A sundeck can increase not only the value of your home, but the quality of your life. A deck extends your living space to the outdoors allowing you to live your life more ideally and take full advantage of every square foot.
If you’re dreaming of adding or renovating a deck, these free deck design tools can inspire your creative side and help make your vision a reality. To help you know where to begin, we’ve tried them out to report the perks and drawbacks of each.
5 Free Deck Design Tools
One of the few free deck design tools that’s not affiliated with a decking materials brand, this easy to use online software makes deck design approachable for any inspired DIYer. The program provides simple deck designs for you to base your deck structure off and allows simple resizing of the height, dimensions, and shape. You can only choose between a generic composite or pressure treated pine as building materials, which makes the usability of the downloadable permit plan, order list, breakdown list, and plan specs somewhat limited if you’re planning to build with another material. Despite the materials limitations, you can get a strong idea of the shape and design features you’d like to have in a deck.
This design tool has an approachable interface with simple options to give you an idea of price, but overall is somewhat inflexible. You can choose from one of three pre-designed deck layouts and change the total square footage, but not the dimensions. While you only have the option of designing with Trex composite, you can check out their various colours and railing styles to see what combinations you like. The software gives you a materials list and Trex can point you in the direction of a local retailer or deck builder to make your dream design a reality.
Although is shares other design tool’s limitation on building material selection, this designer’s robust building features are intuitive to use. It offers a range of customizability from deck height, dimensions, and railings to board rotation, lighting, and accents. You can even add furniture and accessories to complete you dream design. Your bill of materials is available to review at any time and you can print off a PDF copy when you’re ready. Whether you’re serious about designing a new sundeck, or just looking for some productive entertainment, this deck design tool is worth a click.
Similar to the TimberTech interface in look and feel, it is slightly less robust and less intuitive. It has everything you need in a deck designer with some fun bells and whistles like a custom landscape and lighting designs.
If you’re serious about designing decks (or you’re a deck builder) this software is a strong contender. Unlike previous options, you need to download and install this software to use it. However, it only works on Microsoft operating systems, so Mac users are S-O-L.
The #1 Free Deck Design Tool
While there are multiple easy to use, helpful deck design tools, one software stood out as a shining star: The TimberTech Deck Designer.
Even if you’re not planning on building a composite sundeck, this tool allows you to explore layouts, colours, and decor combinations to help you make smart design decisions for your new deck. It’s the most comprehensive and usable tool that we’ve tried, it’s even kind of fun!
If you’re looking for some expert insight on your deck design, if you’re not sure what material is best, or if you’re ready to build your dream deck, call 604-786-3325 or fill out the form below for a free consultation and quote.