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3 decks with upgrade ideas

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Upgrading a medium deck
Floor deck plan medium size
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Storage bench
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Storage bench: Doubles as
additional seating
White lattice skirting
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Lattice skirting: Attractive
under-deck coverage;
hinges allow access to
handy storage area
Overhead deck
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Overhead structure: Provides
shade for portion of deck
2 boards light color
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3 strings of Steel cable
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Railing: Stainless-steel cabling

Upgrading a medium deck

With a deck this size it's key to consider how you will use the deck prior to finalizing amenities and upgrades. Add too much and the deck may feel cramped; leave it as a plain, open space and you may miss opportunities for outdoor fun. In addition to the options shown here, consider the following:

  • Cooking area with grill and adjacent counter space for food prep
  • Lattice screening on one side of deck to screen unwanted views
  • Built-in benches along perimeter for ample seating
  • Flower boxes integrated with deck railing, depending on railing style


  • Decking: cedar; diagonal pattern
  • Overhead structure similar to illustration, or flat-top pergola over portion of deck, with overhead in illustration
  • Skirting around deck, with one part that opens on hinge for storage
  • Metal wire railing, perhaps stainless-steel cabling
  • Built-in storage bench next to house, under window on left; doubles as seating bench

Continued on page 5:  Building a large deck


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