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Decks And Patios 101

Updated on February 17, 2016

Decks & Patios Serve A Variety Of Functions

Decks & Patios serve the dual purpose of extending your living space and increasing property values. Well designed decks and patios give us pleasure from simply being outdoors. Entertaining friends for a weekend barbecue. Dining intimately with that special loved one. Simple time alone with that page turner you simply don't want to put down. Few activities are more refreshing and relaxing than enjoying the features of a well thought out deck or patio.

Decks & Patios Offer Graceful Transitions

Decks & patios blur the lines between the indoors & outdoors. Although decks serve as a part of the house, they offer a place to sit down and socialize. Patios welcome guests and visitors by softening the transition from the outside space into the house. Decks and patios can be located in the yard, offering a secluded area away from the house. By extending your living area, decks and patios make your home feel more spacious.


Your deck or patio should complement your house. It is a place to mingle natural and structural elements. Using the same colors is an easy way to strike a balance. Simply setting the same plants on your deck or patio, that already grow in your yard, will create coherence. Forethought will make enjoying your life on your patio possible under all sorts of weather conditions. Equipping a table with a collapsible umbrella will act as a rain repellent and a sun protector. While striving for harmony it is also a good idea to let your patio or deck have there own identities. While complementing your house and yard, they can become the focal point for your outdoor space. Enjoy!

Quick Tips That Add Pizz-Azz

10 Ideas To Take Your Deck To Extrordinary

Add Splashes Of Color

1) By using cushions and an outdoor friendly rug you can color coordinate your deck. Creating a new look, for little cash.

Create A Curve

2) If your deck is style-less try adding a sweeping modern curve with metal accents for a stunning modern style.

Container Gardens Add Piz-azz

3) Add piz-azz.- Container gardens with flowers, ornamental grasses, and shrubs add bright splashes of color.

Inexspensive Privacy

4) Create a private getaway with fencing covered with lattice and plants.

Add A Screen

5) A ready made canopy and bamboo screen will provide protection from the sun and keep out prying eyes.

Lush Plantings Add Flair

6) Decorating with lush plantings can take your deck from ho-hum to spectacular. Create tropical flair with palms and hanging baskets.

Instant Charm

7) Create charm wth spindles and a lattice skirt.

Pergola's Add Style

8) Add structure and style with a stately pergola.

Paint Provides An Instant Makeover

9) A coat of fresh paint and a set of new railings can provide the perfect makeover.

Create Comfort

10) Create a deck as comfy as your living room by selecting from the rising number of outdoor products.

~Life Is Sweet~

When viewed

from your patio

or deck.

Check Out These Expert Guides

Building A Deck

Building a Deck: Expert Advice from Start to Finish (Taunton's Build Like a Pro)
Building a Deck: Expert Advice from Start to Finish (Taunton's Build Like a Pro)

This is the definitive guide to building the most popular exterior building project there is: the deck. By walking the reader through the entire process -- from the planning stages, through construction step-by-step, to the custom details that make a deck unique -- Building a Deck covers the practical side of building as well as design considerations that make a difference to discriminating homeowners. 35 drawings and over 300 color photos are included.


Complete Deck Book-Design Your Own Deck

Complete Deck Book
Complete Deck Book

The Complete Deck Book is the only guide you'll need to design your dream deck, select materials, build it (or be an informed supervisor), and even repair and maintain it. Whether you're starting from the ground up or revamping an existing deck, this new edition of a Sunset bestseller will motivate you with an image gallery of stunning decks from around the country. Includes practical how-to advice, step-by-step photo-illustrated instructions, and detailed plans for building your choice of 16 state-of-the-art deck projects, all of varying degrees of difficulty

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decks: Updated 4th Edition, Includes the Newest Products & Fasteners, Add an Outdoor Kitchen (Black & Decker Complete Guide)
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decks: Updated 4th Edition, Includes the Newest Products & Fasteners, Add an Outdoor Kitchen (Black & Decker Complete Guide)

In this revised and expanded fourth edition of the all time best-selling books on decks homeowners learn in un-surpassed detail, the process of designing, building and maintaining a deck.

Design Ideas for Decks
Design Ideas for Decks

A successful deck makes the outdoors more enjoyable and functionally expands living space. Design Ideas For Decks provides the design inspiration homeowners need to create the deck of their dreams. Through portfolios of lavish photographs readers experience the latest trends in deck design.


~A Deck Can Become~

One Of The Most Beautiful Additions

That You Add To Your Home

...On the other hand...

A poorly built deck can be a disaster!

Take the time to consider these points before you begin!

Vital Considerations Before You Build


What is the primary purpose of your deck?


Is your choice location workable? Consider access, entrances and exits.


You will want to have a deck plan which serves as a guide for your entire project.

Attatching Your Deck

You need to determine if the framing of your home is strong enough and how you will cut away siding at the joining point.

Deck Supports

This is an important part of the process. Decide exactly how many footings and posts you need, and where to place them.

Decking Material

What materials do you plan to use? Chemically engineered to avoid the problems of traditional wood, composite decking materials are a popular choice. Redwood, Cedar and pressure treated pine are also good options because they resist deacay and rot. You may need to provide protectant and sealent materials if you choose another wood decking material.


Find out what permits will be required to build your deck in your area. Your city government will provide you with the answers you need.


Make sure you have all the tools you need on hand. Additional exspenses will be added to your project if you have to purchase these.

Professional Help

Remember that poorly built decks are very dangerous. Decking is not a good beginnig learning project. If you have little construction experience -"Hire A Professional."


Extras such as decorative handrails, flower boxes, and built in seating will personalize your deck.


When In Doubt

~Hire A Professional~

Home Project Tools - Build Your Dream Deck

Photo Credits

Photo Credits

Special Thanks To: Public Domain Pictures for their generosity & to the many incredibly talented photographers that share their work.

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      7 years ago

      Yes indeed, "Hire A Professional."

      A well built deck will last a very long time and give a great deal of satisfaction.

      Building code issues must be met to provide safe use.

      Taking shortcuts can lead to injuries and lawsuits.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      8 years ago

      Great information.


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      8 years ago

      You know, we also worked outside to do a stone paver patio which showcases the entrance to our finished, built-out patio. I find these spaces the most heartwarming of the whole house.

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful wicker sets for the patio. :)

    • KOrazem profile imageAUTHOR

      Seeking Pearls 

      8 years ago from Pueblo West

      @mbgphoto: It is a wonderful way to escape....thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • KOrazem profile imageAUTHOR

      Seeking Pearls 

      8 years ago from Pueblo West

      @jptanabe: Good Luck~I hope you find a space for your deck soon

    • KOrazem profile imageAUTHOR

      Seeking Pearls 

      8 years ago from Pueblo West

      @KimGiancaterino: Thank-you for the kind comments~Kim.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

      Pretty lens! We love our outdoor living areas. That's one great thing about life in southern California. We can sit outside in the rain under our porch.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      8 years ago

      Very informative.


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      9 years ago

      Love outdoor living! Nice presentation. :)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Wish we had a deck! I'd love to sit and read a book outside on a beautiful deck. Well now at least I know how to make it beautiful, if only I could figure out where/how to have one!

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      9 years ago

      Very good job! You deck or patio should be like an outdoor room.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      9 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love spending time on my patio. It is a great way to escape...even if only for a short time. It is my favorite place to sit and read a book or spend some time photographing nature.


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