Build Low to the Ground
Platform decks are the simplest deck style. They are usually built on level lots and attached to single-level dwellings. Railings often are not necessary because these decks are so low to the ground. However, homeowners should find other ways to highlight the perimeter. Built-in planters and bench seating are good ways to do this. Angles, curves, a large screened gazebo, and a sunburst railing provide both style and function for this deck.