Most people want to design their own deck but often do not know how to start. This is how we suggest you start. Try exploring the big picture; don’t get hung up on details. Use your imagination. If you are still saying things like “I want a deck just like our last house” you are not trying hard enough. Don’t be afraid to think big and bold. Perhaps you would enjoy owning your own private terraced oasis, an elegant veranda or some other unique atmosphere or destination that appeals to you. This approach will typically lead to better results than deciding on a replica of your neighbor’s deck.
You probably won’t be able to fully realize all of these visions but in the end it will be worth it if you can even blend a few suggestions of them into the final design. Now let’s decide upon what you really need to accomplish. Do you need a way to access the backyard from an elevated patio door? Do you need a good place to keep your grill? Do you need a space for outdoor summer dining, relaxing, and entertaining? Recognizing and negotiating your needs and wants will be a critical component in expressing your design intentions.