This Atlanta Designer's Party-Ready Deck Is So Picturesque

HGTV designer Brian Patrick Flynn's secluded front entry doubles as a dashing black-and-white place to dine al fresco with family and friends. Let's take a tour.

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Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

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A Deck Designed for Dinner Parties

Complete with built-in seating, a dramatic black-and-white color scheme and plenty of wide open space for little ones to play, HGTV designer Brian Patrick Flynn's deck gets tons of use all year long. The deck is a generous size, so Brian can throw all sorts of celebrations out front. Up to 24 people have gathered out here with plenty of space to roam and mingle.

Set the Ambience

Sunset is Brian's favorite time to host friends and family. When guests arrive, they're greeted with tons of candles, which Brian places all around the walls of his built-in bench seating.

Make Landscaping the Focal Point

When Brian consulted with architect Amy East to design the deck, it was important to build it at an angle that would take advantage of the beautiful views of the mature magnolia trees surrounding the property.

Don't Forget Greenery

Landscaping plays a large part in the design of Brian's house. When guests enter the front deck, they're greeted by a pair of black built-in planters filled with low-maintenance evergreens.

Coordinate Colors

Instead of staining the deck and having to reseal every few years, Brian painted it a solid shade of gray that coordinates well with the house's black exterior and helps hide flaws like scratches and nicks. Genius.

Maximize Seating

To take full advantage of the angled privacy wall, Brian had bench seating installed. Up to 12 people can sit comfortably.

Seamlessly Meld Spaces

For indoor-outdoor flair, Brian invested in steel and glass windows with louvers which allow conversation to flow from the lounge inside to the deck outside. Plus, these super-cool windows let fresh air flow into the house.

Mix Up the Seating

While the built-in bench seating can accommodate up to ten guests, there are also four chairs at each of the two dining tables which allow for up to 18 people to gather for al fresco dinner parties.

Make It Private

Once guests are seated, they're totally nestled into the nature surrounding Brian's house. His deck sits high enough to block the street and houses below.

Keep It Simple

Rather than commit to a particular palette, Brian decided to keep the decor for the deck neutral, sticking with gray and black. The result is a super versatile yet relaxing getaway.

Leave Space to Move

Thanks to the built-in bench seating along the angled privacy wall, a good chunk of wide open-space was left in the center of the deck. This is ideal for Brian's nephews as well as friends' kids who need space to sprawl out and stay active.

Go For Pressure-Treated Wood

The entire deck was built using pressure-treated southern yellow pine. This is readily available in most parts of the country and also one of the most affordable options for both staining and painting.

Create a Quaint Corner

Smaller groups can gather in different corners of the deck thanks to Midcentury modern string lounge chairs that are lightweight and easy to pick up and move. During the rainy season, Brian's rescue dog Gidget is fickle about going outside. To make things easier and more efficient, a corner of the deck was outfitted with faux turf just a few steps from the front door. The turf also makes for a cozy little corner where guests can hang out.

Screen It All In

In order to keep pets and little ones safe and contained, a mesh screen was installed along the entry planters.

Try Stackable Chairs

Although Atlanta winters are mild, Brian still opts to bring the furniture in and store it to preserve its longevity. These black plastic chairs are lightweight, stackable and easy to store.