Deck Tips: Determining the Right Deck Size

Deck Tips: Determining the Right Deck Size carroll landscaping

Depending on the deck’s purpose, how much yard space you want to maintain, etc., the size of your deck is essential.

Embarking on a deck construction project is an exciting time for any homeowner. Decks add joy and excitement to your life, from grilling and hosting parties—to soaking up the Sun while relaxing outside. Depending on the deck’s purpose, how much yard space you want to maintain, etc., the size of your deck is essential. Realizing you’ve built your deck too small or too large can be frustrating after the fact. This is why size is crucial to consider before beginning the construction process. Here are some tips for finding the right deck size for your home.

What is the Average Deck Size?

Homeowners usually build their decks wider instead of longer, giving them more space to add furniture and entertain guests. But, the size of a deck is usually proportional to house size, and every house has a different size and shape. However, an easy rule of thumb is to try not to make the deck bigger than 20% of your home. If you want more outdoor space, but your home isn’t very large, you can also choose to build a multi-level deck.

Determining Deck Function

Deciding on the size of your deck depends on its intended function. Identifying your ideal deck design will help determine what size deck best fits your home. It will also help you decide whether you want to add accessories like outdoor furniture, sound systems, or planter boxes.


Many homeowners choose to construct a deck to provide extra entertaining space. Outdoor entertaining, especially during the summer, adds a lot of fun and value to your home. If entertaining is a priority, it’s important to visualize how big you want the space to be. For example, how many people will you invite? Do you need to add furniture? Would you like to cook outside? The more specific your vision, the better you can understand the function of your deck, and the easier it will be to find the best deck size.

Property Restrictions

Before starting construction on your new deck, you must check with your state and county for regulations. You will likely need to obtain a permit. Additionally, be sure to check restrictions and building codes. Many county regulations can influence your deck size, such as:

  • Proximity to your neighbor’s property
  • Proximity to a septic system or power lines
  • Correct proportions for deck length and deck width

It’s important to note that each state and county has specific guidelines, rules, and regulations. So, be sure to double-check with your local agencies, and then call Carroll Landscaping to install your new deck! 

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Carroll Landscaping has over 30 years of experience with landscape construction, porch construction, deck building, and hardscape installation. Our award-winning landscape designers are passionate about providing customers with top-notch service and landscape design. Our landscape designers have a creative design outlook and work as a team with our installation crews to make your vision a reality. We are committed to providing every customer with the highest quality workmanship, professional and knowledgeable service, and creativity in design in order to surpass our clients’ expectations in every aspect of the project.

We serve residents throughout the beautiful state of Maryland including Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City, Eldersburg, Clarksville, Sykesville, Manchester, Westminster, and Woodstock. For more information and to schedule a consultation with one of our expert designers, contact us online or give us a call at 410-922-2416.

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