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Landscaping Guide For Homeowners

Hello, my name is Justin Malone and on this blog you'll find a lot of useful information about landscaping. When I moved into my newly built home, I didn't even have any grass in my yard, so I had to start from scratch. Before I tackled the project of landscaping my property, I did a large amount of research first. I learned how to plant grass seed, and when the grass started to grow, I researched planting trees. As my yard started taking shape, I planted shrubs and made flower beds. My next landscape project was building a fish pond and I completed it with ease after doing the research. I'm writing this blog as a guide for others who want to do their own landscaping and I hope that it helps you learn how to create a beautiful yard.

3 Backyard Problems A Multi-Level Deck Can Help Solve

Homeowners usually think of a deck in terms of adding a useful outdoor entertainment or lounge space. But it can do more than just form a place for the barbeque or your chaise lounge. In fact, a multiple-level deck can solve a number of backyard problems. Here are three you might face in your own yard.

1. An Uninteresting Exterior

Does the back of your home's exterior leave something to be desired? Because so much attention is paid to the curb appeal of the front exterior, the rear of the house may be visually uninteresting. This can be a particular problem for two-story homes whose boring exteriors can't easily be disguised with landscaping.

A multiple-level deck, though, provides many types of interest that extend upward. Use it to add color and texture to a plain exterior wall, to bring the landscape higher and add colorful flowers to the area, and to create useful zones which draw attention away from less interesting house features. 

2. Uneven Ground

Do you struggle with building outdoor entertainment areas or a swath of play-friendly lawn due to uneven terrain in the backyard? Then a multiple-level deck could be the perfect solution. You can add levels that are just one or two steps up from one another, or you might go all in and have decks that are a full level above another.

This allows you to work around a variety of natural ground-based obstacles. These might be utilities that cannot be moved, access points for the house or landscape, or even an old tree stump you don't want to pay to get rid of. 

3. Lack of Space

Many American homeowners don't get enough space in their parcel of land to do everything they want with the yard. If you find yourself in this situation, a multi-level deck helps add useful square footage and makes the space feel larger.

Keep in mind that a multiple-level deck can be as tall as your exterior can support. You could go so far as to add an upper-level deck as an outdoor space for the upper floor of the home while using the space underneath it as a naturally-covered main deck. Or add storage underneath to recapture some of the rest of the yard for other uses. And zones within a multi-level structure — such as for dining, lounging, or the hot tub — compact these activities while still keeping them comfortable. 

Where to Start

Do you face any of these common problems? If so, start tackling them today by meeting with an experienced deck contractor in your area today. Then, you can begin enjoying your backyard more tomorrow. 

For more information, contact a deck contractor in your area.