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10 Inspiring Deck Designs

Whether wood or composite, decks offer a place to relax, soak up the sun and entertain while also adding value to your home. If you're thinking of adding a deck or updating an existing structure, here are 10 deck designs to inspire you.

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Modern Deck DesignsPhoto: Courtesy of Supreme Deck Builders Inc.

Deck with Modern Railing

You can give an old deck a new look by adding modern railings. This deck design from Supreme Deck Builders features black balusters that give the deck a modern look when combined with wood railings. The railing elevates what would otherwise be in line with traditional wood deck designs.

Before you begin a deck project, check out these 15 building tips and shortcuts.

Photo: Courtesy of Supreme Deck Builders Inc.

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Deck with a Fire Table PitPhoto: Courtesy of Affordable Views by RJB Construction Inc.

Deck with a Fire Table

Add some coziness and comfort to your deck by building a fire table. Large deck designs like this one from Affordable Views by RJB Construction offers a space to relax and warm up thanks to built-in benches next to the fire table.

Photo: Courtesy of Affordable Views by RJB Construction Inc.

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Deck with Privacy FencePhoto: Courtesy of Deome Builders Inc.

Deck with Privacy Fence


One of our favorite deck design ideas, this partially covered deck from Deome Builders has an area with a built-in hot tub and a privacy fence. Converting a deck railing into a privacy screen blocks views and drowns out noise and wind.

Photo: Courtesy of Deome Builders Inc.

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Deck with PergolaPhoto: Courtesy of Outback Builders

Deck with Pergola


If you need a little relief from the sun on your deck, build a pergola. Outback Builders designed this deck which offers a shaded area thanks to a pergola, along with a sunny, open area.

Photo: Courtesy of Outback Builders

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Composite Deck Photo: Courtesy of Eckhoff Construction

Composite Deck


Composite decking materials, such as those used in this wrap-around deck from Eckhoff Construction, are low-maintenance when compared to wood. And it will likely last much longer than traditional wood deck designs. Composite is also a great choice for small deck designs that don’t require a lot of material.

Learn how to choose the right composite materials for your deck designs.

Photo: Courtesy of Eckhoff Construction

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Deck with Built-in Bar and BenchesPhoto: Courtesy of Carlson Projects Inc.

Deck with Built-in Bar and Benches


Deck designs like this one from Carlson Projects has a built-in outdoor bar and benches that create a space for entertaining or extra seating.

If you’re looking to build your own bar, check out these 17 home bar designs from readers.

Photo: Courtesy of Carlson Projects Inc.

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Small Deck with Patiohttp://hobsonlandscapes.com/carpentry/small-yard-deck-patio/

Small Deck with Patio


Small space? No problem! This design from Hobson Landscapes offers a small deck combined with a patio to make use of the mini backyard.

Build a stone or brick patio off the deck area to extend your outdoor living space.

Photo: Courtesy of Hobson Landscapes

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Large, Open DeckPhoto: Courtesy of Decks Unlimited

Deck Design Idea: Large, Open Deck


This large, open deck design has plenty of space for relaxing and dining. Since it is low to the ground, they didn’t include a railing around the entire deck. Always check local building codes.

Learn how to build deck stairs in a day.

Photo: Courtesy of Decks Unlimited

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Deck with Spiral DesignPhoto: Courtesy of Contractor Paradise

Deck with Spiral Design


Add a spiral design element to your deck, like this one from Contractor Paradise. It also features a built-in fire pit. This is more in the category of patio deck designs because it’s low to the ground and doesn’t require stairs or railing.

If you want to learn more about deck building and design, look no further!

Photo: Courtesy of Contractor Paradise

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Deck with Spiral StaircasePhoto: Courtesy of Screwheads Decking and Supply

Deck with Spiral Staircase


Another one of our favorite deck design ideas, a  spiral staircase gives this deck an updated look.

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Photo: Courtesy of Screwheads Decking and Supply