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Designing a Small Deck

Just because you live on a small lot or have a challenging yard slope doesn’t mean you can’t have the deck of your dreams. There are a number of different ways to build a deck that fits in your yard and has the same features as bigger, sprawling decks.

Tips For Small Deck Building


One way to make a deck or outdoor space seem larger is by choosing more than one building material. For example, a wood deck accented with a river rock fire pit will add an interesting contrast. Or, if room allows, design a flagstone or stamped concrete patio extension, which will create a separate area for entertaining, as well as give the illusion of a space that goes on and on. A few brick or stone steps leading between them will help to further define each area.


With small decks, a good use of the area is key. Rather than taking up space with a large table and chairs, consider built-in features like perimeter seating and under-seat storage benches. This deck building design will give you ample sitting room for entertaining, while leaving plenty of room for a comfortable chaise lounge or two.

Arbors and Trellises

When you can’t spread out, go vertical! A trellis wall on one or two sides will not only provide a place for climbing vines and flowers, but will also give you more privacy. To protect yourself from the hot summer sun, consider an arbor-type roof over your entire deck.


Speaking of creating room for flowers, you can save floor space by adding built-in flower boxes around the deck as opposed to freestanding planters. Use a variety of annuals to add a pop of color that will last all summer long, or use the planters for growing herbs or small vegetables.


The layout is crucial when building a small deck. Layouts can vary depending on yard slopes, available area, and special features you would like included. After deciding to build a deck, contact the professional deck builders at FS Builders.

The deck builders at FS Builders have completed all types of projects. We have the experience to create small, simple decks, as well as complex, two-story decks. Part of the fun of building a deck is deciding which features to incorporate. Flower planters, bench seating, built-in barbeques, and decorative railings are some of the popular choices Wisconsin homeowners ask our deck builders to incorporate into their deck designs. Call 262-843-4496 today and make an appointment to design your dream deck.

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