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Which Of These 5 Shapes Should Your New Deck Be?

by Kyle Brown

As you plan your new composite deck, its shape will have a huge impact not only on functionality but also on aesthetics. What shape should you choose? Here is a guide to five of the most common shapes and what they bring to the table. 

1. Low Square. The low square deck is one of the most common shapes for several reasons. First and foremost, it's a cost-effective and simple backyard choice. Many homes have a similarly-shaped patio, so the change isn't as jarring as it could be. The square serves as a blank canvas and is often the most flexible style. Finally, it has a simple outdoor footprint and works with many home styles. 

2. High Rectangle. While some homeowners extend the low square into a rectangle, the high rectangle has slightly different goals. In general, building a taller rectangular deck is done to increase yard functionality by recapturing uneven land or creating a two-story structure with lower storage or use. It is also often used to maximize a view by providing a long, wide area perfect for enjoying the sights. 

3. Curved. A curved deck is a relatively modern choice since it's best accomplished with modern, artificial decking materials. The curve is an unusual shape for decks, so it creates a visually stunning outdoor feature. It's also well-suited for a more formal architectural and landscape style. However, the curve does limit choice when it comes to usage and can result in some wasted space. 

4. Octagon. The octagon is a fun shape that creates a backyard centerpiece with less formality and a more rustic feel than a curve. With more straight portions, it can help you use available space more fully than a curve as well. Consider the use of an octagon as an additional feature on a relatively standard square or rectangle shape. 

5. L-Shape. The L-shape deck, or wraparound deck, extends the deck's surface over two or three sides of a home. It's ideal for challenging grades or soil conditions where the ground isn't conducive to much use. It also creates a low-maintenance and practical yard. Use the additional sides of this deck for utilitarian purposes while reserving the main section for entertainment. 

Which of these five shapes — or combinations of shapes — would work best in your backyard? There is no right or wrong answer, as it all depends on your terrain, house style, outdoor goals, and budget. Learn more about each option by consulting with a composite deck contractor in your area today. 


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ideas for creating an outdoor living space

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? Do you struggle to have enough space to hold family dinners with all of your extended family? If so, it is time to consider adding an outdoor living space to your home. Something as simple as a furnished patio can make your life a little more enjoyable. You could even go all out like I did and have a full outdoor kitchen installed. During the summer, I never use the kitchen inside my home. I am always outside cooking dinner, baking goodies and spending time in the fresh air. To get a few ideas about how to design your outdoor living space, go to my site.