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Small Deck Ideas

A deck doesn’t have to be huge to work its magic. Even a small deck can give you the benefits of having your own outdoor world, right outside your door. This article offers useful ideas for small decks, whether you are thinking in terms of adding a small deck to your home, or if you already have a small deck and simply want to make the most of it.

Building a Small Deck

Deciding to build a small deck may be right for you if:

  • A small deck is proportionately appropriate for your site.
  • You want to conserve on materials costs.
  • You need to stay within specific code requirements for size.
  • You want to keep building time and costs down.

At Decks.com, there are dozens of deck plans available, with some decks as small as 100 square feet. This is a great resource to begin your explorations with, as it provides plans that encompass attractiveness, function, and strength in construction in low, medium, and high elevations. You can see full color 3D renderings of finished decks including rails, stairs, pergolas, hot tubs, benches, and planters. You’ll also find information about coding specifications, and the free Deck Construction Guide is for everyone from do-it-yourselfers to building contractors.

Another resource to get your internal dream machine going is Ideas for Deck Designs. As with CalFinder, Ideas for Deck Designs has an extensive library of articles that pertain to every aspect of deck design and building. There are many deck plans available for perusal, and photographs of projects, too. This website is a link-to site that leads to many other deck-related websites with just a click.

Making the Most of a Small Deck

There are many ways you can add visual impact and enjoyment to a small deck. These and many other ideas are from an article called 12 Small Deck Design Ideas:

  • Place furnishings on the sides of the deck to open up the central space and create the illusion of size while also allowing for much easier access and traffic flow on and off the deck.
  • Place any type of screening strategically to enhance privacy and block only those sights that are distracting.
  • Use plants with interesting textures in containers on the deck or in flower beds that border the deck. This will focus attention onto the deck and not the surrounding landscape. If there are stairs or steps that link the deck with the yard, use container plants on the sides of the steps to further direct attention toward the deck surface.

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