DC Deck Designs

DC in Spring

Is there any place more picturesque than Washington, DC in the springtime? Cherry blossoms, greenery and breezy weather. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of city life, so what easier way to wind down than a beautiful DC deck?

Below are some tips and tricks on creating a practical but beautiful space to make the most of your spring.

Practical, not Extravagant

If you’re looking to stay on a budget, it’s important to think practical. But, that doesn’t mean you need to skimp on beauty! It just takes careful planning, and a bit of design sense.  

Before you begin, ask yourself some questions, like…

  1.      Why do I want a deck?
  2.      How often do I entertain?
  3.      What is my budget?
  4.      What can I handle in terms of upkeep?
  5.      What are my deck needs, versus wants?
  6.       How big of a deck will I need?

 

Washington DC Deck Design - Margery Wedderburn Interiors

Determining things like table placement, door location, size and entertaining needs are an important first step to figuring out what will work best for your family and space, and staying realistic in terms of design expectations.

The Fun Stuff

Now that you’ve built yourself a roadmap and cemented down a plan, it’s time to get down to some of the design elements.

These elements will include:

  1.      Color & Style
  2.      Railing

 

Color & Style

Orange Undertone DC Deck - Margery Wedderburn Interiors

Are you interested in a vibrant, statement color like orange?

Gray DC Deck - Margery Wedderburn Interiors

Or, a nice contemporary gray to accentuate a white exterior?

Also, pay attention to the direction of the wood. Do you prefer a custom pattern like herringbone, or something a bit more straight-forward like the two above examples?

Railing

Margery Wedderburn Interiors - Contemporary DC Deck Design

The railing style above is a contemporary take that  highlights the beautiful scenery.

Serene DC Deck Design - Margery Wedderburn Interiors

A mixture of white railing with black stiles and natural colored floors adds a clean contrast and character to this deck without crowding the eye or taking away from the beauty of the outdoors.

White Railing - DC Deck Design - Margery Wedderburn Interiors

The deck featured above is a wonderful mix of both worlds, combining the white railing with wood accents and black stiles.

Now that you’ve reviewed the more fun elements, it’s time to get down to the details!

The Not-So Fun Stuff

Now that you’ve built yourself a road-map and cemented down a plan, it’s time to work out some of the smaller details like…

  1.      Material of the Deck
  2.      Stair Placement & Risers (if needed)

 

Material of the Deck

We suggest that the deck be a composite material so that you do not have to replace it in 5 years like you would with real wood. The composites these days are fabulous! Composite material also allows you to hide the screws so it has a smoother, cleaner look.

White Risers - DC Deck Design - Margery Wedderburn Interiors

This example shows the seamless nature of these composite boards, held together with little grooves and clips underneath.

Composite Wood - DC Deck Design - Margery Wedderburn Interiors

The color of this composite wood above is an incredibly popular one that many people select. The color featured above is perfect for someone looking for more of a traditional feel. Plus, it takes inspiration from the beauty of the natural surrounding elements.  

Stair Placement & Risers

Raised White Deck - Margery Wedderburn interiors

When deciding on stair placement, consider both functionality and aesthetic. Think about the visual from behind your home, as well as on the deck. The stairs should be one with the design!  

White Risers - DC Deck Design - Margery Wedderburn Interiors

The risers above are made with the same composite wood, and give the stairs a clean look for those that don’t want to see anything underneath the deck.

Need help revamping your DC deck? Contact us today!

Happy spring.

Margery Wedderburn

 

 

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