If you are building your first deck or replacing an old one, among your first thoughts will be what kind of deck to build. A two-story deck is worth considering for more than one reason. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, you don’t have to limit yourself to one deck style. It might also be more suitable for your lifestyle, as each section can serve a separate purpose.
The Basics of the Design
No matter how elaborate a two-story deck looks, there are basic design principles involved. These are the stairway and the landing. They must be sturdy and very well built to support the traffic and attractive so that they can be a focal point. Or you can leave out the stairs and access the levels directly from the house so that each deck has a bit of individual privacy.
This brings us to another point; will you have a freestanding deck or will it be attached to the house? Detached decks can work just as well, but the support structure will be different. Of course, a detached two-story deck requires more yard space. In either case, local building codes must allow the building of this structure. If not, you may be able to seek a variance.
Benefits of a Two Story Deck
Aside from the obvious benefit of having two separate deck areas, there are other good reasons to build this type of outdoor structure. Let’s take a look at a few great reasons to build a multi-level deck.
- In the summertime, the lower level automatically has enough shade to allow you to spend a lot of time outdoors. No more stepping out onto a hot deck surface and burning your feet. This is especially helpful with young children and pets.
- If you have a sloping yard, this is an effective way to make use of your space by building a deck with enough space to include items that would normally be in the yard. Children’s play things, for example, may find a better home on a flat deck surface than they do on a sloping lawn.
- It effectively increases the functional square footage of your home, and from a visual standpoint, it makes your home appear larger from the outside. Even a small deck or a balcony adds a specific appeal to a home. The addition of multiple decks provides a very unique appeal.
- The upper level can also double as a balcony, ad it can act as a natural extension of your master suite or upstairs sitting room.
Naturally, a two-story deck is heavier, so it will need the proper support. The construction of this type must also take into account adequate drainage. Rainwater must be directed away from the lower level using gutters and downspouts. Putting fencing between the deck rails is a good idea if there are small children in the home. Make sure that the seating does not impede the flow of traffic in the deck area.
If you have ideas for a two-story deck, we will listen to them and offer expert advice. We know what the right type of deck brings to your home so call us when you want to make the right statement.