Making the Most of Your Backyard Deck

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Curved benches and planters add interest to this deck
Curved benches and planters add interest to this deck (livbuildingproducts)

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 deck enhanced with carved railings
A deck enhanced with carved railings (Pinterest)
Multi-tiered decking adds character to this deck
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.

The deck is an extension of your home
The deck is an extension of your home (beautifulhomedesigns)
Build a deck around a water feature
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.

Separate areas for a fire pit and hot tub
Separate areas for a fire pit and hot tub (homeideasdesign.us)
Beautiful deck with separate sections
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.

Benches and planters for deck enhancement
Benches and planters for deck enhancement (Pinterest)
A fire pit enhances this deck space
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.

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Lighting enhances deck safety and function
Lighting enhances deck safety and function (outdoorlivingbucksmont.wordpress)
Deck lighting
Deck lighting (mjelectricomaha)
Paper lanterns make great party lights
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.

A tranquil area created by building the deck around a tree
A tranquil area created by building the deck around a tree (gardenista)
A beautiful deck area surrounds a tree
A beautiful deck area surrounds a tree (deckandarbor)
Curves accent this deck design
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.

Plantings around the deck
Plantings around the deck (decorhomeideas)
Decorate the deck with colorful pillows and accents
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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