Make the Most of a Small Backyard with 2 Story Deck Designs
If you have limited space in your backyard or want a unique outdoor living space, 2 story deck designs might be the best option for you. Here at Structurally Speaking, we have experience designing and building a wide range of custom decks. We’d love to meet with you to determine if a multi-level or multi-story deck is right for your home.
What Goes Under a Two-Story Deck?
A two-story deck has multiple levels with a balcony-style deck accessible from your second floor. But what goes underneath? We can customize your deck to make your backyard as functional as possible. Here are a few ideas:
- Keep the space as open yard space. Kentucky bluegrass, fescue, and St. Augustinegrass are all species that can survive in shaded environments. This article from North Carolina State University has more details about managing a lawn in a shaded area.
- Add a deck underneath. Since it will be covered by your second-level deck, it might not be a great solution if you primarily want a deck for grilling. However, we can extend your first-story deck to give you some space that is open (with a roof) as well as the covered deck space underneath.
- Enclose the space underneath to create a screened-in porch or sun porch. This provides a secondary outdoor living space that you can enjoy even if it is raining.
- Use this space for storage. We can enclose it or you can add a shed. It’s the perfect place to store lawn care equipment, gardening tools, bikes, pool toys, camping gear, outdoor decorations, and more.
If you aren’t sure how you want to use this space, we’ll walk you through the options. Our experienced design team will find the best solution for your home and your family’s needs.
Benefits of Building a Deck with Multiple Levels
Hands down, the biggest benefit of 2 story deck designs it that you get more deck space without sacrificing as much of your backyard. There are also a number of other benefits to building a two-story deck. Here are a few reasons to consider this kind of custom deck design:
- You could choose to access a second-level deck from your bedroom. While the second level of your deck could be accessed from a joint space upstairs in your home, many homeowners opt to install a door from their master bedroom. This allows you to create a very private oasis just for you and your partner, even if you have a full, busy house.
- A second-story deck can give you a better view of your property and the surrounding area. Imagine relaxing on your deck with a cup of coffee in the morning to watch the sunrise or a glass of wine in the evening to watch it set. A two-story deck could give you the beautiful view you’ve always wanted.
- Having two stories allows you to enjoy your backyard no matter what the weather is like. You have the second story to sun bask, while you have the first level to provide shade and protection from the rain. Options are always good.
Of course, two-story decks can also look beautiful with your home’s design. When you work with Structurally Speaking, you’ll get a custom deck perfectly built to suit your home’s existing architecture. We want your new outdoor living space to perfectly fit your home so you can enjoy your backyard.
Alternative Small Deck Designs
If you have a small backyard space but don’t want to build a multi-level deck, you do have other options. We can help you maximize your space and make even a small deck feel bigger.
First, is a deck the right option for you? Some homeowners think they want a simple deck, but a sun porch or small screened-in porch is a better choice. We can build a combination space as well, but if you have a small backyard, you may instead simply want to go for a more flexible option.
We can also use a few design tricks to make a small deck feel much bigger. For example, installing the deck flooring at a diagonal can help elongate the space. Built-in benches custom designed for the space may also make more sense than outdoor furniture, which is often bulky and doesn’t make the best use of the space you have available. Lighter colors can also trick the eye in some cases.
Another alternative you can consider is a island or floating deck. This deck option is built away from your house, with a path leading to it, instead of being attached. Depending on the shape of your property, this might be the best way to make good use of your available space.
Frequently Asked Questions about 2 Story Deck Designs
We’d love to meet with you for a free initial consultation to discuss if a two-story deck is right for you. At this meeting, we can answer any questions you may have. Here are a few FAQs we often hear from our homeowners about 2 story deck designs:
How much does it cost to build a custom two-story deck?
The cost will depend on a number of factors, including:
- Deck size
- What you put under your second-story deck
- The inclusion (or not) of stairs
- Special design options such as pergolas
- The deck materials you choose
We talk about cost upfront so we can design a deck that fits within your desired budget.
Does a two-story deck add value to home?
Yes! All outdoor living spaces add value to your home including 2 story deck designs. Even if you don’t intend to sell in the near future, a higher home value can be beneficial. It allows you to qualify for larger home equity loans and lines of credit.
What if I don’t like my custom deck design?
Don’t worry; we won’t start building until you are completely happy with your deck design. After your initial consultation, we’ll set up a design presentation. At this meeting, we can make any changes you’d like to the design. Contact us today to get started!