Free Deck Plan Ideas

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Free Deck Plan Ideas
A deck should be able to withstand the worst weather your region can dole out. (summertime dreams winter reality 1 image by tdoes from Fotolia.com)

Expanding your house outward onto a deck creates the illusion that your house is bigger than it actually is. Wood decking can enhance patio space and add an extra element of style to your swimming pool. Even a small deck can create a certain wow factor if you adorn and decorate it. Coming up with a plan for your deck is the first step, and you can find some plans for free.

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Round Deck

A round deck provides instant architectural interest. The curvature of the deck can make a statement by fitting it with rounded furniture like a round table and curved benches. You can further point up the geometry of your design by building the deck around a tree that provides shade to the some, most or all of the deck.

Small Deck With Hexagon

Size matters not when it comes to building a deck. You can make a small patio deck be a great place to show off. Building from sliding doors onto a square deck and then use one of the corners for a hexagonal deck feature fitted with a large umbrella. The square can be used for grilling and the hexagon can be the dining area.

A playground can be observed from a second-story deck built stilts. A stairway can lead from the second floor to a smaller deck on which you keep your grill or gardening equipment. Another pathway of steps can then place you on a sandy playground for younger kids. As the kids grow older the play area can be transformed into a clubhouse and then later a storage place for bikes, go-karts, mini-bikes and sporting equipment.

Adding a pergola allows you to use the deck even during inclement weather. A rectangular deck can feature a pergola overhanging half the deck while the other is constantly exposed to the elements.

Tiered Deck

A tiered deck provides a healthy amount of architectural interest. The first deck can be a step up from ground level that then steps up to the next level. To add even more elegance to this deck design, you could create a walkway that leads to a small gazebo deck utilised for romantic dinners outside or watching the kids while they play in the yard.

Spa Deck

A spa deck could be created that borders a hot tub or whirlpool. The tiered effect would be useful for this deck as well. Add a few benches for those who want to get in on the conversation, but don't want to joint you in the hot tub.

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