Of course you want your new deck to take advantage of the beautiful scenery you have. Look out the window where the deck will be positioned. If it looks bucolic, then you should put the deck there. That's commonsense. But keep in mind that when you raise the deck, the view may be altered.
"If you have a 6-foot fence surrounding your backyard for privacy, raising your deck up three feet will position you looking over the fence," explains Lou.
If you don't want to look into your neighbor's backyard, you should consider planting trees inside the fence line that will block the view and create privacy.
You can also position the deck boards to trick the eye. "People tend to look the way the decking is going," says Lou. So running the boards away from a bad view will train the eye to look in the pleasing direction. An experienced designer or deck builder can help you capture the best view from your deck.
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