Carefully sited, comfortably furnished, thoughtfully lit and sometimes even heated, these beautiful outdoor rooms are homeowners’ favorite spots to read, gather with friends, eat, tell campfire stories and more. Features like outdoor fireplaces and fire pits have extended their usage to at least three seasons, while comfortable furniture makes them spots that are hard to leave. What kind of features would you incorporate into your dream deck?
Deck 1: OneAbode Landscape Design, original photo on Houzz
5. Small, walled-in decks often have such a blah, claustrophobic feel (imagine plain gray cement-block walls rising up eight feet from this deck). But this design transforms what could have been monolithic fencing into a lovely accent. The verticality of the fence is broken up in a brilliant way — a row of planters, a line of evergreen shrubs and wood slats topped by the silvery leaves of small olive trees.
Deck 2: E C Schmitt & Company, original photo on Houzz
4. Outdoor fireplaces held steady as one of the most popular home design search terms for 2016. The immediate outdoor space off this farmhouse has it all: porches that lead to a marvelous deck that centers around a fireplace. Cushy furniture, throw blankets, a roaring fire and plenty of local Napa wines make this a deck the owners can enjoy almost year-round.
Deck 3: zero ten design, original photo on Houzz
3. This modest deck is another California wine country dream — a charming little private patio right off the bedroom. The pergola gives it a more enclosed porch-like feel without cutting off the sky. It’s a perfect place to end the day with someone you love.
Deck 4: Bobby Berk Home, original photo on Houzz
2. This deck is a wonderful spot for movie night. The custom lounge seating pops up from the decking and fold away flat when the owners want to put out other furniture or dance under the stars.
Deck 5: BK Interior Design, original photo on Houzz
1. Hugo the dog agrees, this is one fabulous deck. With two large awnings for shade as well as a sunny area, inviting furniture and that bright California light, why would anyone ever go inside?