Here, a decrepit natural wood deck that provided little outdoor living space gave way to a series of wood-composite levels.

After removing a single, upper-level wood deck, a crew from Deck Masters in Arlington, Texas, replaced it with a composite that resembled redwood. Added to the project were a lower deck, a landing or transition area, and steps heading toward the pool.

The switch to a composite surface also helped achieve the homeowners’ goal of a low-maintenance outdoor living area. “We added 600 square feet of living space with this project,” says Eric Snyder, Deck Masters’ president.

He views outdoor decks as an extension of the home, and shifts the direction and placement of the individual boards to indicate entry into a new room.