Spring is here, and it’s the perfect time of year to build a deck and make the most of your outdoor space. If you love to entertain outside, grill, or enjoy a restful evening under the stars, a deck is a great choice for you. Read on for our top tips on how to design a deck you’ll love.

Go Large

Bearing in mind how much space is available to you, choose to go larger, rather than smaller, when building your deck. Think about shape, and design to get the most out of the space you have.

Utilize the space you have to create a large entertaining area at the back of your home.

Design for your Lifestyle

Decks are not all one and the same. Think about the lifestyle you have, and the lifestyle you wish to have once your deck is built. Will you primarily use it alone? With a partner? Is it important to you to have space to entertain outside? Will it predominantly be used for family gatherings? Should it be accessible and/ or child friendly? There are many factors to consider when designing a deck uniquely for you and your home.

Multi-tiered or One Level

Designing for your lifestyle will include considerations such as this: whether to build your deck as a multi-tiered structure or on one level. Would you prefer to have a separate area to grill, or for children to play? Space for intimate discussion away from a larger party? Or would one larger space better fit your needs?

Multiple layers to your deck can create an interesting visual and break up spaces for outdoor entertaining.


Choosing the right lighting for your deck is hugely important to ambiance, security, usability and deck safety. An evening under the stars won’t be possible without at least a little light, and if you love to entertain, there’s nothing like an outside party at night.

There are also plenty of options to choose from when it comes to lighting. Some of the most popular options include:

  • Under rail deck lighting
  • Up lights, inserted into the floor
  • Step lighting, for additional safety
  • Rope lighting
  • Well lights
  • Chandeliers
  • Cordless LED lamps


Furniture and Aesthetics

How will you furnish your deck? It’s something to consider ahead of time, in case you would like to build in any bench seating. Also consider how you will keep your deck looking new! Traditional stains remain popular, but if you opt for a less traditional look, bear in mind that solid stain last longer than paint.

Adding furniture and accessories will take your deck to the next level in extending your livable space outdoors.


Whether your deck faces north, south, east or west, and the side of your home it is built on to, can greatly affect how much sun you will enjoy from your deck. Consider when you plan to use it most – are you an early morning person, ready to watch the sunrise, or a night owl with dreams of watching sunsets. Consider building your deck with sunny and shady sections to appease everyone on hot summer’s days.


Ready to build your deck? Contact Reliable Home Improvement for a deck designed and tailored to your home and lifestyle.

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