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Jump-start your deck designs with our Deck Design Guide

As I visit clients’ homes and prepare designs and estimates, I often find that with all the different choices out there, it gets a bit confusing.  Especially true with low-maintenance decks, there are so many choices of colors, styles, and options.

We have created a Deck Design Guide to help you navigate through the deck design process.  Or intention was to educate you quickly so you can learn the terminology and parts to a deck in order to make your decisions.  Once you understand that each deck will be made of the same parts, it’s easy.

For example, every deck has a fascia board (a vertical board around the perimeter of the deck frame).  You can choose your product like Trex or Azek or wood.  Next you would choose the color of the fascia board; white, dark brown, etc.

What about skirting?  This is part that closes off the bottom of the deck.  Do you want it or not?  What style of skirting do you prefer?  Solid or lattice-type.

Deck borders?  The optional frame around the decking.  This is a voluntary option that is not required but frames in the deck for a sharp, crisp look.  Would you like to add this to your deck?

How will the stairs be detailed?  What will the color scheme on the stringers, risers, and treads be?

We have photos labeling all these parts along with an exploded deck anatomy page to help you understand the terminology.  It really is easy to understand decks when you can use this as a reference tool.  You don’t need to worry about memorizing these terms, you just need to understand them for the design process.

The best part is, you can download our Deck Design Guide for free or fill out our form and we will mail it out to you.

Have fun with it.  Building outdoor spaces should be a blast, not a chore.  Leave the heavy lifting to us.


Steve Stelkic

Owner / Sales

About the Author

I founded Woodland Deck in 2000 to create decks and outdoor spaces to be enjoyed for generations. As a deck-building company, we are always looking for ways to better our products, services, and ourselves. We are passionate about life outside and believe that enjoying God’s creation is a rich gift to us.


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Let’s talk about your ideas.

We are looking to understand your dream and vision for the outdoors, but we don’t stop there. What are your likes and dislikes? How and when you are looking to use the space?

We start with a phone or email consultation to gather preliminary info that will help us in providing effective deck construction solutions. We are interested in learning as much as possible about the specifics of the project. Not sure what the scope is? We can help!

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