In the 1970's and 1980's most decks were basically rectangular shaped and made from redwood, cedar, or pressure treated wood. This is no longer the case. Deck design has developed into more sophisticated arena since the Mid 1990's. Today it is not uncommon to see multiple level decks with a variety of features such as built in kitchens, mood lighting, elegant railings, and distinctive floor patterns. Skilled designers can now take advantage of the pallet of high quality materials available. Everything from exotic woods to low maintenance materials can be used to create a beautiful outdoor living area.
Most professional deck builders use their creativity and experience to design one of a kind projects whenever the opportunity arises. Do-it-yourself builders can also break out of the box when it comes to deck design. Our advice is to learn as much as possible from photos, articles, and videos. Think about how you want the deck to function. Also think about the challenges of building a more complicated design.
Once you have come up with the basic design you can use Decks.com custom deck plan service to translate your sketch into a set of working plans. You can use these plans to get permits, order materials, and build from.