A backyard deck is one of the most popular additions to homes in America. The number built has increased significantly over the last 10 years or so.
If you’re thinking of adding a deck to your home, you’ve got plenty of backyard deck and patio designs to choose from. Let’s look at 6 of the most popular backyard deck designs.
1. Island Deck
Who says you have to attach a deck to your home? If you’ve got a large backyard, why not create an island oasis away from the house?
Build it under the shade of some trees, beside a pond, or anywhere else you’d like to spend time. You can build a large or small backyard deck this way since it’s not limited by the size of your home or the layout of the yard next to the house.
2. Gazebo Deck
If you live somewhere that gets quite a bit of rain, like the Pacific Northwest, a gazebo deck is a good option. Building a gazebo over your deck shelters you from inclement weather and gives you the option to use it year-round.
You could even build a fire pit into your deck to provide warmth on colder nights.
3. Pergola Deck
If you don’t want to completely block the elements with a gazebo, build a pergola over your deck instead. The overhead latticework helps block the sun and creates a certain amount of shade without entirely covering the deck.
You can also use a pergola as a spot for climbing plants and vines to grow, making your deck a natural oasis.
4. Planter-Edged Deck
If climbing plants aren’t your thing but you’d like to have flowers and other greenery around you, a planter-edged deck is perfect. Build planters around the edges of your deck to accommodate whatever types of plants you want to grow.
You can even use the planters for a container garden, growing fresh vegetables a few steps from the door to your home.
5. Screened Deck
If you live in an area with lots of bugs, a screened deck is a great way to keep them out while still enjoying the fresh air. You’ll need to cover the deck but the walls can be screens that provide good airflow.
A screened deck will also help keep the elements out, which means pressure washing your deck won’t be necessary very often.
6. Outdoor Living Room or Kitchen
If you intend to spend a lot of time outside, you might want to build a deck that can replace your living room or kitchen. You can get furniture and appliances that are every bit as comfortable as the ones inside but use fabrics and materials that will stand up to the weather.
Endless Options for Backyard Deck and Patio Designs
These backyard deck and patio designs are some of the most popular but they only scratch the surface. You can design a deck to suit virtually any lifestyle.
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