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TRENDS IN HOME DECK BUILDING

Updated: May 19, 2023

When we talk about 'decks,' we are referring to outdoor installations that resemble terraces and were originally built using various types of wood. A deck is a wooden framework, or other materials as we will discuss later, supported on the ground, and it serves as a surface for placing various elements in the garden for recreational and relaxation purposes.


Due to their properties, uses, ease of construction, and maintenance, decks have become a trend in recent years.
Trend in deck building

Due to their properties, versatility, ease of construction, and maintenance, decks have become a popular trend in recent years. While they were initially built around pools, nowadays they can be constructed in patios, terraces, balconies, and gardens, even if the property does not have a pool. Over the years, decks have become a central element in the design of outdoor spaces, offering an excellent option for enjoying our time outdoors.


At PC Construction, we want to highlight some trends that are shaping the conception and design of these outdoor spaces.


TRENDS AND INNOVATIONS IN DECK CONSTRUCTION


Retractable, foldable, or mobile formats


In recent years, solutions like retractable, foldable, or mobile structures have emerged, providing an ideal option for limited spaces. These structures remain closed and only unfold when they are desired to be used.


Elevated and multi-level decks


Another popular idea in garden deck construction is the creation of elevated and multi-level structures. These decks are built raised from the ground, allowing for the utilization of the space underneath the platform for storage or other purposes. This design enables better utilization of the land.

Another trending idea in garden deck construction is elevated and multi-level structures that allow the utilization of the space underneath the platform. They are built raised from the ground, leaving a space that can serve as storage. These designs enable better utilization of the land.
Elevated and multi-level decks

Integration with landscaping


The fusion between the deck and landscaping is a noteworthy trend. It aims to create a harmonious combination between the structure and the natural environment by incorporating vegetation elements such as potted plants or vertical gardens. Rustic colors are preferred for a wooded or forested garden setting, while lighter and brighter colors can be chosen for warmer climates with a pool as the main element, complementing the natural sunlight.


The deck's design can also incorporate decorative elements like stone or other materials to create a contrast of tones and colors, making this space one of the coziest areas of the home. Flowers and plants are always a welcome addition to the decoration. Placing outdoor furniture such as sofas, cushions, hanging ornaments, and tables will make it more inviting and encourage better use of the space. Minimalist and modern designs with clean lines, geometric shapes, and neutral colors are key elements in this style.


The fusion between the deck and landscaping is another trend worth highlighting. It seeks to create a harmonious combination between the structure and the natural environment by incorporating vegetation elements such as potted plants or vertical gardens.
Integration with landscaping

Creative lighting


Proper lighting can create a warm ambiance on the deck, facilitating its use during the evenings. Trends include the installation of LED lights embedded in the steps, rows of lighting around the deck's perimeter, pendant lamps, or even solar-powered lighting.


Proper lighting can create a warm ambiance on the deck, facilitating its use during the evenings.
Creative lighting

Pergolas and Roofs in conjunction with the deck


Covering the deck with a pergola that matches the color and material of the deck provides a sense of continuity in the space. Alternatively, glass or other materials can be used to cover the top.


Covering the deck with a pergola that can match the same color and material as the deck provides a sense of continuity in the space. Alternatively, glass or other materials can be used to cover the top.
Pergolas and Roofs in conjunction with the deck

TYPES OF MATERIALS AND SHAPES FOR BUILDING DECKS IN RESIDENTIALS PROPERTIES


The most commonly used material for deck construction is wood, and there are different types available, such as Lapacho, Curupay, CCA-treated pine (a mixture of copper, chromium, and arsenic formulated as oxides or salts to protect against rot-causing fungi and wood-eating insects like termites), Pine, Incense, Eucalyptus, Quebracho, and Timbó. The support posts can be made of hardwood or pine, previously treated for outdoor use.


The most commonly used material for deck construction is wood, and there are different types that can be used, such as Lapacho, Curupay, CCA-treated pine (a mixture of copper, chromium, and arsenic formulated as oxides or salts to protect against rot-causing fungi and wood-eating insects like termites), Pine, Incense, Eucalyptus, Quebracho, and Timbó.
Types of materials for building decks

Additionally, there are other environmentally friendly materials, such as sustainably sourced wood or wood-plastic composites (WPC), that mimic the appearance of wood. WPC decks are made from recycled plastic materials and wood fibers, offering weather resistance, durability, and an environmentally friendly alternative compared to traditional wood.



Decks continue to be versatile and adaptable spaces. Design trends invite us to explore new ways to make the most of our outdoor areas, whether by creating multiple levels, integrating the deck with nature, or using sustainable materials.


It is always important to analyze the home's design and consider different installation options, whether it's at the entrance or in a backyard space. This analysis will determine the materials, shape, dimensions, location, and other final characteristics of the deck.


If you need further assistance with the design, construction, repair, or maintenance of your deck, remember that PC Construction is here to help. Contact us, and we will provide a free estimate for your project with competitive prices.




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