Design details that make the perfect deck

Posted November 12, 2020 in 3D Design, Decks, General, Landscape Design, Landscape Maintenance, Videos

Your home’s style should be a significant factor in designing your new deck to make sure it adds the most value to your home. But the most common mistake contractors make in deck construction is to simply attach a deck to fit an existing layout. Or sometimes a contractor will just replace the exact copy of an old wood builders deck. This approach will limit your options and stifle the creative process which could leave you with a deck that is difficult to maintain. Or worse..your new deck could feel and look out of place. This is why you should focus on creating a deck design that is easy to maintain, naturally connects with your home and is sized appropriately for your home and use!

Here are a few details to consider when designing your new deck:

  • Carefully select your materials

There are many options on the market when it comes to decking. Knowing which material will require the least maintenance while adding the most value to your home can be difficult.

To avoid a deck that requires staining and sealing, consider composite decking materials. This smooth low maintenance material is easy to maintain, doesn’t splinter, and you won’t have to worry about this material rotting. At MasterPLAN we love using cap composite deck materials to create beautiful, functional, and easy to maintain deck designs. Our design-first approach uses hidden fasteners to eliminate eyesores like nails and screw heads that are typically issues with old wood builder decks.

Tour this low maintenance composite deck in Royersford, Pennsylvania → 

  • Plan your deck partitions

If your contractor is not using a design-first approach to building your deck, you could end up wasting a ton of money on your deck materials. This is because deck materials are typically sold at certain lengths. So if your deck contractor doesn’t have a comprehensive plan for your build, you could end up wasting costly materials throughout your construction.

As designers, your MasterPLAN team will help you visualize a design and create a plan that makes the most out of your deck materials. For this homeowner in Easton, PA we designed and built deck partitions to extend their space and made sure no materials were wasted! These small details eliminated any safety hazards, maximized the use of this homeowner’s materials, and minimized deck maintenance so this family can spend more time enjoying their backyard!

Tour this Deck design in Easton, PA → 

  • Visualize your new deck layout 

Visualization is the first crucial step in the journey to creating the backyard of your dreams and having a trusted and supportive partner is essential. When you collaborate with MasterPLAN Outdoor Living, we help you visualize all the possibilities of your backyard transformation through your very own custom 3D design.

Your custom 3D design will show you exactly how your backyard could look and let you feel how your new space will connect to your home. This visual tool eliminates surprises and helps you save time, money, and space when creating your dream backyard!

More about designing your perfect backyard → 

Planning a new deck should be a very exciting experience, but we get that it is a significant investment, and you might feel overwhelmed with options about your deck design. You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners– just like you-  to build more than just a deck. We helped them design and build an outdoor living space that maximizes their home value, helped them fall in love with their home all over again, and made their backyard a magnet to life’s most important moments!

Here’s how we do it:

Call –Schedule a design meeting!

Collaborate – Create your perfect plan!

Construction– With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate Raise a toast in the backyard of your dreams!


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