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Deck Design Ideas for a Platform Deck


It’s spring and that means it’s time to start planning outdoor projects. Maybe this spring you are finally ready to commit to that deck you’ve always wanted? Our Pennsylvania deck contractors are here to help! If you think you can’t afford a deck right now, consider building a platform deck. It’s a popular choice with our customers and you can get a lot of use and joy out of it!

What is a Platform Deck?

A platform deck is a single-level deck typically added to the back of your home. If your home has a rear door, a platform deck can extend your living space and create an outdoor oasis for you and your family. Or maybe you’d prefer to build a stand-alone platform deck away from your house to help enjoy a beautiful view. With a platform deck your options are endless, and our expert designers at Custom Deck Builders would love to work closely with you to design the perfect space for you. Here are some ideas to help you imagine the deck of your dreams.

Living Room Extension Deck

To extend your living space into the outdoors, add a platform deck off the back of your house. Perhaps, you’d like an outdoor kitchen and grilling area? Or maybe you could use an outdoor dining space you can enjoy in spring, summer and fall with friends and family? A platform deck is a smart way to maximize your outdoor living area, while adding to the value of your home.

Floating Deck

If your primary goal in adding a deck is for escape and relaxation, consider a floating deck. A floating deck is detached from your home and can be located anywhere on your property. Mentally, walking away from your home through your yard to a separate space can help you disconnect from the stresses of everyday life. Visually, a detached deck creates a wonderful oasis in your yard, away from the road and from the neighbors. If you are lucky enough to have a property that overlooks a beautiful scenery like an open field or a vineyard, we highly recommend a floating deck!

Cascading Deck

Is your backyard a one huge steep slope? That’s not an ideal space for outdoor entertainment, is it? A common way to address the steep slope is by building patio terraces with retaining walls. However, you can achieve the same result with a cascading platform deck. It will help you turn your hill into an asset, rather than a headache. These decks have multiple levels connected by stairs or walkways, creating distinct spaces that can be used for different purposes. You can have a space for an outdoor kitchen, dining area or a fire pit! A multi-level deck, when done right, adds curb appeal and value to your home if your yard isn’t ideal.

Platform Deck Add-ons

Once you’ve decided to add a platform deck to your home, there are some add-ons to consider that can increase your enjoyment of your outdoor space, as well as increase your home’s value. An outdoor kitchen offers functionality and can make your outdoor entertaining much easier. A fire pit or outdoor fireplace is also a nice add-on to a platform deck, giving you and your guests a place to gather and socialize, while making your outdoor space usable into the cooler fall months. A pergola can also provide shade for you and your guests.

At Custom Deck Builders our skilled deck contractors will work closely with you to design the deck of your dreams, so give us a call to get started today!


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