Deck Design Ideas

Decks are synonymous with Australian and New Zealand outdoor living. It’s out on your deck that you can read the Sunday paper, have a barbecue with neighbours or host a party – and come summer, Aussies and Kiwis swarm to them like mozzies to a bug zapper! Decking is also a popular flooring choice for patios, pergolas and pool surrounds, as well as balconies and verandahs. As an extension of your living space, outdoor decking needs to be ripe for relaxation, handle harsh weather and high foot traffic, and suit the style of your home, too. We are, however, spoilt for choice when it comes to decking options, especially regarding the choice of hardwood, which can make deciding on the right timber decking for your needs tough. Before you start building a deck, browse Houzz photos for design inspiration and check out the Stories section for more ideas. Once you're ready, you may want to hire a Landscape Architect or Gardener to help you complete your project.

How do I determine my deck design?


Decks can be customised to suit your home and landscape, so be open to a variety of designs. On this page, you’ll find the likes of balcony, verandah and patio decking, as well as breezeway decks, low-slung decks (barely raised off the ground) and master bedroom decks, just to name a few. If you have a contemporary home, you might prefer a mixed-materials deck with concrete stairs, for example, or rather a more simple party deck, complete with built-in seating and a barbecue. Decks can also wrap around garden features, like a feature tree, or curve through your garden.

If you want to tame a slope in your backyard, a raised deck or platform deck can help with backyard access. It can be covered or left uncovered, but if choosing the latter option, try to add structure to the space with planting. Multi-level decks are also great for sloping lots, and can help zone areas within your backyard. If you want to highlight or make more use of your backyard, consider a freestanding deck, which, complete with an outdoor dining set, seating, a gazebo or umbrella, can be used for entertaining or simply unwinding under the sun. Boardwalk decking is a great way to guide people through your yard, add structure and can help add a sense of design.

What hardwood decking should I use?


Price, appearance and overall maintenance will dictate your choice of hardwood decking. Spotted gum, teak, blackbutt, grey ironbark, jarrah and merbau are all popular hardwood varieties in Australia and New Zealand, while composite decking – a combination of wood and plastic – is becoming increasingly popular, too. Hardwood looks more natural, but does need to be stained and weatherproofed frequently. Spotted gum is one of the most attractive decking materials – it has a lovely grain and requires minimal staining. Teak is the best performing hardwood, but comes with a hefty price tag. If you’re after a red-coloured hardwood, consider merbau, which can handle the harsh Australian climate. Merbau decking will, however, leach tannins, so it’s best avoided near other light-coloured hardscapes. Composite decking is a more low-maintenance option than hardwood decking, as it doesn’t require resealing. It’s also more environmentally friendly: it won’t fade, rot or warp with time, meaning you can maintain the same deck for longer. If you live in a fire-prone area, it’s also less of a hazard.
Photo of a contemporary backyard deck in Melbourne with no cover.

Photo of a contemporary backyard deck in Melbourne with no cover.
green wall - evanjwade

Large mediterranean backyard deck in Newcastle - Maitland with a roof extension.

Edge Commercial Photography
Large mediterranean backyard deck in Newcastle - Maitland with a roof extension.
Wooden posts for decking - jactz

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Photo of a contemporary backyard deck in Sydney with no cover.

Photography David McGowan, styling TUBU Collective. Bamboo screen from House of Bamboo.
Photo of a contemporary backyard deck in Sydney with no cover.
Cool looking stepped approach for multilevel patio/balcony - christian_bannard

This is an example of a tropical backyard deck in Sydney with no cover.

Corrie Bond
This is an example of a tropical backyard deck in Sydney with no cover.
Backyard area if underhouse room renovated with bifold doors out to this. - klenartic

This is an example of a contemporary deck in Melbourne.

This is an example of a contemporary deck in Melbourne.
Dimensioni simili Panchina bordo giardino - antoforna

Inspiration for a contemporary deck in Melbourne with no cover.

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Inspiration for a contemporary deck in Melbourne with no cover.

Contemporary deck in Melbourne with a roof extension.

Modern balcony, with outside living space - couches, center table and Louvres & Shutters.
Contemporary deck in Melbourne with a roof extension.
does using Aluminium Lourves more economical than glass ranchers ? - serenawoonyong

Inspiration for a small contemporary deck in Brisbane.

Inspiration for a small contemporary deck in Brisbane.
plan with the window above he kitchen - sonyajenkins01

This is an example of a transitional backyard deck in Sydney with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.

This is an example of a transitional backyard deck in Sydney with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.
BBQ and Range hood - michael_sleep

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This is an example of a contemporary backyard deck in Gold Coast - Tweed with a vertical garden and a roof extension.

This is an example of a contemporary backyard deck in Gold Coast - Tweed with a vertical garden and a roof extension.
The fan in the kitchen dining area and alfresco area. - remeisqueen

Photo of a contemporary rooftop deck in Perth with a pergola.

Di Vincenzo Constructions
Photo of a contemporary rooftop deck in Perth with a pergola.
Would work well with glass and shade runner underneath - calsanbol

Contemporary backyard deck in Gold Coast - Tweed with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.

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Contemporary backyard deck in Gold Coast - Tweed with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.

Inspiration for a contemporary deck in Melbourne.

Patrick Redmond Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary deck in Melbourne.
Dimensioni Riscaldamento Tavolo Continuità con interno - antoforna

Design ideas for a transitional backyard deck in Sydney with a vertical garden.

Pilcher Residential
Design ideas for a transitional backyard deck in Sydney with a vertical garden.
Simple but stunning - markleec

Design ideas for a beach style deck in Brisbane with no cover.

Louise Roche - Villa Styling
Design ideas for a beach style deck in Brisbane with no cover.
Rohan Smith, senior interior designer at Coco Republic. “ - chris_white555

Small tropical rooftop deck in Cairns with an outdoor kitchen and no cover.

The outside kitchen was constructed using black galaxy granite tops and compact laminate cupboards (which can withstand complete exposure to the outside elements). A bespoke stainless steel splashback completed the seamless look. An oversized stainless sink, extending tap, bbq, commercial gas oven and glass/dish washing machine and bar/food fridge completed the design. mike newell status images

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Mid-sized scandinavian backyard deck in Sydney with a pergola.

Mid-sized scandinavian backyard deck in Sydney with a pergola.
Everything - algalal20

Contemporary backyard deck in Sunshine Coast with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.

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Contemporary backyard deck in Sunshine Coast with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.
outdoor area partly built in kitchen - webuser_535460645