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Cable Deck Railing
Cable Deck Railing
San Diego Cable Railings
Stainless steel cable combined with tinted tempered glass for a wind barrier and see through deck railing
Minimalist deck photo in San Diego
North and South Terraces: Gunn Landscape Architecture and Vert Gardens
North and South Terraces: Gunn Landscape Architecture and Vert Gardens
Rikki Snyder
North and South Terraces: Gunn Landscape Architecture and Vert Gardens Photo by: Rikki Snyder © 2012 Houzz
Inspiration for a contemporary deck remodel in New York with no cover
Acacia
Acacia
Brandon Architects, Inc.
Jeri Keogel
Deck - contemporary deck idea in Orange County
Venice, CA Sustainable Roof Deck Garden
Venice, CA Sustainable Roof Deck Garden
Andersen Miller Design
Ed Duarte
Example of a trendy deck design in Boston with a roof extension
Bachelor View Bend Home Addition
Bachelor View Bend Home Addition
Neil Kelly Company
Adding on to this modern mountain home was complex and rewarding. The nature-loving Bend homeowners wanted to create an outdoor space to better enjoy their spectacular river view. They also wanted to Provide direct access to a covered outdoor space, create a sense of connection between the interior and exterior, add gear storage for outdoor activities, and provide additional bedroom and office space. The Neil Kelly team led by Paul Haigh created a covered deck extending off the living room, re-worked exterior walls, added large 8’ tall French doors for easy access and natural light, extended garage with 3rd bay, and added a bedroom addition above the garage that fits seamlessly into the existing structure.
Red Hook
Red Hook
New Eco Landscapes
Lori Cannava
Example of a trendy backyard deck design in New York
Mill Valley, CA
Mill Valley, CA
Urrutia Design
URRUTIA DESIGN Photography by Jason Wells
Example of a transitional deck design in San Francisco with a pergola
Eden Prairie Residence
Eden Prairie Residence
Mom's Design Build
Deck - traditional deck idea in Minneapolis
Carmel Highlands Wildcat Canyon House
Carmel Highlands Wildcat Canyon House
Dan Curran Architecture, A.I.A.
Kodiak Greenwood
Inspiration for a huge contemporary backyard deck remodel in Other with a roof extension
Mountain Outdoor Kitchen
Mountain Outdoor Kitchen
Artisan Outdoor Kitchens
Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchens - Powder Coat Finish
Deck - transitional deck idea in Denver
Lobster Boat Residence
Lobster Boat Residence
chadbourne + doss architects
The modern Roof Deck designed by chadbourne + doss architects takes advantage of water views. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider
Small minimalist rooftop second story deck container garden photo in Seattle with no cover
Hot Tub Retreat
Hot Tub Retreat
Chicago Roof Deck & Garden
Hot Tub with Modern Pergola, Tropical Hardwood Decking and Fence Screening, Built-in Kitchen with Concrete countertop, Outdoor Seating, Lighting Designed by Adam Miller
Louvered Roofs
Louvered Roofs
Aesthetic Design & Build Llc
Looking to escape the heat? Close the louvered roof and enjoy the shade. Want to feel the warmth of summer? Open the louvered roof and feel the sun. An adjustable pergola is the perfect solution for your outdoor seating area.
Blue Jay Way
Blue Jay Way
Yoram LePair Architects
Outdoor kitchen deck - mid-sized transitional rooftop outdoor kitchen deck idea in Los Angeles with a pergola
San Francisco Craftsman
San Francisco Craftsman
Sage Construction Services
New deck with steel canopy for outdoor living
Example of a trendy deck design in San Francisco
Cabins in Broken Bow
Cabins in Broken Bow
Jason Wallace Photography
cabin managed by Cabins in Broken Bow. Oklahoma. (2013) Jason Wallace Photography
Inspiration for a rustic deck remodel in Oklahoma City
Fire pit - Water feature - Pergola - Paver courtyard
Fire pit - Water feature - Pergola - Paver courtyard
Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design
Fire pit - Water feature - Pergola - Paver courtyard - pond - fire place - outdoor living area
Elegant deck photo in Portland with a pergola
SEACLIFF ON THE GREENS
SEACLIFF ON THE GREENS
GONTERMAN CUSTOM HOMES
Trendy deck photo in Orange County with no cover
The Gatehouse
The Gatehouse
Murphy & Co. Design
A view to the woodland pond at the rear of the house. A perfect dining setting can be found here, with the not too uncommon glimpse of a fox – hence the house’s namesake of “Fox Hollow.” Photos by Susan Gilmore
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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, tricks 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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Whether you want inspiration for planning a deck renovation or are building a designer deck from scratch, Houzz has 232,914 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including New Eco Landscapes and Neil Kelly Company. Look through deck pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a deck design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful deck photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.