Here at Structurally Speaking, we design custom decks to specifically fit your home. One option some homeowners never consider is a two story deck. However, this kind of design makes sense for many families. Let’s go over the pros and cons of a multi-level deck so you can decide if it is right for your outdoor living space.
Advantages of Two Story Deck Designs
The most obvious advantage of a two-story deck is that it is bigger without taking up your entire backyard. This isn’t the only the only advantage, of course, but it is a major plus, especially if you like to entertain. With multiple levels, you have several spaces to enjoy your deck. You can create different seating areas with built-in benches or outdoor furniture. Additionally, you have space for an outdoor kitchen, planters or other garden features, entertainment areas, or even a hot tub deck.
Another advantages of a two story deck is that you can access it from multiple rooms in your home. For example, you might love to enjoy your morning coffee on an upper level attached to your master bedroom. At the same time, you can easily access your grill on a lower level from the kitchen.
Multiple levels also allow for a covered deck on the lower level. When we’re experiencing triple-digit heat here in North Carolina, you’ll love the shade an upper level can provide. We can also design your deck to have an enclosed storage area under the upper level.
Should You Choose a Single Story Deck Instead?
Two-level decks aren’t for everyone. The best part about working with the Structurally Speaking team is that we customize your deck to be perfect for your home and family. Obviously, if you have a single-story home, you probably also want a single-story deck. Here are a few other reasons why you might want a single-level deck:
- You have family with mobility issues. While we can build ramps as part of a two story deck, you might find it easier to keep things on a single level.
- Your preferred design aesthetic keeps your outdoor space as wide and open as possible. With a multi-level deck, you’ll typically have covered areas, which you may not want.
- A single-story deck can be less expensive than a multi-story deck. This depends on your deck design, of course, but having one level can help you stick to your budget. During your initial consultation, we’ll go over pricing for all options.
- You don’t have the space for multiple levels without major changes to the trees in your yard. We can tackle the challenge of large trees if necessary, but if you don’t want to remove them, a single story deck may make more sense.
Additionally, we know some people just like the look of a single story deck. There’s nothing wrong with that! In fact, we agree in some cases. Single story decks can look great with some home styles. That’s why we customize our decks for every family. There is no one right solution that works for everyone.
Other Outdoor Living Spaces to Consider
Along with decks, we also build a variety of other outdoor living spaces. If you aren’t sure that a deck is right for you, we can also discuss sunrooms, three-season rooms, enclosed porches, and more.
Keep in mind that it isn’t a matter of choosing just one type of outdoor living space. Many families choose a multi-zone space that combines a more enclosed space with an open deck. For example, you might choose a sunroom that leads out to a new deck. Or you might enclose part of your patio or deck while keeping another part open.
FAQs About Custom Deck Designs
Do you have more questions about custom decks? We are happy to answer them! Here are a few answers to some commonly asked questions to get you started:
What size deck should I build?
This depends on the size of your home and yard. With a two-level deck, you can keep more grass while also getting a bigger deck. The design of a deck can also make it feel bigger without taking up too much yard. During the design presentation, we’ll show you multiple options so you can choose your favorite.
Do I need a permit to add a deck?
It depends! In some counties and cities, you need a permit for any structure built up off the ground, including decks. Other times, you don’t need a permit for a deck since there are no walls/roof. We know the requirements throughout the Raleigh area, including Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, and more. If you need a permit, we’ll take care of it.
We also work with homeowners associations to make sure you have permission for your new deck. This isn’t a problem in most cases, since your deck is typically in the backyard. However, it depends on your specific HOA. If needed, we’ll help you get permission.
What kind of maintenance does my new deck need?
We build decks using many different kinds of material. Wood, especially pressure-treated pine is a popular options because it is low-cost. This material, however, does require more annual maintenance to prevent damage from mold, mildew, and insects. Other materials, such as exotic hardwoods, vinyl, and composite cost a bit more, but need less maintenance.
As part of your free consultation, we’ll discuss decking material options, along with required deck maintenance. We want you to love the look of your new deck. At the same time, we want you to be happy with how much maintenance you need to do to keep your deck looking great for many years.
Do you have more questions about your custom deck? We would love to meet with you to talk about your project. Click here to contact us and fill out the form to schedule your free consultation.