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Hermosa Creek Ranch
Hermosa Creek Ranch
Elevation Custom Builders, LLC
Deck - rustic deck idea in Albuquerque with a fireplace and a roof extension
Trex Decks
Trex Decks
Aesthetic Design & Build Llc
Custom Trex deck with curved railing, staircase and underdeck ceiling.
Mid-sized backyard deck photo in St Louis
Nihon-Inspired Contemporary
Nihon-Inspired Contemporary
Richard Salpietra Architect, Inc.
Trendy courtyard ground level deck photo in San Diego with no cover
302 Orchid
302 Orchid
Teale Architecture
Photography: Ryan Garvin
Example of a beach style rooftop rooftop outdoor kitchen deck design in Los Angeles with a roof extension
Hot Tub Decking Applications
Hot Tub Decking Applications
New England Spas
Inspiration for a deck remodel in Boston
Eagle Mountain Lake Retreat
Eagle Mountain Lake Retreat
John Zimmerman
Elegant deck photo in Dallas with a roof extension
Back deck off of the kitchen
Back deck off of the kitchen
Achla Designs
This deck creates an easy flow from the kitchen, outdoors to the deck then the patio, then the garden. Without a railing, it feels like a "raft" floating above the patio and lush greenery of this terraced yard. Made from locally sourced black locust wood and cedar, with steps of granite curb stones salvaged from a New Hampshire highway. The shelves were designed to create open screening from a neighbors yard and driveway and house a changing collection of small plants, artifacts, and stones.
Deckorators 2020
Deckorators 2020
Deckorators
Inspiration for a transitional deck remodel in Grand Rapids
Deck Resurfacing
Deck Resurfacing
Deck Guardian
Large elegant backyard deck photo in New York with no cover
2015 Midwest Home Luxury Home #4 - John Kraemer & Sons
2015 Midwest Home Luxury Home #4 - John Kraemer & Sons
Spacecrafting / Architectural Photography
Builder: John Kraemer & Sons, Inc. - Architect: Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd. - Interior Design: Martha O’Hara Interiors - Photo: Spacecrafting Photography
Mid-Century Modern Renovation on Mercer Island
Mid-Century Modern Renovation on Mercer Island
Pelletier + Schaar
The addition of this wrap around deck designed to compliment the mid-century design of this home, creates ample space for outdoor dining and entertaining.
Product Gallery
Product Gallery
Lampert Lumber - Rockford
Deck - mid-sized traditional backyard deck idea in Minneapolis with no cover
Under the Tuscan Shade
Under the Tuscan Shade
Mom's Design Build
Spacecrafting
Deck - rustic backyard deck idea in Minneapolis
Kitchen and Dining Areas
Kitchen and Dining Areas
Hughes Landscaping
Ground view of deck. Outwardly visible structural elements are wrapped in pVC. Photo Credit: Johnna Harrison
Outdoor kitchen deck - large traditional backyard outdoor kitchen deck idea in DC Metro with a pergola
Back porch
Back porch
J. Morrow Construction, LLC
Beautiful back deck gives a finished look to this home.
Huge arts and crafts backyard deck photo in Indianapolis with a roof extension
January 2015 - 1st Place Photo Contest Winner
January 2015 - 1st Place Photo Contest Winner
Feeney Inc.
1st Place Winner: Beautiful deck and railings by Bob Kiefer, Decks by Kiefer. Location: Montclair, NJ
Inspiration for a modern deck remodel in New York
Porches
Porches
Carolina Timberworks
Douglas Fir covered timber frame porch. © Carolina Timberworks
Deck - huge rustic backyard deck idea in Charlotte with a roof extension
Marquez Terrace
Marquez Terrace
Lisa Bell Design Group
Example of a mid-sized beach style rooftop rooftop deck design in Orange County with no cover
Sapphire Eco Cabin
Sapphire Eco Cabin
Rusafova Markulis Architects
Ryan Theede
Inspiration for a small scandinavian backyard deck remodel in Charlotte with a roof extension
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 225,240 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Hughes Landscaping and J. Morrow Construction, LLC. 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.