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10 inviting decks

Pull up a chaise lounge and relax on the deck! Whether you're looking to build a deck, or just jazz yours up a bit, you'll find inspiration here.
  • Lakehouse luxury

    If you are lucky enough to have a home on the water, an outdoor space where you can relax and enjoy the view is an absolute must. This lakeside deck has a roof over one section, for outdoor dining or lounging on the couch on rainy days, or when the sun is too hot. Closer to the water's edge, an open area of the deck is the perfect spot to sit in the sun, and maybe even do a little fishing!

    Date Published: March 5, 2013
    Date Updated: March 5, 2013
  • Glorious gazebo

    The crown jewel of this deck is a sunken gazebo. A big, comfortable indoor-outdoor couch fills the structure, and a footstool with tray doubles as a coffee table. What a great place to entertain, day or night!

    Date Published: March 5, 2013
    Date Updated: March 5, 2013
  • Splashes of color

    This home's exterior is bright and cheery, and the view from the deck is amazing, so ordinary Adirondack chairs just won't do! Chairs and foot rests are painted in bright colors, with colorful cushions and striped pillows. Adding color to outdoor furniture is an easy way to brighten up any outdoor space.

    Date Published: March 5, 2013
    Date Updated: March 5, 2013
  • Decks to the dock

    A series of small decks leads visitors to this Lake of the Ozarks home to a floating dock and covered boat garage. Lighted rope twisted around the hand railings makes it easy to find your way in the dark. The lower deck has a sunken hot tub, in case this amazing view isn't relaxing enough!

    Date Published: March 5, 2013
    Date Updated: March 5, 2013
  • Mountain retreat

    The clean lines of this beautiful deck provide the homeowners plenty of space without distracting from the magnificent mountain view. A loveseat, table, and chairs form a nice conversation pit, and chaise lounges offer the perfect spot to just sit and take in the beauty of nature.

    Date Published: March 5, 2013
    Date Updated: March 5, 2013
  • Porch plus

    This older home has a beautiful, ornate porch, but the homeowner wanted more space for outdoor living. A deck was in order, but they also wanted to keep their porch in tact. The perfect solution was to build a deck onto the bottom of the porch. Now they can enjoy the coziness of their porch, and walk down the steps to their spacious deck.

    Date Published: March 5, 2013
    Date Updated: March 5, 2013
  • Bench seats

    In lieu of railings, this deck is surrounded by wide benches, making the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the view of the lake. Entertaining is easy with this type of deck, since there's room for so many people to sit. If you have small children and are this close to the water, though, railings would be a better option. Do you think the dog jumps off the deck and into the water?

    Date Published: March 5, 2013
    Date Updated: March 5, 2013
  • Double decker

    The patio outside the sliding glass doors of this home's walk-out basement is nice and shady, thanks to the deck overhead! Curtains hanging from the bottom of the deck can be closed for extra shade or privacy, giving the space a beachy, cabana feel. The deck itself also has shade options. Tracks attached to the overhead beams hold sheaths of UV-proof fabric, which slide back and forth to block the sun or let it shine in.

    Date Published: March 5, 2013
    Date Updated: March 5, 2013
  • Deckside retreat

    An indoor-outdoor zebra print rug makes this pretty deck feel warm and cozy. The star of the show, though, is the little screened-in house on the side of the deck. How would you use a space like this? Dining in the rain? Camp-outs with the kids? A bug-free outdoor office? The possibilities are endless!

    Date Published: March 5, 2013
    Date Updated: March 5, 2013
  • Designed for family

    This gorgeous multi-level deck includes an outdoor kitchen, Mission-style lighting, and a fire pit for nighttime fun with the family. It's built of ipe, a Brazilian walnut-like hardwood that lasts five times longer than softer woods. Read more about the construction of this amazing deck:

    Date Published: March 5, 2013
    Date Updated: March 5, 2013
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