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Planning & Designing Your Home Deck

Are you in need of a new deck? If so, there are a couple ways to approach having a new one built! At Excel Builders we believe a new deck should start with proper design and planning. Our design process allows homeowners to see all of their options, including the costs, allowing them to make an educated decision about their purchase.

The images used in this week’s blog were taken from our deck design software.  For example, the deck below is designed with Timber Tech Railings and Timber Tech Decking.  Timber Tech Decking and railings is one of the many options that you will have when choosing a new deck.  Other decking options include Trex, cedar, or pressure-treated lumber to name a few.

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, there are pros and cons for any decking material that you may choose.  With that in mind, be sure to do your research, read up on each of the options available and decide on what decking and railing material will best fit the needs of you and your family.

In addition to choosing the correct decking material, it is also important to be thoughtful and considerate about your deck design.  Here are some considerations to take into account when planning your project:

  • Contrast Railings: Choose a railing that contrasts in color with your deck boards. As you can see in the image below, charcoal black railings make a striking statement when paired with a lighter deck board.  As such, this trend can lend itself to either a modern or traditional deck design.


  • Blended Railings: On the other hand, if you have a backyard that you love to sit in and enjoy the view, you may want to choose a rail and posts that blend with the deck, allowing your deck to disappear into the backyard. In this case, we recommend using a glass panel between your rails and post so your view is not interrupted.


  • Lighting: Deck lighting has become an increasingly important project element.  Deck lighting options include post cap lighting, deck rail lighting, riser lights, or recessed lights around your deck.  For exterior projects such as this, we typically recommend LED lighting which uses up to 75% less energy, is dimmable, weatherproof and waterproof.

If you're thinking about a new deck and want to discuss your options, contact Excel Builders to get your design process underway.

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