Decks 21 Ideabooks

A deck is essentially an outdoor room, usually in a space you didn't previously use. The extra space adds value to your home, but adding value to your life is a different story. A deck has to fit the way you live. And, of course, unlike the other rooms in your house, your deck has to handle exposure to the elements. Here...
A Family-Friendly California Yard Wises Up About Water
Like many American yards, this one in Menlo Park, California, spent much of its life as a lawn. And, as with many lawns in dry climates, it was time to leave this one behind. The homeowner wanted to remove the existing grass in favor of something...
Decking Materials Beyond Basic Lumber
It’s natural to want your indoor spaces to seamlessly lead to outdoor spaces when the weather is right, so many homeowners look to decks to add more living room. Traditionally, decks have been built from pressure-treated lumber and topped...
Find the Right Glass Door for Your Patio
The large glass patio door hasn't been around for very long. It took modern manufacturing techniques to make it affordable. But what was once the province of the wealthy and aristocratic is now available in a wide variety of styles for every home. From...
Choosing a Deck: Plastic or Wood?
Before you choose between plastic and wood for your decking, ask yourself one question: Where is your deck? If your deck is in the sun or in the shade for the majority of the day — particularly in summer, when...
Spring Patio Spiff-Ups: 12 Doable DIY Projects for Your Outdoor Space
With advance planning and perhaps a few friends to help (bribe them with dinner out), you can make a big difference in your patio in a single weekend. Arranged from fast and easy (hang lanterns, make a repurposed table) to more time- and labor-intensive...
7 Ways to Create a Gorgeous Outdoor Room
It's spring! Long days, sunshine, birds, barbecues, flowers! For the next six months or so, it's outside time (sorry, people in the Northeast; your time will come). Which means, of course, that you should have an outdoor room, a place where you can do...
Houzz Tour: Way-Out-There Modern Living in Sydney
It may look like a simple cottage from the front, but the rear of this Australian home opens up to a surprisingly modern outdoor living space. Like the other houses on small lots in this eclectic neighborhood, in a suburb of Sydney, the house is...
9 Urban Gardening Tips From Hong Kong Rooftops
Hong Kong is a concrete jungle — dense and filled with towering skyscrapers. Hong Kong's rooftops can become the perfect refuge from this chaotic city, and those with plant life can help better the air quality too. Whether...
Discover an Intimate Garden Nestled on a Manhattan Rooftop
The Manhattan skyline offers some of the world’s most dramatic and recognizable architectural icons, and city dwellers with access to those exclusive views highlight them in any way possible. In the shadow of the Empire State Building, architect
Lessons From an Edible Garden on a City Roof
We look to our city centers for culture, nightlife, fine dining and above all, high-density urban living. Farming typically doesn't come to mind. But landscape architect David Seiter says we can and should turn to our existing infrastructure as...
Build a Beautiful Platform Deck in a Weekend
There are few things better than partying down with friends and family, but our small home's current design isn't ideal for hosting even one person — let alone a whole crew. While our interior is highly lacking in the space category, our exterior...
Small Decks Hold Loads of Potential
It's time to change our idea of how large a deck needs to be. Some have become so expansive and elaborate that if we can't imagine a complete outdoor kitchen and...
30 Dream Decks for Lounge Lovers
I will never forget the first time my mother-in-law came to visit us in our new home in Sandy, Oregon. It was a lovely, sunny week, and we had all sorts of plans for sightseeing and events in Portland. But we are blessed with a deck above the Sandy River...
Book to Know: 'Deck Ideas That Work'
With springtime here, it's time to head outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. And what better place to do that than on a deck overlooking the yard? If you have a deck you love, great. But if your deck is...
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