Should You Build A Single-Level Or Multi-Level Deck?

Posted on: 20 September 2021

Your new deck will be a key part of your outdoor entertainment and backyard usage. But today's homeowners have many choices in deck design, starting with the decision between a single-level deck and multi-level decks. Which is right for you? Here are a few of the benefits of each design. 

Benefits of Single-Level Decks

A single-level deck's biggest advantage is generally its lower cost. Because it's simple, straightforward, and requires less additional prep or design, it is the most economical way to add a deck. If you're on a budget, this is likely the deck for you.

A single-level deck also has a smaller footprint in the overall landscape design of the yard. It will impact the look of your yard less than a multi-level design because it's generally lower to the ground and less obtrusive. 

Finally, having just one large open space provides flexibility of usage. You have a blank canvas to work with rather than being tied to specific locations or sizes for your different activities.

Benefits of Multi-Level Decks

The trend for many homeowners has been more complex multi-level deck designs, and for good reason. These are more visually compelling designs that offer something out of the ordinary when it comes to outdoor entertainment areas. It's a great way to dress up the back of a multi-story home, for instance, giving height and depth to an unadorned rear exterior. 

The multiple-level layout offers the chance to create different zones for different activities. It keeps these activities more separated, allowing more to go on at once. You can have a conversation in one zone, outdoor cooking or dining in another, a hot tub in a third zone, and even an upper deck connected to the second floor.

Homeowners with unusual landscape issues in their yard may need a multi-level deck. For instance, a property with a slope or trees or one with a naturally rocky backyard may find it much more expedient and effective to go over or around natural barriers rather than try to bend the property's elements to their will. 

Where to Learn More

There are many pros and cons to each type of deck design. The best way to decide between a multi-level creation and a single-level design is to consult first with a deck builder in your area. They will help you assess your needs, budget, goals, and property to find the perfect solution to make your outdoor space better than ever.