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10 Cool Backyard Deck Design Ideas

There are many things to consider when designing a backyard deck, such as size, shape, materials, and accessories. With so many different design ideas out there, it can be hard to decide on just one. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 cool backyard deck design ideas! 

If you’ve been stressing over what to do about your new backyard deck, we’ve got you covered! Sit back and consider some of these exciting ideas!

1) No Railings

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The first idea we will be looking at brings a bit of an unconventional aesthetic to your backyard, but those looking for a more original style are sure to appreciate the look of a railing-less deck! This design is perfect for gathering around and enjoying the view, or simply relaxing in the sun. homeowners tend to appreciate how quick and easy the installation is because it involves less material than a more traditional deck. Be sure to take extra caution if you have young children or pets; a railing-less deck can be dangerous if not properly supervised.

  • Main Selling Point: Decks without railings are built low to the ground for safety, which makes them perfect for seamlessly transitioning parties from the deck to the rest of the yard.

2) Deck/Patio Combo

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Sometimes, it’s difficult to decide between a deck or a patio. If you can’t make up your mind, why not go for both? Having an elevated deck with a small patio beneath it is a popular option for two-story homes. This allows you to take advantage of the best features of both design elements. Installing multiple different materials could be a bit more costly, but we believe the benefits of such a versatile outdoor living space are well worth it!

  • Main Selling Point: This option gives you the best of both worlds – an elevated deck for entertaining and a cozy patio for relaxing.

3) Unattached

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If you are truly one who thinks outside the box, this is probably the option for you! This is the perfect option for someone who wants a deck but does not have adequate space for one to be built right next to their house. Having a floating or unattached deck in your yard can liven up any space and provide a great spot for entertaining or relaxing without being too close to your home. This option can also be cheaper than attached decks because you will not need to pay for the extra material or labor required to build next to your house.

  • Main Selling Point: Unattached decks provide all the benefits of a deck without you having to disrupt the land around your home’s foundation.

4) Composite Materials

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If you are looking for a more traditional deck design but want to avoid using wood, composite materials are a great option! These products are made from recycled materials and have become increasingly popular in recent years. Many homeowners appreciate how eco-friendly they are, as well as the fact that they require little maintenance compared to wood decks. These products come in a variety of colors and styles to suit any taste, and they can be just as beautiful as traditional wooden decks.

  • Main Selling Point: Composite deck boards are made to resemble the grain of a real wood, making them perfect for anyone who loves the aesthetic of real wood but doesn’t want to deal with the upkeep.

5) Exotic Woods

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For those who want a luxurious feel for their backyard deck, using exotic woods is a great option! These woods are typically more expensive than other options, but they are often much more durable and have a unique look that will make your deck stand out from the rest. If you choose to go with this option, be sure to consult with a professional to ensure that the wood is properly sealed and maintained to avoid damage from the elements. Though this option typically requires the most maintenance of all materials, there is no denying the beauty and uniqueness of a deck made from exotic wood.

  • Main Selling Point: Exotic wood decks are the best option for the homeowner who wants their deck to be noticed, and they increase the value of any home.

6) Two-Story Deck

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Why not take advantage of a two-story home by building a two-story deck? This is a great option for those who entertain often, as it provides plenty of room for guests. Raising a deck up on the second story also gives you the opportunity to take advantage of a great view, whether it be of the surrounding neighborhood or your own backyard. This option can be more expensive than a single-story deck because of the parts and labor involved with building an elevated deck. However, there are many benefits that come with this option, and any lost costs will surely be recouped when it comes time to sell your home!

  • Main Selling Point: Two-story decks provide ample space for entertaining large groups and offer stunning views that cannot be beat.

7) Unique Railings

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Just because your deck floor is made of a certain material doesn’t mean the railings have to match. In fact, using unique railings is a great way to add personality to your deck and make it truly your own. There are many different railing materials and designs to choose from, so you can easily find an option that fits your style. Whether you want something sleek and modern or rustic and traditional, there is sure to be a railing option out there for you. Consider a metal baluster inside a wooden or composite railing for a nice contrast.

  • Main Selling Point: Unique railings can really personalize your deck and make it stand out from the rest, while adding functionality and safety to your deck as well.

8) Pergolas & Gazebos

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Installing a pergola or gazebo directly into your deck is a great way to add some shade and protection from the elements. This can be a great addition if you live in an area with a lot of sun, as it will allow you to enjoy your deck without worrying about getting too much sun exposure. Of course, nothing beats being able to sit in the middle of a rain or snow storm while remaining dry and cozy. You can truly turn your deck into an entire other room for your home when you add a pergola or gazebo to the installation.

  • Main Selling Point: Pergolas and gazebos offer protection from the sun and other elements by turning decks into private, outdoor rooms.

9) Built-In Seating

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If you entertain often, built-in seating can be a great addition to your deck. It provides a place for guests to sit and relax, and it can also help to define the space. Unlike patio furniture, you never have to worry about built-in seating getting blown away in a storm, which often causes a lot of property damage. Using deck materials to form benches along the border of your deck can even help make your deck more private and intimate.

  • Main Selling Point: Built-in seating is a great way to provide a place for guests to relax without having to constantly rearrange bulky furniture.

10) Small & Simple

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If you have a small backyard, or if you’re not looking for anything too fancy, a small and simple deck can be the perfect solution. This is often the most cost-effective option, as you won’t need to purchase as much material or labor. A charming, compact deck could be the perfect place for a grill and an umbrella so that you always have a solid, dry area for cooking. Decks can be as big or small as you want them to be, so make sure you build the deck that is right for you.

  • Main Selling Point: A compact deck is the perfect choice for any homeowner who takes pride in their home and yard… no matter how big or small!
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