Deck out your home

IN architecture, a deck is a flat surface capable of supporting weight, similar to a floor, but typically constructed outdoors, often elevated from the ground, and usually connected to a building.

The term is a generalisation of decks as found on ships.

In house designs, a deck is generally a wooden platform built above the ground and connected to the main building or even off away from the main part of the house to serve as an outdoor entertainment area, sometimes nearby an outdoor bar or pool side. When it is high above ground, it is generally enclosed by a railing for safety.

Decks connected to houses may often be accessed through doors and from the ground via a stairway.

One of the benefits of residential decks is that they can be constructed over steep areas or rough ground that would be otherwise unsuitable for building on or even gardening. Decks might be covered by an awning, canopy or pergola to control sunlight or might be constructed below the deck on a floor above in the case of split level complexes, the above floor deck can serve as a roof to the deck below.

There are numerous types of deck designs to be found in books, do-it-yourself magazines and websites providing options which have become increasingly popular outdoor living options in a world where many are too busy to spend a lot of time dealing with gardens, or where space is at a premium in high density residential areas.

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