Decks, Outdoor living

6 Awesome Ideas for New Decks and Terraces

Spring time means getting outdoors more – for most of us – and thinking about outdoor activities. And outdoor living. The following decks and terraces will definitely get you thinking of the possibilities!
What follows are the deck and terrace photos uploaded to from January through March 2017 that Houzzers added the most to their ideabooks in that period. Go ahead, gather some ideas from these popular new outdoor rooms.


Rustic Deck by Zoske Construction


1. Consider Local Materials

Gauged Frontier stone from Montana is an apt choice for this Jackson Hole, Wyoming, terrace because it blurs the lines between the architecture and the surroundings. With a design like this and a spectacular view of the Grand Tetons, it’s easy to see why so many Houzzers are drawn to this photo. Look for local or regional materials to best blend a terrace or patio into the landscape.


Transitional Deck by BARRETT STUDIO architects


2. Use Sail Shades

These versatile covers can provide a combination of shade and sunlight on a deck. Colorful options and interesting shapes enliven the exterior of a home.


Contemporary Deck by studio M MERGE


This deck and pool area offers shady and sunny spots thanks to contemporary charcoal gray sail shades.


Beach Style Deck by Janette Mallory Interior Design Inc.


These retractable panels provide much-needed cover during prime sun hours.


Contemporary Deck by exactly.


3. Extend the Architecture Overhead

This modern take on the trellis accentuates the architecture of the house and provides a spot to hang magical outdoor globe lights.


Traditional Deck by ilumus photography & marketing


4. Build In the Furniture

Similar to the previous photo, a substantial trellis defines this outdoor living room on the deck.

But another important trend represented here is built-in deck furniture. This can make a small deck feel more expansive than free-standing furniture and maximize your deck’s seating potential. While these benches float, others we’ve seen have built-in storage beneath them to keep cushions clean and dry.


Contemporary Deck by PHT Lighting Design Inc.


5. Glean Ideas From Roof Decks

Many Houzzers are attracted to romantic urban roof decks. These spaces usually have to be carefully thought out due to limited space, weight restrictions and the desire for privacy.

On this deck, cleverly designed built-in planters provide privacy and a place for plants to thrive, and they serve as walls. Where they are cantilevered, lighting underneath provides a pleasant glow at night. You don’t have to be a Million Dollar Listing New York client to achieve a deck like this — these ideas can be adapted to a deck anywhere.


Contemporary Deck by Ampersand Architecture


You will likely need a pro’s help when planning a roof deck because weight is an important consideration when planting on one. Planters full of soil are heavy, and thus the structure beneath them must be able to support it.


Contemporary Deck by Kilrea Construction Inc.


6. Think Tiers

If you have the space, consider building several levels for the deck. Here, it helps the transition from conversation areas to lounging areas. And this one delineates the levels even more by using different materials on the deck. Long boards emphasize the area you traverse, while a more rhythmic composition sets the tone in the sitting area and turf adds a relaxing element in the sunbathing area.


Traditional Deck by ilumus photography & marketing


Here, the spa area and lounging, dining and grilling area are separated by different elevations and connected by attractive stairs clad in matching wood.


Contemporary Deck by Scott Christopher Homes




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