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Planning Your Own Backyard Escape
A garden deck can be one of the most rewarding additions you make to your home, as it not only provides an appealing focal point, but it is also useful for those times you want to simply relax or entertain. 

When constructing a garden deck, it is best to begin with a plan to help ensure your project runs smoothly and is enjoyable from beginning to end. Some things to consider while developing your plan include lighting, materials, and draining, all of which will play a significant role in transforming your yard into the space of your dreams. 
Select the Perfect Spot

When selecting a design for your garden deck, keep in mind that you can construct a deck anywhere that you would like in your backyard. 

Take a stroll through your outdoor space and observe the benefits and non benefits of each area. For instance, if your yard already contains a few plants, you could select this area to make designing your garden deck even easier. 

Or, if you plan to use your deck as a space to entertain, you may want to select an area that is within close proximity of your home in order to make it easier to transport items as well as provide guests with easy access to the bathroom. 
Allow the Site to Dictate the Shape
The area you select should dictate the shape of your space for maximum effect. For instance, while most traditional decks are rectangular, this may or may not compliment your space. Instead, select a design that naturally coincides with the lines and style of your home, which will help bring everything together.

If your yard has uneven elevation, such as hills or slopes, simply compliment these areas with a set of steps or various levels.
Consider the Drainage

So you don't compromise your deck's materials, be sure to incorporate good drainage. For instance, planters and pots should contain drainage holes complete with a drainage saucer to help keep your deck dry. Likewise, incorporating a raised garden bed allows for forced drainage away from your deck, which will also help keep your deck dry.
Consider the Materials

For instance, cedar and redwood, natural softwoods, add a pop of color, while also staving off rot and predators, while harder tropical woods like mahogany provide a bold grain and high durability as well as resistance to insects. 

Or, for added durability and lower maintenance, consider manmade composite decking.
Select a Shady Area

While the sun is welcomed, it shouldn't compromise comfort. Therefore, select an area with permanent shade, such as near trees, a pergola, or other greenery, when building your deck, or add an awning or umbrella etc. for instant shade.
Add a Privacy Barrier

Adding a privacy barrier, such as a faux brick wall, a trellis, vertical plants, or a lattice fence, increases privacy while also adding visual interest to your yard.
Select Pleasant Lighting 

Lighting adds yet another pleasant element to your deck. For a cozy, inviting look, consider recessed lighting, or incorporate strips of LED lighting for added flair. 

Lastly, understanding your local building code requirements when it comes to building your deck and faux brick wall will help ensure your additions are both enjoyable and safe.