Backyard Deck Ideas

Get inspiration for your deck project with these backyard deck ideas.



Top view of seating area with chairs and a table on an upper deck by the swimming pool in the summertime.

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You can transform your outdoor space and add to the value and visual appeal of your entire home with the right backyard deck ideas. The options for style, design and scope for your deck project are almost limitless, so it can help to get some inspiration early on.

18 Back Porch Design Ideas

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Outdoor living rooms and backyard kitchens have become a rising trend in the past decade but here is an alternative from Christian Rice Architects that presents the back porch as a stylish yet convenient combination of the two with natural limestone tile as the flooring.

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The Dogtrot Form

The concept of a breezeway connecting a house with an outdoor living space takes on a distinctly Southern flair in this upscale dogtrot style design by Frederick + Frederick which combines a porch area with coquina flooring and a lap pool.

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Inside the Breezeway

Here is the interior view of the combination back porch/lap pool/recreation area designed in the dogtrot style for a sustainable vacation home.

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Comfort Zone

By combining an open air porch with a covered one, you can enjoy the best of both environments as seen in this striking multi-purpose design by The Consulting House that allows for formal and informal gatherings. A wide array of lounging options are strategically arranged around the handsome Ipe wood floor.

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Private Quarters

For homeowners with small backyards, here is a design solution from Christian Rice that makes the space private and intimate while creating a synergy with the back porch that, in this configuration, becomes a recreation/dining area with a built-in firepit and Trex composite decking.

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The Long View

Classic in its simplicity, this back porch design by Hendel Homes runs the width of the house and offers sweeping views of the yard with ample space for both privacy and entertaining.

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A Different Perspective

This sideways view of the same covered back porch reveals the laid-back charm of the design that features Ipe wood decking and is complimented by the white wicker furniture and personal touches like a folk art sculpture.

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Seamless Integration

For this dazzling showstopper by Hendel Homes, the back porch is seamlessly blended into the house design while still retaining the feel of an outdoor living room, thanks to the open fireplace, atmospheric lighting and screened-in comfort.

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Cedar and Concrete

Forget any preconceptions you have about back porches and consider this original design from The Porch Company which features a commanding cedar arbor over an impressive expanse of sand set concrete pavers. Add some casual garden furniture and you’re ready for a party.

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Lowcountry Living

Inspired by the vernacular farmhouses of South Carolina, this screened-in, Southern style back porch has a mellow vibe that comes with the rocking chairs and wicker furniture. The deck is made of unfinished tongue and groove Ipe wood.

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Gabled Oasis

Some homeowners like to think of their back porch as a private getaway and here is a design from The Porch Company that keeps everything low key and intimate. Atmospheric lighting inside the gabled roof and Ipe wood flooring make this an ideal retreat for a daytime or evening rendezvous.

Photo By: Image courtesy of The Porch Company and J. Paul Moore Photography

Pergola Paradise

An awe-inspiring king-sized pergola made of PVC wrapped columns and a deck made of Travertine pavers brings a touch of Mediterranean jet set glamour to this innovative design from The Porch Company.

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Fireplace Central

In this decidedly different and captivating remodel of a Kentucky home by JH Designs, the fireplace becomes a major component of the back porch, dividing the space visually in an intriguing way. The covered open porch also provides great views of the lush backyard.

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The Inside Scoop

Here is an interior view of the back porch of the remodeled Kentucky home which demonstrates the versatility of the space as an entertainment center, relaxation zone or dining area.

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Beverly Hills Jewel

Simple but elegant in its design, this shotgun style back porch from Tim Barber Architecture offers privacy and spaciousness. The Ipe wood deck is accented by white columns and dry stacks of bluestone.

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I See Through You

Do you long for a back porch design that allows you to enjoy the stars and nighttime sky? You might consider an arbor or pergola alternative such as this intriguing creation from The Porch Company which features a cedar arbor, fireplace, post-mounted lighting and pressure-treated decking.

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South Louisiana Tradition

This rustic back porch designed by Antoine Architects is in keeping with south Louisiana style with the columns, beams and porch ceiling constructed of antique heart pine. The doors and furniture are made of cypress.

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Screened and Framed in White

When it comes to porches, this back-of-the-house fixture is a superior example of the form as designed by The Porch Company. With its stained, tongue and groove cypress flooring, overhead fans and lighting scheme, entertainment center and fireplace (at the far end), it is the ultimate hang-out spot of the house.

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One of the first things to keep in mind for your backyard deck is that it's a connective space—it bridges the gap between outdoors and indoors. For this reason, you may want to actually cover a portion of your deck—the portion adjacent to the house—and then consider including landscaping around the perimeter of the deck. These two touches can subtly remind guests of the connection between the home and the backyard, and position the deck as a welcoming space between them.

Secondly, don't be afraid to take advantage of the contours of your backyard. If it slopes down, a two or multi-tiered deck may be a great way to work with the landscape as opposed to trying to tame it.

If you're working with a small space, consider a low-profile, one-tier deck, or one with just a few steps leading to the top platform. This will help take advantage of an economical amount of space, but still make for an attractive transition from indoors to outdoors.

Whether you're building a multi-tiered monstrosity or a humble single stepper, you may want to consider adding a focal point for your backyard deck. After all, it's going to be a gathering place for friends and family. Consider adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, seating or dining area.

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