

Interested in adding a regular or a free-standing deck to your outdoor space? Give us a call or contact online to discuss your options!

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