Floating Decks

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Floating Wood Deck With Dining Table and Chairs

Floating Wood Deck With Dining Table and Chairs

As seen on HGTV's Yard Crashers, this floating wood deck is the perfect spot for an outdoor dinner party. Its unique chandelier stretches out above the table, suspended from a long metal rod attached to an adjacent wall.

From: Yard Crashers

By: Sean McEvoy

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Deck building can be a daunting project, but if you're willing to elevate your approach a bit, floating decks can provide a fairly simple, elegant design addition to any outdoor space.

The design idea behind a floating deck is simple: instead of sitting flush with the ground, a floating deck gives the impression of "floating" a few inches off the surface. It's an aesthetically pleasing touch, and it also provides guests a great vantage point from which to survey the natural beauty of the backyard.

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Backyard Deck With Bold Outdoor Furniture

This spacious backyard deck features vibrant orange-red furniture, including two armchairs with matching ottomans. A brown wood coffee table sits in the center, while large stones and lush green plants line the deck, providing a natural landscape.

Photo By: Greener Roofs and Gardens, LLC

Beach Home Exterior With Raised Deck

A deck is raised 10 feet to make room for an additional patio and garage on the ground level. A wall of French doors create a sleek entrance to the deck and lap pool.

Urban Rooftop Deck With Pergolas

Set under pergolas for shade, this contemporary outdoor deck is a getaway in the city. Comfortable seating areas, from the bed swing to the contemporary sofas and lounge chairs, all center around the stacked stone fireplace.

Corner Deck: Seaside Villa in Saint Barthelemy

Steps lead down to this corner lounge area off the main patio and pool, helping the area feel more intimate and secluded.

Photo By: Sibarth Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Mediterranean Outdoor Fireplace

A brick hearth surrounds this Mediterranean-style fireplace. Outdoor seating and wine on ice provide the perfect atmosphere for evening entertaining.

Back Deck Lounge and Dining Area

A couplet of all-weather lounge chairs provide a front-row seat to Kiawah Island's breathtaking scenery on this beautiful deck area. Meanwhile, all-weather armchairs cozy up to a glass-topped table with a 9-foot tiltable canvas umbrella.

Deck With Yellow and Green Furniture

Yellow and green pop on this charming wooden deck, which serves as the perfect place to lounge with friends and enjoy the city view.

From: Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design

Photo By: Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design

Contemporary Rustic Deck With Swimming Pool

Black metal railings give this rustic stone deck a contemporary look. The swimming pool flows underneath the outdoor living area for a cool tunnel effect. Breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains are visible from the dining room, which extends over the deck.

From: Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Deck and Outdoor Dining

This deck creates a beautiful outdoor dining space that allows the homeowners to enjoy the outdoors.

Outdoor Deck

Bring nature into your outdoor entertaining area with a deck built around existing trees.

The steps for creating a floating deck are fairly straightforward. First, you'll want to level the area you've chosen for the deck. Excavate down to hard, flat ground, then use a laser level to ensure the area is totally flat.

Next, you'll need to set and level four corners of blocking. Blocks should be spaced to make a 7' x 19' rectangle, leaving enough space from each block for deck boards to add another 8' x 20' rectangle. Use a laser level or string level to ensure that each block is level.

Now you need to create lines for the interior blocks. Measure two feet from the corners, then spray paint a straight line down the short portion of the deck (this is the line for the interior blocks). Spray another line two feet between two interior lines. You should now have three horizontal lines—dig a six-inch trench along the lines, then dig a trench between your corner blocks.

On each trench line, space four interior blocks two feet apart from one another. Level the interior blocks and corner blocks. You'll have two blocks between horizontal corners and three between vertical corners.

If all blocks are equally spaced, set them and make sure they're level, adding and removing wet concrete as necessary. Make sure the concrete has dried, then lay the 2" x 6" pressure-treated deck joists. Make sure they are evenly spaced two feet apart.

Finally, lay down your deck boards. Start with one board in the middle of the deck, and make sure it hangs evenly off each end of the 2x6s. Deck planks should have a space between them, so use a small nail as your spacing guide. Where the plank meets the joist, screw two square head trim screws 1-1/4 inch from each side of the deck plank. Hammer the screws down, then repeat on each plank.

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