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The Importance of Custom Components in a Custom Deck Design

At Archadeck of Columbus, we believe choosing a custom deck design is comparable to buying a new car. Not everyone wants a red car, but those who do really want to drive a red car. Some drivers want an engine with more horsepower, and some want a more powerful sound system. The possible combinations as you mix and match the available features are almost endless.

Like car buyers, homeowners choosing a new deck should be able to select the features important to them. The right deck for your home and your lifestyle – size, shape, materials, amenities – might not be the right deck for someone else.

Custom backyard deck with dining area

That’s why custom deck designs are so important to us at Archadeck of Columbus – and why they should be just as important to you.

When we say Archadeck of Columbus _custom_ designs and builds outdoor living spaces, we truly mean we customize each and every deck we build. Each deck is unique because homeowners are unique.

Our Specialty: Custom Deck Creations

Dining area with pergola on custom deck and patio

We’re proud of the many custom deck ideas we’ve incorporated into our Columbus-area deck designs. Let some of the ideas you see here inspire you as you begin to think about your new deck. For example, take a look at this project (above), for which Archadeck of Columbus Received the 2018 Archadeck Design Excellence Award Grand Prize. While there are many custom components at play in this award-winning project, notice the custom bar area we built right into the deck design. Yes, that’s a bar, with bar stool seating for six, at the edge of the deck overlooking the patio. You can tell these homeowners enjoy entertaining in their custom-designed outdoor living space.

The Right Custom Deck Railing Can Set the Tone

Custom hot tub deck

You haven’t seen custom deck railings until you’ve seen these. They illustrate how railings can play a large role in establishing a deck’s personality. This Westerville, OH, deck addition, so amazing it turns gray skies to blue, features white aluminum railing with glass infill panels. The combination of aluminum and glass creates a clean, sleek design. Glass infills in a railing offer the ultimate in unobstructed views!

Custom backyard deck

Custom deck railing and balusters

Next, we have an amazing, unique railing design as part of a Delaware, OH, dull-to-dazzling deck-patio combination. The homeowners specifically requested a Craftsman style railing. We used contrasting materials – cedar and black aluminum – and spaced the posts and balusters in a pattern that is reminiscent of the Craftsman style. The unusual railing design adds character to the space, while TimberTech accent lights on the posts add ambiance and increase safety after dark.

Customize Your Deck with Deck Lighting

Deck lighting is another homeowner favorite when it comes to custom deck ideas. While custom deck lighting is always practical, don’t overlook its impact on your deck’s aesthetics after dark. Deck lighting is visually powerful! For an attractive example of lighting built into deck stair risers, see this beautiful multi-level deck designed to meet stringent specifications in Westerville, OH. This custom deck project is also a great example of how to build custom deck stairs. The entire deck sports several custom features including the stairs, picture framing, and railing cap. The best part is that _you_ don’t need to know how to build custom deck steps! Leave those details to us, because we are experts at what we do.

Custom Deck Gates Fulfill a Specific Need

Not many homeowners request a gate be incorporated into their custom deck railing. What that tells you is the clients who _do_ request a gate must have a serious reason for doing so. Usually they have pets that need to be corralled on the deck because their yard is not fenced. Others use gates as a safety feature to keep small children from tumbling down the deck stairs. When we say prepare to be amazed with a stylish new deck and pergola by Archadeck of Columbus, we mean “look at this gate!” The gate blends perfectly as part of this deck’s custom railing design and makes a handsome addition to the project.

Customize Your Deck with Privacy Features

All of the privacy screens, fences, and walls we design for our clients’ custom decks are unique. We can build them with the same materials used for the deck, or we can incorporate contrasting materials as a design element. There’s another option, too: have your privacy screens designed by a local artist, and we’ll install them for you. That was the case with the one-of-a-kind privacy panels featured in the article, Could your new deck and patio combination be a work of art? The Westerville, OH, homeowners commissioned these beautiful panels especially for their new deck. The privacy panels are made of powder-coated aluminum and, like the deck’s railings, will not rust.

Have you been inspired by these custom deck ideas? Are you ready to start planning a custom deck for your home? Call Archadeck of Columbus today at tel:740-879-3730 or email us at