Pick a deck
Decks can be almost any shape imaginable, but the shape of your deck should not be an arbitrary choice. Design the shape of your deck to conform to the terrain of your landscape, the architecture of your home, structural standards, and how you plan to use the deck.
The least complicated installation will feature a ground-level deck -- ideal for a flat yard and single-story home. Because this design hugs the ground, codes may not require a railing. Combine overlapping sections to make a deck cascade down a gentle slope.
Beyond the simple ground-level platform, decks fall into the three categories as shown on the following slides.