Get the Look: Deck Details You’ll Want to Copy
See some unique features that make this deck so inviting and useful at the same time.
These coffin corners serve both practical and aesthetic purposes. The practical: cutting the corners leaves room for plants but keeps the deck from encroaching on the path. The aesthetic: coffin corners look more “finished” than standard corners and tone down the rectangle shape of a deck. Although you can’t see it in the picture, the coffin corner echoes the shape of a nearby bay window. This helps the deck look more like it belongs with the house.
Plants for Privacy
Landscaping also helps a deck feel more at home—literally. See how we landscaped this deck. While landscaping, consider privacy. In this case, these upright Fine Line buckthorn from Proven Winners will grow 6–8 feet tall, providing privacy without overpowering the deck or house.
Room With a View
Unless you have a standalone deck, there’s a room attached to your deck. Consider the view from that room when deciding what railings, accessories and plants to include. In this before and after, you can see the old seat railing was too high, interfering with the view. The replacement built-in seating is lower and does not impede the view. Repair or upgrade your deck railings with these tips.
Seat or Eat
Speaking of built-in seating, this one features a solid pressure-treated wooden frame for strength and stability, and it’s covered with Trex Transcend Spiced Rum to match the deck. It’s 18 inches high, which makes it perfect for seating—or eating, as it easily holds a smorgasbord’s worth of drinks and snacks. You could even pull up a chair and use it as a foot rest. Here’s another deck with a simple built-in seat.
There are plenty of composite deck colors—and just as many stains if you have a wooden deck. While the choice of color is up to you, it’s wise to coordinate your deck, furnishings and accessories. Notice how nicely the brown decking goes with the hunter green furniture. A third color—antique white—is introduced in the pots and seat cushions. This is how to restore a wooden deck with stain.
Here’s another look at those coordinated colors. But, the photo shows something else: pots softening a corner and helping make the transition from deck to landscape. If using more than one pot, mix up the sizes but match the color and style. These lightweight containers can easily be moved if extra seating is needed on the built-in benches. Here are some of the best plants for containers.
What’ll you have with that? Lattice? Not with chipmunks and a dog that likes to chase. For us, nothing but solid sides would do, which is why we ran fascia board from top to bottom. It required a little more support than lattice, but the deck looks more substantial and finished. You can run the fascia board horizontally or vertically. Just be sure to determine that before the deck flooring is trimmed because it will make a difference in how the flooring and fascia come together. See how this deck was built.
On the Rocks
Those chipmunks I mentioned in the last slide? In addition to the top-to-bottom fascia, we did something else to thwart them. After the deck was framed but before it was finished, we covered the bare soil beneath the deck with river rock. Less incentive to dig. Check out this collection of other humane pest control tips.
Step This Way
It took a little more cutting than standard steps, but these steps were worth the extra effort. The wrap-around effect has a stagelike appearance that makes the entry and exit point seem special. Planting variegated lamium at the base will soften the hardscape and help meld steps and pavers in the near future. Make steps wide enough for two people to descend at the same time. It’s more of a visual clue than anything else—wider steps just look more welcoming. Learn how to build steps for your deck.
Get in the Zone
Decks serve multiple purposes: eating, entertaining, relaxing. Furnish them accordingly. We have a 5-piece dining set for meals and card games and gliders for relaxing and reflecting. Each has its own zone, just like you’d have separate rooms in the house. Here are 16 gorgeous deck and patio ideas for inspiration.