Residential properties come in various layouts and designs. Some homes are bungalows or ranch-style, while others are two or three-story designs. Your house may be built on a concrete slab or feature a walkout basement. Whatever the configuration of your home, it is essential to have a basement deck that serves both design and function. You can choose from different options to turn your deck into a truly luxurious outdoor living space without compromising your budget. Here, we listed some walk-out basement designs and ideas that you can use as inspirations to add value to your finished basement. 

What is a walkout basement deck?

A walkout basement deck is a specific area in a home situated on a slope. The surface’s inclination causes the basement to be on ground level. Therefore, compared to the conventional underground basement, a walkout basement deck features an exposed wall and windows, which can bring in more natural light into your basement that makes your crawlspace brighter and cozier.

When you incorporate a walkout basement deck into your house, not only do you have an additional living space, but you also improve your property’s value and overall attractiveness. 

2021 Designs and Ideas for Walkout Basement Decks

Walkout Basement Deck with  Staircase

It’s always a good idea to install stairs on your walkout decking. Stairs do not only provide a fire escape but are also convenient and can be built in various configurations to make the most of your backyard space. If you decide to include a flight of stairs, be sure they are wide enough and that the height and depth of each step are comfortable and safe.

Some homeowners, however, do not prefer having a staircase in their walkout basement decks because this pathway will provide access to another entrance. That is why, before installing a staircase in your walkout basement deck, find out first whether stairs are required by the building code and consider all of the options if you are undecided. 

Walkout Basement Deck with Glass Railing

The height of a walkout deck often creates a stunning view. Ensure your deck design will not detract from that view by installing tempered glass railings or other styles that provide the safety required without blocking your line of sight.

Glass railings can get quite expensive when installed down the stairs, but thankfully thin, black aluminum pickets will create an almost invisible look down the stairs as well. This matches perfectly with the tempered glass railing on the main deck. Choose the same style of frame for the entire railing, and you will achieve a seamless look.

Walkout Basement Deck with Wood Railing

A wooden stair rail is an excellent addition to your basement walkout deck because it performs well over a long time. Unlike iron and metal railing that can be perceived as cold and unwelcoming, a wooden rail can contribute to your home’s warmth and comfort. 

Moreover, a wooded stair rail is easily customizable. You can stain or paint your wooden rail based on your preference or personality. You can also tweak the design of your wooden rail to match the overall aesthetic of your house. 

Walkout Basement Deck with Ultimate Multi-Functional Space

You can make good use of the space underneath your deck. Some homeowners close off the sides and create a built-in storage shed. Others install vinyl matting underneath the deck boards to provide weather-resistant roofing that creates a well-protected space underneath. Remember to slope the deck slightly away from the house and account for drainage; otherwise, you can end up with water problems near the home and in the space underneath.

You could also build a play area for the kids or design a small, shaded dog run for your pets. In any case, it is wise to use this space as much as possible and develop the upper deck to accommodate that use. Think about adding some lighting to help make this area comfortable and safe.

Talk to a basement remodeling contractor for more walkout basement deck ideas.

If your home was built as a walkout or you are planning to build a deck off of your second story, take the time to design the space well. From the stairs to the railing and even underneath, this area will be much more comfortable and usable when you take the time to design it right. 

If you are looking for a professional remodeling contractor, you are already in the right place. Paragon Remodeling has provided top-notch basement remodeling services in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland areas for over 15 years. We ensure that our basement remodels ideas and services will make your investment worth it. The projects we work on are not just renovation projects for us. We want to provide you with the comfort, warmth, and safety you deserve.