Like a fireplace on the inside, a timber frame home seems to need a great deck. Since the deck is such a prominent feature on the outside of the home, it can define the home’s appearance. This is especially true on sloped lots. When the lot slopes away from the rear of the home, the deck becomes an even more prominent feature. Here are a few topics to consider in order to get the perfect elevated deck.
Choose Your Post Width
For many homes, the posts supporting the deck will be of similar width to the posts inside the home. While this is certainly structurally robust, on an elevated deck the posts can feel narrow and create an airy character for the deck. If you desire a deck that feels more grounded, a thicker post may be in order. Also, using stone details at the base of the post can add further heft.
Consider Stone Basement Finishes
The finish of the basement below an elevated deck also highly influences how the deck feels. A basement with natural finishes like clapboard will have a distinctly different feel than a basement finished in stone. Wood finishes can actually feel darker, while a light colored stone choice can make the area under the porch simultaneously appear brighter yet massive.
Keep the Width Reasonable
It is certainly possible to build a fine ground-level deck that extends far away from the home. With an elevated sloped-lot deck, however, most homeowners choose to build a relatively narrow but long profile. This design choice makes sure that the deck does not completely define the exterior of the home, instead complimenting the overall appearance. As a rule, a deeper deck will have a lighter feel than a shallow deck.
Choose an Accent Paint
By painting the deck, you can greatly alter the feeling the deck contributes to the home. Lightly stained wood will feel light, while a dark paint color can help create a visual bridge between the home and yard. The Split Rock home, designed by Timberpeg IR Erich Diller, expertly uses its teal accent color on the deck and trim to create an elevated deck that feels right at home.
Consider a Covered Porch
For some lots and homes, a traditional deck just doesn’t quite fit the bill. In these cases, a smaller covered and screened porch may be more appropriate. This space can provide you with the outdoor living space you want while maintaining a more integrated appearance with the home.
We hope this look at deck design has been illuminating. If you’re looking to design a timber frame home, complete with the prefect deck, please contact us today.