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A part of your home that connects your indoors to the outside world is a deck. A deck is a space that allows you to appreciate your backyard comfortably. What used to be just a basic rectangular space located at the back of your home, a deck can now come in unique and attractive designs. If you are looking for deck ideas that will improve the visual appeal of your home, we have tons of them for you. 

PERGOLA

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Kurt Krueger Architects

A small backyard deck remodel in Los Angeles with a pergola and Art Asia Wok Fire Pit in 36-inch diameter.

POOLSIDE

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Omega Construction and Design, Inc.

Gorgeous wooden deck with a select grade of Cumaru and was finished naturally using an organic Brazilian nut oil.

TIMELESS

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Hughes Landscaping

Stunning trex deck with ample space for dining and entertaining. The outward visible structural elements are wrapped in PVC.

CEDAR DECK

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Artistic Concrete Surfaces

Inspiration for a large trendy backyard deck design in Kansas City with a fire pit and awesome views.

BLUE STONE

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Holloway Company Inc.

Spend time outdoors with this traditional deck that features 42″ Twin Eagles Gas Grill and Fire Magic Outdoor Fridge.

FIRE TABLE

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Boyce Design and Contracting

Light brown custom cedar screen walls offer privacy in this backyard deck. They compliment well the warm hues of the decking.

BARBECUE DECK

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Stumpff HomeWorks, LLC

Idea for an outdoor kitchen deck complete with fire oven, barbecue grill, and a small sink.

STUNNER

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Taylor Viazzo Architects

What a gorgeous beach style deck in New York! It’s perfect for lounging around with its amazing views.

RAIL LEDGE

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TimberTown

The custom bar tables include functionality to the cedar beams. It also provides additional entertaining space.

FIRE PIT

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Hughes Landscaping

The fire pit on this traditional deck features Eldorado brand Stacked Stone in the Nantucket color.

Common Deck Designs

Before we talk about deck ideas, you should first be familiar with some common deck designs if you want to start designing your own deck. Perhaps the most common one is the platform deck, which is recommended for level areas as it sits low to the ground. Higher than a platform deck is a raised deck. As it sits higher, you need to include railings not only for aesthetics but also for safety. You can also have two-story or even multilevel decks if your home’s space permits it. In case attachments to your home is not available, you can instead go for a freestanding deck 

Moreover, as a backyard deck bridges your home’s interior with the outdoors, one of the first things you should consider is covering the part of the deck adjacent to your house. Then, you can have landscapes around your deck as a subtle reminder of how your home is connected to your backyard. Doing this will make your deck a welcoming space not only for you but also for your guests.

Now that you know the basics of backyard decks, we can discuss more deck ideas.

CLASSIC

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American Landscape Structures

This classic backyard deck design in Philadelphia features a fire pit and a pergola.

PAVILION

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Miles Deck Construction

This Trex deck features a pavilion, Napoleon wood-burning fireplace, along with Twin Eagles outdoor kitchen.

IPE WOOD

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T.R. Builder, Inc.

This ipe deck makes your outdoor living fun and relaxing. The entire house looks classic and traditional.

STONE CABINET

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Hughes Landscaping

Outdoor deck kitchen with Eldorado Stacked Stone cabinets in Nantucket color.

Important Considerations

The first thing one must consider when it comes to backyard deck ideas is the material to be used. The four common types of construction materials are pressure-treated lumber, redwood, aluminum, and composite. Each has its pros and cons, so you have to think well before you decide the one you will choose. Pressure-treated lumber can make your deck look classic with its hardwood finish, but it is high-maintenance and prone to warping. Redwood is durable but expensive. Aluminum is probably the best when it comes to durability, but it also comes with a hefty price tag. Composite materials are easy to maintain, but they come in limited designs.

Your deck will most probably be used for entertaining people, be it a casual dinner with your friends or a birthday celebration for a family member. Thus, you have to ensure that it is designed so that you can host event small, simple events. Installing lighting and sound system can make your deck ready for any gathering anytime. Having an outdoor kitchen or a bar will even be better.

You may want your deck to have more than one purpose – as a space to relax alone, a place to entertain guests, or spot to spend time with your family. One way to visually divide parts of your deck is with the use of furniture. For example, place a dining table in one section intended for enjoying your favorite meal. Add a seating set for the area where you can just chill while having a drink. For your children, have small picnic tables where they can munch on snacks.

You should also have covered deck ideas so you can enjoy the outdoors while being safe from different weather elements. 

TROPICAL

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Perrone Construction Custom Homes

This tropical deck in Tampa looks refreshing with white paint and lots of open spaces.

HIGH RISE VIEW

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dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

This contemporary deck in Chicago features an outdoor kitchen with pergola above.

SKYLIGHT

Urban Oasis Design & Construction LLC

A backyard makeover in Seattle makes outdoor living fun and exciting.

LUSH

Reveal Design LLC

This lush yard in Chicago is perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining.

COZY

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Peters Billiards

Experience a cozy outdoor living in this breathtaking beach style deck in Minneapolis.

Deck Furniture Ideas

Speaking of furniture, choose one that will go with the current style of your deck. For example, if you have a contemporary deck with geometric patterns and hard angles, look for furniture with curves. Cast-aluminum furniture will work best in this case because it is lightweight and can be easily shaped to have the curves to complement the deck’s rigid design. More something more durable, you can have furniture made of wrought iron.

For a more traditional deck, wooden furniture is recommended as it completes the deck’s rustic look. You will have more deck decorating ideas when it comes to wood furniture as there are different materials to choose from, like redwood, cedar, and mahogany. For example, a cedar table with three armchairs will be perfect for coffee or tea time. Have vinyl table cloth on the table to protect the wood from spills and cushions of the chairs for comfort. These are great for covered decks as inclement weather may damage the vinyl and make the cushion wet. If you want this in an open deck, go for light, folding chairs and table so you can easily take them into your house if needed.

For something Caribbean-inspired, a set of mahogany and bamboo coffee table and loveseats add elegance to your deck.

Wicker is another design you should not ignore. Modern wicker furniture is designed to be light and weather resistant. Most wicker chairs and sofas have cushions, which you can remove when you need to store them during rain or snow. Color your wicker furniture white for a contemporary appeal.

METRO

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New Eco Landscapes

A contemporary deck in New York featuring a Teepee hut, lush greens, and comfy chairs.

AIRY

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Interiors by Maite Granda

This beach style deck in Miami features an industrial outdoor kitchen perfect for barbecue and drinks.

SERENITY

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Decks by Kiefer LLC

Beautiful multi-level ipe deck features built-in benches with an unobstructed view of the garden and pool.

DRAMATIC

deckerbullocksir

An outdoor deck in San Francisco with contemporary design and impeccable attention to detail.

BEACH STYLE

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ae design

This beach-style deck in Los Angeles includes a hammock, cozy chairs, and barbecue grill.

MERANTI WOOD

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EB Architecture + Design

This deck addition in Portland is made of dark red Meranti wood for the main deck surface.

CABLE RAILING

MasterDecks, LLC

The cable railing on this deck allows saving the view while having fun dining with friends or family.

HILLTOP

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ilumus photography & marketing

Another ipe deck idea with pergola for your outdoor backyard retreat. This is perfect for a few drinks.

RUSTIC

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GreenWood Design Build

This rustic deck in Minneapolis features light wood flooring and a fireplace with stone surround.

CUSTOM PLANTERS

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dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

Beautiful contemporary deck in Chicago with a fireplace, barbecue grill, and custom planters.

Deck Railing Ideas

Regardless of how beautiful your deck furniture and accessories are, your deck will only be as stylish as its deck railing design. The railing is what keeps your deck together. You can choose to have railing materials that match your deck’s main material, but you can also mix things up.

Outdoor deck ideas are incomplete without wood railings. Because of the different materials and wide price range, you can definitely find a design fit for your style and wallet. You can opt for composite and vinyl railings if you want your deck to be maintenance-free. Some of these railings come in kits that easy to install, making them perfect for DIY projects. They also sell cheap at home improvement centers. For premium-looking deck railings, you can install glass, which provides an unobstructed view of what is beyond your deck has. Go for tempered and shatter-proof glass, and to prevent birds from crashing onto them, go with tinted glass. The downside with glass railings is that they can be quite expensive. If you want your backyard deck to have a rugged appeal, use metal railings. Most metal railings are made of either aluminum or steel. Choose aluminum if you want something rust-proof. For a modern-looking deck, install cable railing systems. They are often composed of stainless steel cables with posts made of wood, composite, or metal materials. 

No matter the design of your deck railings, make sure that you follow your local building codes that set standards for height, grades, and sizes.

ROOFTOP

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New York Decks

Trendy and stylish deck in New York with light wood chairs and white cushions.

PORCH

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Alto Design

Large backyard deck complete with dining, entertainment area, deck railing, and a fireplace.

CONTEMPORARY

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CG&S Design-Build

Enjoy a few drinks while watching your favorite game with your friends in this contemporary deck in Austin.

RETREAT

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Niche Interiors

Spend more time outdoors with this gorgeous contemporary deck and refreshing pool.

TRELLIS

Kurt Krueger Architects

The deck used steel slats that are custom-made to look like wood. The steel will be great for durability and consistency.

PLANTINGS

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Amber Freda Garden Design

This custom roof deck features lightweight aluminum decking and ipe planters & benches with built-in storage under the seats.

Small Deck Ideas 

Even if your home does not have a large, you can still have a deck if you really want one. You have to some thins to consider when it comes to small deck ideas.

First, you have to identify what the use of your deck will be based on your lifestyle. For example, if you plan to have a deck for gatherings, then you have to design it to accommodate as many seats as possible. Add additional space for a grill, perhaps. A deck for solitary relaxation would have different furniture requirements. 

Then, you need to maintain a proper scale. Proper scaling means that the size of your deck should proportionate to the size of your home and your yard. A deck bigger than your yard may be overwhelming. Then, ensure that there is a connection between your indoors and your deck. You can connect them by using the same materials you have indoors as materials for your deck. Also, for a natural flow, have your deck outside an existing door. For example, the best spot to have your deck is just right outside it.

Maximize space by utilizing levels and curves. A stepped-down deck, for example, provides additional levels where guests can hang out. It is also functional as it can hide unwanted spots like an awkward slope or a grass area that is difficult to maintain. You can also add a few square feet to your deck by having a curved deck that covers as much space as possible.

 

BREATHTAKING

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Michele Bohbot Design and Architecture

Gray and orange theme for this contemporary rooftop deck remodel in Los Angeles, with an amazing view.

CUSTOM

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CLC Landscape Design

Apple green chairs for a more refreshing look and feel for this transitional deck in New York.

HILLSIDE

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Steven Paul Whitsitt Photography

Spend your free time reading your favorite book in this lovely deck surrounded by woods.

RURAL

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Mentor Installed Services

Mid-sized traditional backyard deck idea with black-painted railings.

SANDBOX

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Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC

A lower deck made with Brazilian redwood material called massaranduba and a built-in sandbox.

HOT TUB DECK

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New England Spas

Enjoy a refreshing bath and drinks with this striking deck with hot tub and lush greens.

CONCRETE

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Conscapes, Inc.

Contemporary deck in San Francisco with steel railings and plenty of plants.

COASTAL

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Borisoff Design Studio

This coastal deck idea in Los Angeles features lots of seat spaces to accommodate your friends.

FUNCTIONAL

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Steve Masley Consulting and Design

If you love gardening, the raised beds are a great idea, and they look very functional.

CEDAR FENCING

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Amber Freda Garden Design

This backyard features an ipe deck, a cedar pergola, and loose Mexican beach stones.

MINIMALIST

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Young & Young Interiors

Contemporary deck idea in Detroit with a fire pit, gray chairs, and steel railings.

4-SEASON ROOF

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Chicago Specialty Gardens, Inc.

Pergola louvers, heaters, fire table, and custom bar for this four-season roof deck.

MODERN SUMMER

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Austin Patterson Disston Architects

A backyard deck made from Brazilian hardwood—a very dense and durable wood.

TUSCAN

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Marty Paoletta Photography

This Mediterranean deck in Nashville features a cozy sofa and incredible views.

Backyard Deck Design Ideas You Can Copy

If your backyard sets the stage for your home’s possibilities, the deck is unquestionably the stage.

Whether you’re hosting guests or taking a quiet moment to yourself, the deck is where luxury and leisure collide, and the design of your deck reflects your approach toward both.

Grillzebo

You can feed and entertain your guests without having to worry about leaving your barbecue unattended! This “grillzebo” is ideal whether you’re seeking outdoor bar ideas or DIY gazebo plans. It’s large enough to hold most regular barbecues yet tiny enough to fit on your existing patio. Make your grillzebo unique by adding lighting, wine glass racks, grill accessory storage, or built-in coolers.

Island Deck

This low-maintenance backyard deck, constructed of composite decking and concealed fasteners, is meant to go together quickly and fit in anyplace in the yard without the need for footings or ledger boards.

Movable Planters On A Living Wall

Consider installing a living wall if you have a ground-level deck or patio and want to provide some privacy. It may keep the neighbors at bay, surround you with flowers, and supply fresh herbs steps away from your grill or kitchen. The planter boxes are simple to construct. A drip irrigation system provides automatic watering throughout the summer—no need to worry about missing a watering day or losing all your plants when you are on vacation.

Deck Made Of Wood And Stone

Build a visually appealing cedar deck surrounded by a veneered stone wall that offers both seclusion and sitting. The contrasting appearance of wood and stone will provide a dramatic, distinct appearance for your deck.

Conclusion

Having an outdoor living space is a luxury as you can use it for hosting gatherings or even for relaxing on alone. Designing a deck can be tricky as you have a lot of things up for consideration. Planning is essential to be successful in creating your deck. In this stage, you should answer key questions concerning the size and shape of your deck, the levels you want to have, and other elements that may affect your deck, such as your backyard and even house interiors. Perhaps one of the most critical question to ask is this: “What will be the main function of my deck?” From there, you can come up with visuals for your dream deck. Once you have all the answers, you may prepare for the construction of your deck by looking for the right materials and contractors if you are not building it yourself. Also, before proceeding with the construction, check local buildings codes or guidelines of your homeowners’ association to ensure that you will not break any rules and regulations. Then, nothing can stop you from building your dream deck.

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