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What to Know About Adding a Deck

Want to increase your living space outside? Learn the requirements, costs and other considerations for building a deck

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The deck is a prime entertaining space and a go-to spot for hosting family and friends. An extension of the indoor living space, decks are the best location to hold a summer barbecue or take in the view. As you browse deck designs, make sure to really consider the shape and elevation of your current space, and do your due diligence on which materials are right for you. Read further for more tips, trick and deck ideas.

Which deck material should I use?


When reviewing deck ideas and the various material options, always keep price, appearance and ongoing maintenance in mind. Wood deck designs look the most natural, but also require the most maintenance, like staining and weatherproofing. Composite, on the other hand, is easier to care for but might not look as authentic. Plastic decking can be a less expensive alternative and removes any risk of splinters, though again, it won’t provide the same look as wood if that’s what you’re aiming for. Aluminum is one of the more unique deck ideas, but metal can be pricey and heat up in summertime. Ultimately, decide what your sweet spot is between budget and care, then look at pictures of decks made from the same materials so that you know what sort of final product to expect in the end.

What deck design works for my space?


Since decks are custom built, it’s relatively easy to personalize their design. That being said, with endless layouts to consider, it’s important to know all of your options before diving into the building process. A raised deck design often includes a staircase or a few steps, which helps with backyard access, especially from two-story homes or any structures that are not flush with the ground outside. Platform decks are placed on or just above the ground, while a multilevel design combines aspects from both. You can even opt for a free standing platform, which is placed out in the yard and not attached to the house at all. You’ll also need to think about whether you want the space to be covered or uncovered — check out lots of deck design ideas to see how others have incorporated overhead covers (or not). Make sure your final choice blends well with your home’s current style and is safe and practical for your family.

How should I decorate my outdoor deck?


Once the design and construction decisions are done, it’s time to think about deck decorating ideas! Because outdoor areas are centered around gathering and relaxing, comfortable patio furniture is key to the overall decor. Include an umbrella and table for easy al fresco dining, and purchase a weatherproof sofa and chaise lounges for ultimate relaxation. And since the yard is great for those cool summer nights, don’t forget about proper lighting when planning out your deck decor. Think about how bright you want the area to be and explore your options accordingly. Look into LED bulbs and solar lighting options, and consider placement of fixtures on deck railings and posts. You’ll notice in photos that lots of deck designs showcase hanging string lights or lanterns over the communal space, and occasionally a fire pit for cozy conversation and s’mores. Top it all off with some potted plants to add a bit of visual interest, and you’re all set to enjoy the new space!

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Deck - contemporary rooftop deck idea in Boston

Anthony Crisafulli
Deck - contemporary rooftop deck idea in Boston
deck look - dgtldyke

Deck container garden - traditional deck container garden idea in Chicago with a pergola

Deck container garden - traditional deck container garden idea in Chicago with a pergola
Use of fence at back of Tommy's garden - hpeach1310

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Deck - farmhouse backyard deck idea in San Francisco with a fire pit

Sunken fire pit in the foreground surrounded by a boardwalk and grasslands. In the background, is a 'stargazing tower' that we made from an old steel tank.
Natural wood – not stained - sesonhaha

Deck - beach style rooftop deck idea in San Diego

Deck - beach style rooftop deck idea in San Diego

Transitional backyard deck photo in Houston with a fireplace and a roof extension

Transitional backyard deck photo in Houston with a fireplace and a roof extension
Furniture and lamps on side of fireplace - bntschoen

Inspiration for a beach style deck remodel in Minneapolis with a roof extension

The Club Woven by Summer Classics is the resin version of the aluminum Club Collection. Executed in durable woven wrought aluminum it is ideal for any outdoor space. Club Woven is hand woven in exclusive N-dura resin polyethylene in Oyster. French Linen, or Mahogany. The comfort of Club with the classic look and durability of resin will be perfect for any outdoor space.
love the open setting and canopy - justin_parris

Inspiration for a transitional deck remodel in Seattle with a fireplace and a roof extension

Inspiration for a transitional deck remodel in Seattle with a fireplace and a roof extension

Elegant backyard deck photo in Philadelphia with a fire pit and a roof extension

Angle Eye Photography
Elegant backyard deck photo in Philadelphia with a fire pit and a roof extension
Composite – Warm Colour Scheme - sesonhaha

Mid-sized coastal outdoor kitchen deck photo in Miami with a pergola

Project Feature in: Luxe Magazine & Luxury Living Brickell From skiing in the Swiss Alps to water sports in Key Biscayne, a relocation for a Chilean couple with three small children was a sea change. “They’re probably the most opposite places in the world,” says the husband about moving from Switzerland to Miami. The couple fell in love with a tropical modern house in Key Biscayne with architecture by Marta Zubillaga and Juan Jose Zubillaga of Zubillaga Design. The white-stucco home with horizontal planks of red cedar had them at hello due to the open interiors kept bright and airy with limestone and marble plus an abundance of windows. “The light,” the husband says, “is something we loved.” While in Miami on an overseas trip, the wife met with designer Maite Granda, whose style she had seen and liked online. For their interview, the homeowner brought along a photo book she created that essentially offered a roadmap to their family with profiles, likes, sports, and hobbies to navigate through the design. They immediately clicked, and Granda’s passion for designing children’s rooms was a value-added perk that the mother of three appreciated. “She painted a picture for me of each of the kids,” recalls Granda. “She said, ‘My boy is very creative—always building; he loves Legos. My oldest girl is very artistic— always dressing up in costumes, and she likes to sing. And the little one—we’re still discovering her personality.’” To read more visit: https://maitegranda.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/LX_MIA11_HOM_Maite_12.compressed.pdf Rolando Diaz
Simple overhang. Cooking /prep area grill, sink fridge and a few drawers? - wmassard

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Inspiration for a contemporary rooftop deck container garden remodel in Boston

Inspiration for a contemporary rooftop deck container garden remodel in Boston
mesa angosta a la pared - hkarlos

Example of a transitional deck design in Kansas City with a fireplace and a roof extension

Example of a transitional deck design in Kansas City with a fireplace and a roof extension
Fireplace with open window area to one side, tv next to the fireplace instead of above. Stained ceiling with dark trim posts - webuser_265841620

Inspiration for a large timeless backyard deck remodel in New York

A free-standing roof structure provides a shaded lounging area. This pavilion garnered a first-place award in the 2015 NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association) National Deck Competition. It has a meranti ceiling with a louvered cupola and paddle fan to keep cool. (Photo by Frank Gensheimer.)
The most beautiful pergola EVER - lr8163

Outdoor kitchen deck - large transitional backyard outdoor kitchen deck idea in Seattle with a roof extension

Jimmy White Photography
Outdoor kitchen deck - large transitional backyard outdoor kitchen deck idea in Seattle with a roof extension
Back Yard Deck w/ Outdoor Kitchen, Dining Area & Lounge - webuser_793686833

Large island style deck photo in Tampa with a roof extension

Large island style deck photo in Tampa with a roof extension
Railing - hhall84

Example of a country deck design in San Francisco

Example of a country deck design in San Francisco
this was an idea of incorporating the downstairs fireplace on each side of the wall inside and out. - angie7524

Example of a large minimalist backyard outdoor kitchen deck design in San Francisco with a roof extension

Example of a large minimalist backyard outdoor kitchen deck design in San Francisco with a roof extension
Overhang with privacy walls - megankamei

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Deck - contemporary deck idea in Orange County with a fire pit and a pergola

Deck - contemporary deck idea in Orange County with a fire pit and a pergola
Open but protected... fire pit - vacc

Deck - large 1950s rooftop deck idea in Los Angeles

Deck - large 1950s rooftop deck idea in Los Angeles
Like the post on the corner to string lights - webuser_601067660