A well-planned deck can add an extra dimension to the outdoor environment of a piece of property. Decks no longer need to be mere plain wooden platforms surrounded by a nondescript rail; they have evolved into veritable outdoor living quarters complete with tables, chairs, sofas, food preparation centers and hot tubs. The more adventurous homeowner may choose to spruce the deck up even further with the addition of lighting options and accessories. Outdoor evening festivities no longer need to end at sundown; you can party well into the night with a little forethought and design planning.
A carefully designed and furnished deck can add an entirely new atmosphere to both the home itself and to the outdoors. Adding your own personal touch to your deck will help make it more relaxing and enjoyable to your family, as well as setting it apart from the crowd - desirable for an first time homeowner. Below you will find six decking design ideas to inspire you.