A deck should be functional: easily accessed, sized to accommodate your grill, table, and guests. It should be hardy, standing up to the weather rather than demanding constant maintenance. It should be strong, calculated to hold what you intend to put on it. For example, a hot tub requires special structural consideration.
But let’s not forget one thing: your deck should be gorgeous. You take pride in your home, so what you attach to it should be pleasing to the eye. Take one look at a deck by Parlee Builders, and words like “quality” and “craftsmanship” come to mind. Take a closer look, and words like “wow” come to mind.