Here at Structurally Speaking, we specialize in building custom decks and other outdoor living spaces. However, custom doesn’t have to mean complicated. Sometimes, the best option for a home is a simple deck with beautiful finishing. If you’re looking for simple deck ideas, here are a few options to consider. Our team of deck builders can help you decide which ones might be right for you.
Add a Pergola
Pergolas work perfectly as a way to make a simple deck a little special. These structures don’t enclose your deck, but they can provide shade. Additionally, a pergola can give you some privacy if you have nearby neighbors, without completely blocking your view. They provide a structure for climbing plants as well. Here’s a list of native vines that work well in a North Carolina climate and can provide some beautiful greenery on your deck’s pergola.
Create a Simple Island Deck
Decks don’t have to be attached to your home. If you are looking for a simple design, we recommend locating your deck in the best possible spot in your yard. This might mean building an island deck and connecting it to your home with a walkway. These decks are also known as “floating decks” since they “float” in your yard instead of attaching directly to the side of your home. Island decks don’t have to be complicated to look stunning. You can surround this platform with flowerbeds or add a hot tub to create a simple but beautiful oasis in your backyard.
Use the Right Materials for Your Home
If you’re choosing a simple deck design, go for show-stopper materials. Most deck builders use pressure-treated lumber or composite. However, we can also build your deck using materials such as exotic hardwoods or cedar. We also have a wide range of color options so you can choose the look that works best with your home. Each material has pros and cons when it comes to deck maintenance. During your initial consultation, we can talk about maintenance requirements for different materials, as well as deck cost based on materials and size.
Install Outdoor Lighting
Lighting is another option for simple deck ideas. Outdoor lighting can create a visual impact even if you have a simple deck. It also keeps your family safe. We love having multiple outdoor lighting solutions that work together. Ambiance lighting can create a relaxing atmosphere, while safety lighting can make sure you can see the edge of your deck, stairs, etc.
Add Built-In Planters
When we build your simple deck, we can account for a love of gardening if you desire. Instead of traditional railing (or in addition to it), we can add built-in planters. Plants can make any deck feel like a vacation zone. In addition, many of our clients love growing their own vegetables. Tomatoes, zucchini, herbs, peppers, green onions, lettuce, beans, and many other plants grow well in containers.
FAQs About Building a Deck
If you’re interested in seeing more simple deck ideas, we’d be happy to set up a free consultation to discuss what might work best for your home and budget. Our team has experience building a wide range of different deck types. No deck project is too big or small for us! You can see some of our past deck projects here.
During your consultation, we’re happy to discuss all simple deck ideas you have, as well as help you figure out what would look best with your home. We can also answer questions about decks you may have. Here are a few questions our customers frequently ask to get you started:
Are simple deck ideas the cheapest option?
In some cases, simple decks are also the most budget-friendly. However, this is not always the case. Deck materials have an impact on cost along with design. We talk about your deck budget upfront during or initial consultation. This allows us to create a simple deck design that fits into your budget.
Can I build a deck myself?
You can build a deck yourself, but this is often a much bigger task than people realize. Depending on your city requirements, you may need a permit to build your deck. You may also need to grade your yard (i.e. create a level surface for the deck) before you start. When you work with our deck builders, we handle these things for you.
Working with a professional team also means that you get the benefit of our experience. Every custom deck project is different and comes with its own challenges. You may find yourself spending a lot more money when you do it yourself, and you may not be happy with the end product. Instead, work with a professional deck designer so you stay on budget and love the final result.
Is a deck the best option for me?
In some cases, a deck may not be the best option, even if you want a simple outdoor living space. It depends on your family’s needs, the size of your backyard, your budget, and your home’s design.
When you work with Structurally Speaking, you aren’t limited to just decks. We also build three-season rooms/sun porches and enclosed porches, as well as combination porch and deck spaces. You can choose the option that is best for you, and we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of each type of space.
If you’re ready to get started, click here to contact us today or fill out the form and a member of our team will get in touch. We look forward to meeting with you soon.