Floating Decks

Find out all you need to know about floating decks and get great inspiration for your deck project.
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

Decks & Patios in Depth

Discover more ways to optimize your outdoor space for greater enjoyment.

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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Outdoor Deck

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

Deck in Acacia with Kona Borders

Among the many new trends in deck design are multi-level decks for different activities, finished decks which increase your outdoor entertaining options and decks with added water features like this versatile design from AZEK which includes a spa pool and is available in different colors and grain textures.

Large Deck and Gazebo

Giving the outdoor area the feel of a spectacular tree house, a wide deck winds all around the home's exterior with railings and quiet gazebos to duck into. It's a paradise for everyone in the family.

From: Colorado Landmark, Realtors and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Colorado Landmark, Realtors, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Upper Deck With Backyard View

This upper level deck gets the full display of a lush tropical backyard thanks to glass railings.

Photo By: Design 4 Corners

Poolside Deck: Seaside Villa in Saint Barthelemy

This petite deck, perfect for relaxing and socializing, takes up prime location at the foot of the pool, maximizing the incredible Caribbean views.

From: Luxury Portfolio International® and Sibarth Real Estate

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

Deck and Small Home

Out back of this jewel box of a home sits a petite deck just right for some cozy seating. Candles and lanterns make the setting magical at night.

From: McGuire Real Estate and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Photo By: McGuire Real Estate, a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Accordion Doors and Deck

Glass doors accordion back to join the interior of this home to its deck and beautiful forest views. Wood planking helps visually unify indoors and out.

Photo By: Bruce Damonte Photography

Before the Makeover with Folding Chairs and Basketball Goal on Deck

Before, two metal folding chairs and a basketball goal were crammed onto this tiny balcony.

Photo By: Thomas S. England/Dwell With Dignity Atlanta

Balcony: Seaside Villa in Saint Barthelemy

The glass railing of this balcony disappears into the breathtaking view, turning it into a blissful—and safe—spot to revel in this picturesque setting.

From: Luxury Portfolio International® and Sibarth Real Estate

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

Hillside Deck with Raised Beds and Surrounding Landscape Views

A handsome Ipe deck with stained concrete raised planters takes advantage of its spectacular hillside setting in this elegant design from Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture.

Photo By: Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

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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