A deck should serve not only as an outdoor living space, but as a compliment to the design of the rear side of the house. The deck should appear as a natural extension of the house, rather than an unrelated appendage. Painting or staining the deck in a color which coordinates with the house’s color scheme will visually unify the deck and house, as well as protect the wood from weathering.
When designing the details of a deck, think about using the features of Lakewood’s porches. The railing for the deck and the deck stairs can look like a porch railing, with a top rail, bottom rail, closely spaced balusters, and hefty newel posts. If the deck is close enough to the ground that it does not require a railing, consider planters and benches to provide safety, comfort, and interest. The space between the deck and the ground can be filled with decorative panels of lattice. Landscaping around a deck of flower beds and low shrubs will help it blend into the landscape.
Traditional outdoor features that are alternatives to decks include stone
or brick terraces, arbors, and pergolas.
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