Charmean Neithart, Houzz employee
A deck can wonderfully bridge the gap between inside and outside and provides an inviting, comfortable space from which to enjoy your garden. And far from being a simple rectangle on the back of the house, a deck can be customized to suit your home and lifestyle. Read 17 deck designs to let your creativity run wild.
1st corner deck. If your home is “missing” a corner in the layout, filling in the outside area with a corner deck can complement the architecture. And if you can add sliding glass doors that lead to the deck, so much the better.
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2. Party deck. If your yard is all about outdoor entertainment, consider ways to incorporate your favorite party features into the deck plan. The party room shown here has space for a hammock, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, and plenty of built-in seating.
3. Deck made of mixed materials. The combination of wooden terraces with concrete elements – such as the low wall and stairs shown here – is particularly suitable for modern, modern and urban houses. In addition to walls and stairs, consider working in a concrete planter or built-in bench.
4. Tree hugging deck. Custom mounting a deck around a tree is a wonderful way to further integrate the deck into the yard. Before starting work, consult an arborist to make sure there is enough room for the mature size of the tree.
5. Petite deck. When you incorporate a deck into a smaller yard, the space actually feels bigger – and is more user-friendly. The owners of this charming Spanish colonial bungalow in Southern California built a deck that extended into the courtyard, making optimal use of the space between old yucca trees.
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6. Dining deck. Do you love to eat outdoors? Planning your deck to match your dream dining table and placing it for maximum dining enjoyment – not too far from the house and under a tree (which can hold fairy lights or lanterns) would be ideal.
7. Curved deck. Balance the straight lines and sharp angles of a modern or contemporary home with a gently curved deck. Steps to the deck area and a concrete retaining wall surround a feeling of security and a bit of wind protection.
8. Master bedroom deck. Decks don’t have to be huge to have a big (and very positive) effect on lifestyle. Case in point: a small terrace off the master bedroom with just enough space for a pair of lounge chairs and a table to set a drink and a book.
9. Shed deck. Give a shed the chic treatment with a mini deck over the entrance. Whether you use your shed for storing garden tools, as a children’s playhouse, or as a writer’s haven, a deck is a welcome addition to the garden.
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10. Layered deck. Top layers merge into this unusual and visually interesting top design. A deck like the one shown here works well with modern and contemporary homes, and is also a notable addition to a small urban lot.
11. Garden path deck. Encourage exploration of your back yard by placing a number of interconnected decks. The use of a combination of narrower walkway decks and wider platforms draws visitors through the space.
12. Target deck. Who said a deck needs to be put on the house? If you want to be drawn into a beautiful garden, consider placing a freestanding platform in your favorite spot. If you nestle the deck in trees or create tall landscaping behind them, it can settle in better.
13. Breezeway Deck. A generous deck is an effective way to connect structures on the same lot – or parts of a large home – while adding more outdoor living space.