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Raised decks are common because most houses sit on foundation walls that position the main-level floor several feet above grade. Raised decks require railing systems for safety and stairs to make the deck accessible to the yard.
Raised decks have foundation posts that are exposed to view when the structure is complete. The structural members can be concealed with foundation plantings--such as shrubs--or with skirting, which usually consists of lath or lattice panels cut to fit between the deck surface and the ground.
Overlooking a steep hillside, this upper-level deck provides an unobstructed view of the lush new garden and Seattle's Puget Sound.
The towering height of the house and the steep grade of the lot called for a large, elevated deck like this one. Featuring shade from the pergola and privacy from the lattice railing, it provides an outdoor extension for everyday living.
To avoid a heavy appearance, the deck is supported by a minimal number of support beams, leaving the underneath uncluttered and free for other uses. The support posts and railings are wrapped in 1-inch pine to produce a more substantial visual structure. Decorative details, such as arches and plinth blocks at the column bases, provide an architectural sensibility that blends with the home.
To make sure your raised deck looks great and fits your lifestyle, take the time to learn basic construction terms and the kinds of materials best suited for building decks. This simple, pretty structure constructed by the homeowners naturally extends from the home and offers additional living space.
A series of outdoor spaces--such as this multilevel patio and upper-level deck--may suit the needs of your family better than a single outdoor room.
When done well, skirting should go unnoticed so the deck takes center stage. Staining this lattice skirting an earth-tone brown color helps blend it into the shadows underneath the deck.
Upper-level decks must take into account the view from the yard or street. This one uses decorative lattice arches between support posts to incorporate the posts into the overall design.
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