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Turn your problems into deck solutions

Many lots do not have the proportions that lend themselves to deck construction. Narrow properties, shallow yards, steep slopes, or undesirable views may make building a deck seem all but impossible. Don't despair, because if you look for them, design opportunities are almost always concealed inside a problem.

Often, a deck can cover unusable outdoor space, such as a steep slope or small side yard, adding a comfortable and functional feature to your house.

Solutions to serious site problems may require a professional designer or licensed contractor. But even if you have to call in the pros, it's good to have a preliminary idea of what you want to do with your deck space. That way, the designer can base a proposal on the limitations of the site and also the needs of your family.

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