Making the Most of Your Backyard Deck

Making the Most of Your Backyard Deck with flower boxes.

A deck not only adds value to your home but it opens up a whole new world for your backyard living.  A deck provides the space for you to enjoy outdoor relaxation, play and entertaining.  Let these decks inspire you and learn how to make your deck fabulous and ready for outdoor living.

A wooden deck with stairs leading up to a house, maximizing your backyard space.
A deck enhanced with carved railings (Pinterest)
Making the Most of Your Backyard Deck with a Table and Chairs.
Multi-tiered areas add character to this deck (pic2fly)

A backyard deck is an extension of the home, allowing the indoor space to merge with the outdoor.  You can make the space welcoming and functional.

Making the Most of Your Wooden Deck
The deck is an extension of your home (beautifulhomedesigns)
Making the Most of Your Backyard Deck with a koi pond and patio furniture.
Build a deck around a water feature (BHG)

Building the deck on different levels adds interest and allows you to create different areas for cooking, relaxing and entertaining.  Create a raised level for a hot tub or a container vegetable garden.

Making the Most of Your Backyard Deck with a hot tub and fire pit.
Separate areas for a fire pit and hot tub (homeideasdesign.us)
Making the Most of Your Backyard Deck with a hot tub and table.
Beautiful deck with separate sections (beautifulhomedesigns)

Include enhancements to the deck such as planters, fire pits and benches.  Planters can be used to plant flowers for colorful displays throughout the year.  An area for a fire pit makes for a great addition to the deck and creates a perfect spot for entertaining.  Building benches adds dimension and provides extra seating.

A deck adorned with colorful flowers adds vibrancy to your backyard.
Benches and planters for deck enhancement (Pinterest)
A backyard deck enhanced with a fire pit and potted plants.
A fire pit enhances this deck space (Pinterest)

Lighting is an important factor for safety and function.  If you use your deck at night, install lighting to the steps and along the railings.  This also adds a great accent for entertaining.  Hang outdoor string lights along railings and on any trellis structures on the deck to create a festive atmosphere for backyard parties.

A deck with illuminated seating for enjoying your backyard at night.
Lighting enhances deck safety and function (outdoorlivingbucksmont.wordpress)
Making the Most of Your Backyard Deck with a wooden railing.
Deck lighting (mjelectricomaha)
Making the Most of Your Wooden Deck
Paper lanterns make great party lights (memorabledecor)

Create something different by building the deck around trees.  Curves and unique patterns can be visually pleasing.  Building around trees allows for shaded areas and eliminates the need to cut down these backyard treasures.

Making the Most of Your Backyard Deck with a Tree.
A tranquil area created by building the deck around a tree (gardenista)
Making the most of your backyard deck with a table and chairs.
A beautiful deck area surrounds a tree (deckandarbor)
Making the Most of Your Backyard Deck with a fire pit.
Curves accent this deck design (Pinterest)

Decorate the deck as if it were an indoor room.  Choose colorful outdoor rugs, accent furniture such as ceramic garden stools, unique lanterns and even outdoor artwork to enhance your deck space.  Landscape around the deck with a mixture of evergreen bushes and perineal plants.  Introduce annuals into the mix for seasonal color.

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Making the Most of Your Backyard Deck in a wooded area.
Plantings around the deck (decorhomeideas)
Making the Most of Your Backyard Deck with furniture and a fire pit.
Decorate the deck with colorful pillows and accents (goodshomedesign)

A backyard deck is a valuable home asset.  Take full advantage of it with architectural accents, lighting, interesting construction and unique decorating.  Your deck should be a space to relax and entertain in style while enjoying the outdoors.

 

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