The Ultimate Deck Ideas Quiz
How do you generate deck ideas? You want form, function and fashion with a new home deck. So deck out and check out this breezy deck-ideas quiz.
Why are outdoor decks popular?
- because they are attractive and useful for recreation
- because they make efficient use of space
- because they don't cost a lot to install
What factors determine the size and style of a deck?
- the person's country of origin and cultural background
- the architect's design and the builder's skill
- the site, style of home, personal taste and budget
Should a deck match the façade of the house?
- It makes no difference if it matches, as long as it's functional.
- Definitely: It should match color for color, brick for brick.
- Not necessarily, but it should match the style and mood of the home.
How can you design a deck if your home is built on a slope?
- You build the deck on a different level, usually down a step or two, from the level of the home.
- Sadly, it can't be done.
- You make sure that the deck is built on pillars, since that is the usual way to access it from a slope.
What are the benefits of building an on-grade deck?
- They take little time to construct and are always freestanding.
- They're easy to build, rest close to ground-level and are attractive additions to single-story homes.
- They are eminently suited to multi-story homes and are easy to maintain.
Why do they often use PVC when building an on-grade deck?
- because it looks esthetically pleasing
- because it's a natural material
- because of the problem of decay and disintegration when the deck is close to the ground
Are wooden decks suited to combinations of materials?
- Not really. They’re ideal as wood-only structures and don't blend with other materials.
- Certainly. Many successful decks use combinations of masonry and stone.
- Yes, but they only look good with glass.
For a multi-level deck, what ideas can help to tie in all levels with some sort of uniformity?
- using color contrasts with each progressive deck level
- having an alternative sun-shade-sun platform arrangement
- using the same platform shape, railing design or bench design for each level
What are some effective ways to indicate a change in deck levels?
- positioning built-in planters and seating at specific spots
- placing arrows and luminous signs that clearly indicate levels
- sticking colored striping along the edges
How could you make use of plexiglass in a deck?
- You could use it in strips for railing instead of metal.
- You could use it for flooring so that you can view the ground underneath.
- You could use it as a safety barrier for children.
You want to build a deck with an unobstructed view of the scenery beyond, but your two-story home is situated within an area of trees. What can you do?
- Build a separate stairway, leading to a freestanding deck that is supported by poles.
- Build your deck on a series of levels, supported by a sturdy substructure, that allows you to see above tree-level.
- Cut down the trees.
What is the advantage of a deck over a good old-fashioned backyard?
- You avoid the problem of creepy-crawlies that are abundant in a yard.
- You can build the deck right up to the level of your home, thus creating an "extension."
- You use manmade materials instead of natural ones.
Which of these railing ideas introduce a hi-tech feel to your deck?
- tubular railing
- wire railing
- wrought-iron railing
Is there a spatial solution for a narrow deck?
- Yes. Remove bulky furniture to conserve the already-narrow space.
- Yes. Build a new deck.
- Yes. One idea is to add on angular popouts.
What do you do if there seems to be little space to construct a deck?
- You ditch the idea of a deck altogether.
- You knock down the side of your home that needs a deck and create the space for it.
- You sandwich the deck between available spaces, such as between fence and house.
The most practical deck has _____
- multiple access points
- paneled flooring
- greenery all around
With regard to architecture, American homes have been inspired by Roman and Greek designs since _____
- the 1700s
- the turn of the 20th century
What is a hallmark of Southern Colonial mansions?
- ornate facades
- expansive decks
What is meant by the "Craftsman" style of architecture?
- a style from the early 1900s that valued simplicity, beauty and "honesty" through craftsmanship
- an artistic style featuring hand-crafted materials
- a 1930s style of humble, low-cost craftsmanship
What were common features of wooden clapboard houses in New England?
- wrought-iron window grilles and oak facades
- expansive terraces and stained-glass windows
- large fireplaces and small windows