Deck Designs: Ideas & Pictures

Learn about deck design ideas and check out some great pictures for inspiration.

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Unique and attractive deck designs are becoming a more common feature of outdoor living spaces. If your goal is to design a deck that that improves the outdoor aesthetic of your home and increases its value, you can use these deck design ideas to spark your creativity and find inspiration from beautiful deck design pictures.

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Gather, Chat and Play

Decorative Design

Functional and Grand

Photo By: Trex

A Relaxing Retreat

Created for Lounging

Spacious and Serene

Photo By: Al Lang

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An Evening Escape

A good place to start when planning your deck design is with some of the most common decking ideas. Platform decks are some of the simplest and most commonly found—they sit low to the ground and are best for level areas. Raised decks sit higher and must incorporate railings and other safety features in their designs. Two-story decks can be spectacular to behold, but they present design challenges as they must incorporate both the lower and upper stories of the home. Multilevel decks are great for yards or outdoor areas with uneven ground, as they can conform to the natural contours of the space. Finally, freestanding decks can be a great option when attachment to the home is not possible.

By exploring the possibilities for deck designs and browsing deck design pictures, you'll be sure to find the deck design that's best for your home, and before long you'll be enjoying the outdoors on your brand-new deck.

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