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No matter the size or age of your home, a custom deck is always an option. We at Scott's Exterior Maintenance not only want to help you design it, but also we want to make it a reality.


We bring years of experience to the table. We've done this long enough to know what works and what doesn't. We'll give you our professional opinion and do our best to craft the deck you've always wanted. 


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Custom Deck Building in Normal, IL

Don't be afraid to dream big when it comes to your custom deck. We've worked on decks of all sizes and shapes. Bring us your design, and we'll put our heads together to find the best way to make it a reality. With that said, we encourage you to take a look at our portfolio to see what we've done and to start generating some ideas. We also wanted to put together a guide to help you understand everything there is to know about custom decks.


Deck Components

With any deck, regardless of style, there are a few components that they all share: 

  • Balusters: Vertically oriented members, usually 2x2, that run between top and bottom rails and railing posts to provide a barrier
  • Beams or girders: Hefty framing members (usually 4x, 6x, or doubled or tripled 2x stock) attached horizontally to the posts to support the joists.
  • Flooring: Dimensional lumber secured to the joists and forms the finished surface of the deck
  • Footings: Concrete columns below grade that support the posts and, thus, the deck. On sites where the soil freezes and thaws, concrete is poured in an above-grade form and a cylindrical hole.
  • Joists: Horizontal framing members (usually 2x stock) fastened on top of the beam or flush with the ledger to support the decking.
  • Posts: Timbers (usually 4x or 6x) set vertically to support the deck framing. Posts are used on all but the shortest decks. 
  • Railing: The assembly made of rails, rail posts, cap rails, and balusters or spindles. 
  • Risers: Boards covering the vertical spaces between stairway treads. 
  • Treads: The horizontal, stepping surfaces of a stairway.


Tl;dr: Any given deck will have a frame, steps/a staircase, railing(s), and flooring. Below, we detail the different styles of decks, which may give you an idea of what you want.

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Deck Styles/Types 


A raised deck attached to the second floor of the home serves as a dining, grilling and lounging area. Underneath that raised deck might be a screened porch or an open patio with the uppermost deck acting as a ceiling enclosing the lower space.


Platform/ground level decks are the simplest deck style. They are usually built on level lots and attached to single-level dwellings. Railings often are not necessary because these decks are so low to the ground. 


Two-story decks provide outdoor access to the upper levels of your home. While the extra access is a plus, the structural posts and bracing required to support a two-story deck can create an aesthetic challenge. 


 Multilevel decks are a series of decks connected by stairways or walkways. These decks are perfect for sloped lots because the deck areas follow the contours of the land.


Freestanding decks are not attached to the house. This is a useful approach when the house's construction does not allow for a ledger board, which is bolted to the house's framing, or the house requires a three-level deck system. Freestanding decks are built with the same basic methods and techniques as attached decks, except footings, posts, and beams replace the ledger.


Contemporary - Less is more.  Use sleek, sparse, modern design features.  Basic shapes and clean lines.  Low maintenance materials such as composite, PVC, metal  and even stone using silcasystem_content. 


Colonial - Use elements of classical Architecture.  Symmetrical design.  Consider using white moulded railings with decorative posts caps.  Built in planter boxes, benches, and pergolas can be used as accent features.


Traditional - A cottage style that embraces decoration.  Octagons and chamfered corners help soften sharp corners.  Trim moldings and routered rail caps offer a timeless charm. 


Mountain - The perfect style for a log cabin in the woods.  Heavy timber framing with rustic log railings.  Mountain style decks look more massive and stronger than most other deck styles. 


Coastal  - Whether you live in Cape Cod or Florida a Coastal deck style is a good choice for a deck overlooking the sea.  Use Gray composite decking or cedar with white railings to blend into the landscape.  Glass and cable rails can work wonders for opening up views. 


What Size Deck Is Best For Me?

It's a common mistake for a first time deck builder to create a deck that is too large for their house or one that exceeds their budget. With Scott's Exterior Maintenance, you get a team of experts who can help you avoid making a similar mistake with your own home. Most professional deck builders use the following rules to help scale the deck to accurately fit the house. 




General rules of thumb: 


1)  A deck shouldn't be built larger than 20% the square footage of the house it is attached to.  

2)  No single section of the deck should be larger than the largest room in the house. 

Custom Deck Building Process
With each deck we build, there are a number of things we keep in mind. Chief among those are: leveling, staining/finish, maintenance, and water protection. We want to ensure that our decks are built to last. Whatever material you choose for your deck, we want to build a deck that you can trust for years to come.

Outdoor Deck Builders

If you've thought about adding a deck to your home, we're here to help you make it happen. Not only will it add a nice touch to your home, it may also increase your house's resale value should you decide to sell. It's a good investment all the way around, and so we're here ready for you when you are.

Custom Patios In Bloomington-Normal, IL


Patio furniture is the focal point of any outdoor living space, how you use your patio or deck should guide your choice of furnishings. If you’ll be doing a lot of outdoor dining, a table and chairs are essential. Do you envision relaxed evenings chatting with friends in a comfortable setting? Outdoor sofas, love seats, benches and gliders, arranged around a coffee table, can create an intimate area.


New cushions can completely change the look of your entire outdoor living space, and remind you why you fell in love with your furniture in the first place. Don’t just stop with replacing chair cushions, however. Add toss pillows in colors or patterns that compliment your chair cushions, and pile them on your outdoor sofa to create a comfortable, bright seating area.

Adding a firepit to your outdoor living space is a great way to extend your enjoyment of it well into the night. You don’t have to be a pro at building a fire to enjoy a firepit, either. A gas-fueled firepit nestled inside a stone-topped table makes starting a fire as easy as turning on the gas and flipping a switch.


Whether you prefer a big, beautiful four-burner 48,000 BTU stainless steel gas grill or a traditional round charcoal kettle grill, a well-planned and efficient grilling station is a must for outdoor entertaining. Be sure to outfit your station with your grill of choice

Deck Furniture


 Deck furniture comes in many varieties, the most popular of which are wood and wicker. Generally speaking, wooden deck furniture will prove more expensive, but high quality wicker can cost a pretty penny as well. The advantage of wicker is that it's lightweight, making for easy layout reconfiguration, and it can be easily washed with soap and water. Tables, chairs and benches make great deck accessories and they create a welcoming feeling for your deck.

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