Get inspired for your own project or just take in the view
With a deck, the flow of living doesn’t have to be interrupted when you reach the door. The transition outside can be seamless, and the party never has to pause. These recent most popular decks on Houzz, which include platform, raised and cantilevered outdoor structures, reveal just that.
BK Interior Design, original photo on Houzz
1. This deck was designed for entertaining, connecting the kitchen of this home in Marin County, California, to the backyard. Located several inches off the ground, it also smooths the transition from indoors to outdoors.
A custom retractable shade keeps the space covered or exposed, depending on the time of day, and doesn’t clutter the floor with an umbrella pole. The homeowners’ French bulldog, Hugo, seems to enjoy it.
Awning: PJ’s Canvas; coffee tables: Restoration Hardware; sofa and chairs: Terra Patio; console table: Crate & Barrel
Kimberley Bryan, original photo on Houzz
2. Step off the kitchen in this historic home in Wenatchee, Washington, onto an expansive Trex deck designed for casual outdoor dining and entertaining. Two 8-foot-long farm tables and a 4-foot insert built by the homeowner’s brother anchor the space and invite friends and family to gather.
Exterior paint: Brilliant White, Benjamin Moore
Gunn Landscape Architecture, original photo on Houzz
3. Large potted trees and shrubs envelop this outdoor deck in New York City, contributing to a chic urban-jungle effect. Weathered, unfinished ipe decking and rattan chairs add to the relaxed East Coast beach vibe.
Dining table and chairs: Restoration Hardware
The Room Illustrated, original photo on Houzz
4. A compact deck in Melbourne, Australia, didn’t deter this industrious homeowner from growing herbs and veggies at home. A metal planter with a tiered structure and terra-cotta pots feature rosemary and other leafy greens. Peppers grow in a pot in front.
Margot Hartford Photography, original photo on Houzz
5. Plants peek from every nook and cranny of this urban deck in San Francisco’s Mission District. Garden designer and author Baylor Chapman uses everything from window shutters to vintage metal drum barrels as planters, and the succulents and other resilient plants she has incorporated into her garden seem to love it.
Arthur Rutenberg Homes by American Eagle Builders, original photo on Houzz
6. Sometimes it’s just about getting out of the way of the view, as this sprawling deck in South Carolina shows. Pull up a chair, sit back and take it all in.