Shaping Your Dream Deck
Nary a backyard retreat is complete without a deck built for entertaining. Just like any indoor space, this exterior structure can be customized to your wants and needs. Multiple levels, shady overhead structures, and spa-like amenities are all within the realm of deck design possibility—with a little planning. Take inspiration from these 17 creative deck ideas for a relaxing space built just for you. (Feel free to share it with others.)
Cedar and Glass Beauty
Consider your deck an opportunity for a bonus room. Here, a diehard salvage fanatic used his findings—and years as a glass installer—to bump out his entertaining space with a handsome deck sitting room.
A young family turned a brick patio and decrepit deck into an inviting backyard escape that's safe for little ones. A sprawling deck provides ample room for secluded seating areas within a perimeter of mature ficus trees.
Low Height Standards
Wide Berth for Container Gardens
Side Yard at Work
A simple deck takes advantage of side yard space without compromising an 1887 Queen Anne's architectural integrity.
Standout Deck Stairs
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Curved stairs and stone-surface landings provide a generous post to admire nearby water views. Chunky wood railing feels at home with the rustic setting.
Create a safe path to backyards by replacing deck stair balusters or starting from scratch for new deck stairs
Rambling Composite Deck
Enchanted Deck Atmosphere
Glossy Traditional Style Deck
The Decks are Stacked
A series of steps—and tons of fill—reclaimed a backyard's steep incline. Double-decker decks provide views of the landscape and capitalize on what used to be a steep drop.
Walls Need Not Apply
Bright Beach House View
A house-spanning beachfront deck with subtle railing allows a family ample outdoor time with unaffected ocean views. A retractable awning provides solace from harsh coastal sunrays.
Luxurious Outdoor Kitchen
An outdoor kitchen positioned against a wall makes it easier to connect electrical and plumbing. Plus, a sliding window above the countertop means easy passing of plates and other kitchen essentials. A second-floor deck creates more outdoor enjoyment, without the entertaining efforts.
Room for Steamy Relaxation
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If your idea of paradise includes a hot soak outdoors after a long day, look no further. It's all about the view here, with a spa sunk low into the deck surface and encased in matching deck planks and subtle railings to keep the profile unintrusive and leafy views in check.