Three things you must consider before building a Deck

Posted June 11, 2020 in 3D Design, Blog, Decks

Once you have decided to add a deck to your home, there are a ton of crucial decisions that impact the success of your project. You will need to establish a budget, carefully consider and select your materials, obtain your permits, and determine the best layout for your deck. If you fail to properly evaluate all your options or rush any decisions, you could end up with a deck that you are not happy with or doesn’t fit your needs properly.

This is why we are sharing the top 3 design features you must consider when adding a deck to your backyard:

  • Architectural Connection 

Simple pressure-treated decks off the back door have quickly become a relic of the past, but many deck contractors have not caught up to the new trends, styles, and features. Therefore, homeowners could be left with an eyesore that does not fit, flow, or connect to the existing architecture of their home.

Your home’s architecture should be a major factor in building your deck, or it will feel and look out of place. At MasterPLAN, we focus on the architectural connection between your new outdoor living space and your home so you are never left with an eyesore.

We will help you visualize the possibilities of your backyard transformation through a custom 3D design. Your 3D design allows you to see exactly how your backyard transformation will look and how it will connect to the existing architecture of your home.

  • Layout and Zones

If your grill is too far away, your chef might feel left out of the party. Neglecting to plan a space for food prep might have you running all the way back into the house many times and leave you missing important moments on your deck. Not properly planning how furniture will fit on your new deck might leave you constantly rearranging your space.

This is why it is important to let your favorite outdoor activities dictate your deck size, shape, and features. Taking a design-first approach, your MasterPLAN designer will help you identify and visualize the three key living zones to make your deck feel complete while helping you see how your new deck will flow and how your furniture will fit in your new space.

  • Materials and Maintenance

Sanding, painting, and maintaining your deck is probably not high on your list of desires when planning your new outdoor living space. This is why choosing the right materials when designing your deck is important.

Decisions about your deck material should never feel rushed. With MasterPLAN’s Love your Design Guarantee you will never feel unnecessary pressure or stress when deciding on the right materials for your deck. Your designer will help you select durable, reliable, and versatile material that will stand the test of time, provide years of worry-free enjoyment, and fit your desired maintenance commitment.


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!

CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR DESIGN MEETING!

(610) 628-2480

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