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10 Amazing, Inspirational Decks

A deck is a private place where you can enjoy nature, gather friends and family, or escape with a good book. If you're going to build a new deck or refurbish an old one, use these deck ideas as inspiration.

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Covered DeckSantiago Cornejo/Shutterstock

Covered Deck

Decks are most often not covered, but adding something overhead adds to the overall look and feel of the deck. Here, a pergola made from maintenance-free decking material transforms this space into an outdoor room. Check out another unique way to shade your deck, here.

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Deck Level with the YardArtazum/Shutterstock

Deck Level with the Yard

A deck that is level with the adjacent yard serves as a smooth transition from the house to the outdoors. You may not need any steps or railings if your deck and yard are at the same level. Here's how to maintain the door from your deck to your home to make sure it doesn't rot.

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Deck LightingIrina Mos/Shutterstock

Deck Lighting

With proper lighting, your deck remains usable for entertaining and relaxing long after dark. Learn all about installing deck lighting in our guide. Plus, check out these creative ideas for outdoor lighting in your yard.

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Open Balcony DeckBondRocketImages/Shutterstock

Open Balcony Deck

This balcony deck, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, allows you to make use of both the outdoor deck and the interior of the home at the same time. With the doors wide open, the living space in greatly increased. If your deck boards are worn and weathered, here's how to revive them.

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Built-In Deckalexandre zveiger/Shutterstock

Built-In Deck

If you're designing a new home for a small lot, consider including a deck that is built into, rather than out from, your home. Not sure what decking material to choose? Check out our guide for comparisons and advice.

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Glass-Ceiling DeckDimasik_sh/Shutterstock

Glass-Ceiling Deck

The glass covering of the deck keeps out rain, lets in sunshine, and accommodates stargazing. The glass covering is only beautiful when it's kept clean, however. If glass become very dirty, here's how to clean it.

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Enclosed DeckFamily Handyman

Enclosed Deck

Many decks are open to the outdoors, but in some situations, full or partial walls provide much needed privacy and noise reduction. In this deck design, partial stone walls provide a cozy space for relaxing and entertaining. Learn how to build this deck here.

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Deck with Built-In FireplaceArtazum/Shutterstock

Deck with Built-In Fireplace

The focal point of this deck is a built-in stone fireplace. Brick pizza ovens and outdoor kitchens are two more amenities that make a deck a showstopper. Check out this collection of ideas for more inspiration.

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Deck with Railingtab62/Shutterstock

Deck with Railing

Mixing and matching deck materials is one way to make your deck unique. In this deck, the traditional cedar deck boards mixed with a white painted railing result in a cozy outdoor space. Another unique DIY railing possibilities is this maintenance-free railing.

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Deck with Glass Railing Flashinmirror/Shutterstock

Deck with Glass Railing

A glass deck railing offers unobstructed views of the surrounding scenery. And a glass deck railing is completely DIYable! Here are the complete instructions.