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Building a medium deck

Building a medium deck

A medium-size deck, such as this one, creates an outdoor room. At approximately 2015', the deck provides space for alfresco dining just outside the kitchen, with additional space for a small gathering or family activities. A deck of this size integrates better with most story-and-a-half and two-story homes than a typical tiny builder's deck, and it offers ample room for activities.

The raised deck offers the opportunity for enclosed under-deck storage. For locations with a view, alternative railing styles, such as stainless-steel cabling or safety glass, preserve the view in all directions.


  • Decking: pressure-treated lumber; boards parallel to house
  • No skirting; river rock or gravel underneath deck
  • Standard, most basic railing style around deck
  • No overhead structures

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