Is your deck reaching the end of its lifespan? Aging decks don’t necessarily need to be demolished. Many times the columns, joists, and other support structures are perfectly solid and re-decking is a preferable option. A wonderful client in Durham was pleasantly surprised when we were able to use the existing support structures to renew and expand her deck with new low-maintenance decking and railings.
Lower Level Deck Addition
This Durham homeowner enjoyed her shaded backyard view so much that she wanted more deck space to enjoy it. To give her an adjoining but distinct new outdoor living space, we added a second, lower level to the existing deck. We designed the lower-level deck in an octagonal shape and ran deck boards perpendicular to the existing decking for a visual cue to the step-down. We also created a matching, built-in bench to offer additional seating in this space.
Placing the deck expansion at a lower level offers several benefits. In addition to easing the physical transition from the higher deck to the ground level, it also adds visual dimension to the overall outdoor structure. Our Archadeck of Raleigh-Durham design team positioned the lower-level deck addition specifically so that the railing would sit below the sight line of people sitting on the upper level or in the kitchen. This keeps their view of the yard open and unobstructed, supporting the homeowner’s goal of having more space in which to enjoy the view.
Our homeowner wanted to spend as much time relaxing on her new deck as possible, and less time maintaining it. She also wanted to make sure the new addition complimented the color of her home’s siding and trim. To achieve both goals, she chose to use TimberTech Silver Maple decking and Timbertech Radiance Slate Grey railing. TimberTech is one of the leading brands of low-maintenance composite decking. The Silver Maple board is in the Terrain collection of Timbertech decking and is a PVC-coated composite board. The subtle variegation in the boards’ coloring helps to give it a more natural look and is complemented by the black aluminum baluster infill in the rails.
For both the re-decking and the deck extension we used CONCEALoc hidden fasteners to keep unsightly deck screws from showing, continuing the seamless elegant finish. Further accomplishing the homeowner’s goals of a low-maintenance outdoor lifestyle, we used TimberTech’s Radiance rail, which will never need staining or sealing. The black aluminum balusters also complement rather than compete with the beautiful view of her woods.
This updated and expanded Durham deck is a lovely outdoor retreat, perfect for everyday relaxation or weekend entertaining. The multi-level deck design makes the transition from the deck to the yard more fluid, enticing guests to enjoy the yard and the deck more freely.
If your Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill deck could use a renewal, extension, or is past its functional lifespan, call today. 919-973-1523 Your structure might be a candidate for re-decking. We look forward to working with you!