Stop trying to squeeze your lifestyle onto a deck that’s just too small to take it. That’s the advice from outdoor living experts, who advise thinking of your deck as an addition to your home – an additional room with the specific purpose of making your family’s life better and more fun.
How Big is the Average Deck?
According to Landscaping.com, the average deck is between 300 and 400 square feet. Many builders recommend that the deck be at least as large as the largest room in your home – however, frankly, here in Metrowest MA, the largest room in a home can be fairly small.
Our recommendation as creative deck designers is to invest in as much deck space as you can realistically use and enjoy. If you’ve got a busy active family, with pets, and you know you’re going to spend a lot of time outdoors, go for the 500+ square foot deck. By the same token, we’ve built large decks for smaller families who entertain frequently, enjoy gardening on their deck, do art outside, or have other plans that need a lot of space.
What About Second-Story Decks?
Second-story decks do tend to be smaller, with the local average being between 250-400 sq feet. Again, it’s helpful to be clear on the purpose of your second story deck during the design process. Some second-story decks serve as a private retreat area, accessed through a couple’s bedroom, that provide a setting to sit and watch the stars together or enjoy a morning coffee. These decks can be smaller than the second-story decks that will be used by a family seeking to enjoy the fresh air together.
Planning a New Deck?
If you’re ready for a new deck, or you know your existing deck needs to be bigger, the time to book time with your local Metrowest deck builders is now. Beginning the planning process in February means work on your new deck can begin in the spring and you’ll be able to enjoy it all summer long.