How We Design Great Decks

Horticultural Concepts sees that far too many original construction “builder’s decks” are small, boxy and needlessly block views and restrict access with railings, barbecues, furniture and /or narrow stairs. Our latest deck designs even defeat mosquitos, efficiently add cooling or heat, and enhance all kinds of entertaining. They are the real “family room” of houses for all ages. Adding or rebuilding a deck or patio home not only adds to its beauty but can extend your home’s living area, connecting the interior and exterior spaces visually and physically.

COMING SOON: See our deck design white paper here.

Mike and his team can turn your backyard into a private, stunning scene equipped with a hot tub/spa, a plunge pool, or even a kitchen (small or large) for outdoor cooking. During our process, you will see custom designs for your home and depending on your preference of options and landscape configuration. The best decks connect your home to and make use of the surrounding landscape in the overall design.

Consider Deck Designs That:

Let your views and access flow safely and easily easily with no furniture, railings, or barbeque obstructions
Include wide wrap-around stairs for comfort, safety, and extra seating
Have outdoor kitchen features for cooking, serving, and/or storage and disposal
Comfortably accommodates a hot tub/spa or even a plunge pool







Very Entertaining

Two levels in a small space add a great sense of dimension and spaciousness
Complete privacy with evergreen plantings to the right
Wide wraparound steps for extra seating and easy access
Outdoor kitchen for group cooking activity and serving
Planters for seasonal color and interest
Private, heated hot tub (built into the deck)


This Classic Combination Of Brick, Stone, And Wood Gives Lots Of Interest, Beauty, and Functionality

Multiple “coffee decks” give easy access to the home’s interior and visual access to the landscape plantings
Fieldstone walls at seating height invite relaxing conversation and attractively accommodate larger groups
Brown and ash gray tones in combination with stone relate to each other and work well with the dark wood


This Soothing And Unique Deck Has An Asian Theme

The gates and privacy screen on the summer entrance provide separation with convenient access to the drive and guest parking
Free views and motion flow from the design with no railings
The built-in planter contains a small reflecting pond with a bubbling stone fountain, adding the timeless dimensions of motion and sound to both the interior and the yard
The simple, gorgeous bridge detail crosses a stone “brook”
The entire scene sits nestled beneath a green Japanese maple with a the blood-purple cloud of another Japanese maple peeking seen above the fence


By surrounding this simple and sophisticated deck promontory with a stone wall and planter, this deck sits free of railings and any feeling of enclosure but is completely safe.
The view is free to flow to a pond below with swans and water lilies.
Gorgeous, but surprising and very attainable.
This is a Cape House! While the front yard must acknowledge the architecture, back yards are all about the views, fun, and casual comfort.


Trees built into the edge of the south-facing deck provide comfortable shade in the heat
All the wide stairs offer lots of seating with no need for chairs for even large surprise gatherings of family and friends
A large “spa” or hot tub (center with hard cover) also provides a convenient place for food service when not in use as a tub. It looks great with floating candles at night, too!

Horticultural Concepts in Newton & Wellesley, MA
Serving all of Eastern MA and Cape Code
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