Does your home sit on a hill with a slope to the water? Lake homes or cabins by design are usually built on higher ground due to the water table. A house built on higher ground by a river, lake, or stream is less likely to have water problems. What comes with that terrain typically are some access and use issues for the land that slopes down to the body of water. This usually can mean slopes, hills, or even cliffs.
Getting the benefits of the water views becomes harder when the only access that’s flat is sometimes next to the house.A well-designed deck can transform slopes into level spaces that can be one or a series of outdoor living rooms. You can have decks for lounging, entertaining, swimming pools, barbecuing, and any other kind of outdoor living.
Our landscape designers can create decks that are either single-level structures that hover above the landscape, or multi-levels ones that descend into it. Here are some great decking opportunities to consider:
- A freestanding deck partway down the slope for the best views, enjoying the shade of a great maple tree.
- A floating deck that is off the ground – it seems to be nestled among trees and shrubbery .
- A viewing deck that has built in seating all around that offers a lot of scenery.
- Several levels of decks that wrap around the house, providing a variety of views.
- A multi-tiered deck system that steps down a cliff following the natural outline of the slope, with multiple decks.
- A multi-level deck that transforms a severely sloping hillside into a spacious outdoor living room.
- A stand-alone deck featuring an arbor at the end of a path, covered by climbing roses or clematis.
There are many uses for decks on waterfronts. Decks can serve as a substitution for stairs or a combination of stairs and landings that can make a steep descent to the water much more interesting. Give us a call to help you with your decking needs on 952-292-7717.