Looking to design your own deck? When you design your outdoor living space, you create a deck that is truly unique and totally yours. Take complete control of every aspect of the build — from deck material to how you pattern your deck boards — or get the inspiration you need to decide which part of the project you want to own.
To design your own deck, follow these steps:
Step 1: Choose Your Decking Material
When deciding to design your own deck, choose a durable deck material that is designed to last. While traditional wood is a common deck building material, even premium hardwoods and pressure-treated wood will deteriorate in time due to moisture damage and weathering.
TimberTech® capped polymer and capped composite decking is built to resist moisture and withstand the harshest weather — all while maintaining its nature-inspired beauty.
Why Choose TimberTech Decking
TimberTech decking is superior to traditional wood in several ways including:
- High resistance to mold, mildew, and rot due to advanced materials science and proprietary capping technology.
- Nature-inspired beauty with advanced color-blending technology and natural-looking wood grain patterns.
- Premium durability with all-weather materials so your deck stays beautiful and strong for years to come.
- Fully synthetic material from cap to core for superior durability.
- Advanced color blending and varied grain patterns for an authentic wood look.
- More design options with Multi-Width Decking.
- Durable blend of polymer and wood fibers.
- 100% synthetic 4-sided capping protects all sides of the board, even in the grooves.
- Realistic color blending that ranges from solid to cascading,
- Attainable and attractive.
- Durable blend of polymer and wood fibers.
- 100% synthetic 3-sided cap on the top and sides.
- Monochromatic and moderate color-blended options for a subtle real wood look.
Step 3: Choose Your Color
TimberTech deck boards come in a wide variety of nature-inspired colors across all our decking lines, from rich browns to soothing grays. When you design your own deck, you can opt to keep it classic with a single color across your deck or mix it up with color combinations.
Factors To Consider When Choosing Deck Color
Before you decide on a color, there are a few factors to consider:
- Your climate – Warmer climates will benefit from lighter colors, particularly from our TimberTech AZEK decking line, which is designed to feel up to 30° cooler on bare feet than competitive products.
- Your home’s color and architectural style – Your deck color can either match your home’s exterior color and style or contrast it for a more dramatic look.
- The atmosphere you want to cultivate – Darker browns and grays can be perfect for a cozy vibe, while light tans and grays can contribute to an airy, cheery atmosphere.
Soothing grays range from light and lively to dark and brooding, and everything in between.
Works well with: Coastal-style homes that emphasize neutral tones and blues.
Warm tans can be bright or subtle, but often have a golden richness.
Works well with: Traditional style homes that exude sophistication with a sunny air.
Step 4: Customize Deck Shape & Size
Deck shapes and sizes vary considerably, and choosing the right deck style when you design your own deck for your home depends on:
Your deck’s shape and size should optimize the space around it. A sprawling deck in a small backyard will look unsightly, while a petite deck in a big backyard will feel cramped.
Primary Deck Function
Does your family often dine al fresco? Do you enjoy a quiet reading corner? Your deck’s shape should accommodate its function whether you use it for one or many different activities.
Ensure your deck’s shape and size match your home’s architectural style for a unified look. Angled designs will suit a mid-century modern home, for instance, but maybe not a traditional home.
Step 5: Prep for Your Build
After you decide on the decking material, color, and deck shape you prefer, it’s time to build.
While it’s always fun to design your own deck, you may find you prefer to partner with an expert once it’s time to choose your fasteners. More complex deck builds will likely require a contractor, while simpler deck designs can be more feasible to take on yourself. If you DIY your deck build, be aware of residential building codes in your area, and contact your town hall for a permit, if needed.
DIY Deck Building
Work With a Pro
Working with a TimberTech-registered contractor can ensure your deck gets built right, so you and your family can enjoy it safely for years to come.
Step 6: Launch Deck Designer
Now that you have a step-by-step guide to design your own deck, it’s time to get started. Use our 3D Deck Design tool to design your perfect outdoor living space — and of course, save your design to share with your contractor once it’s time to break ground.
Turn Your Deck Dream Into Design
Play with shapes, colors, lighting, and railing to bring your deck ideas to life with our custom Deck Designer tool.