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Deck Design Ideas

Parakeet Cottage Project
Parakeet Cottage Project
Black and White Projects
Design and build @blackandwhiteprojects | Pictures @rikki_lancaster_commercial
Inspiration for a beach style backyard deck in Sunshine Coast with a roof extension.
New architectural home in Chatswood
New architectural home in Chatswood
BIC Construction Pty Ltd
Inspiration for a contemporary deck in Sydney.
Kirribilli
Kirribilli
Sydney Design & Landscape Creations Pty Ltd
Outdoor design
Design ideas for a tropical deck in Sydney.
SHELL SHACK
SHELL SHACK
Rustic Touch Pty Ltd
Beach style deck in Central Coast with a roof extension.
Griffiths Street
Griffiths Street
Amazema Interiors
Design ideas for a transitional deck in Sydney with a roof extension.
Bridport Terrace
Bridport Terrace
Matt Gibson Architecture + Design
Shannon McGrath
Design ideas for a contemporary backyard deck in Melbourne with no cover.
Contemporary Deck
Contemporary Deck
This is an example of a contemporary deck in Sydney.
Fitzroy North Project
Fitzroy North Project
Architected
James Morgan Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary deck in Melbourne with a pergola.
Oyster Bay Family Home
Oyster Bay Family Home
Karanda Interiors
Inspiration for a contemporary deck in Sydney.
Hillside Road, Avoca Beach
Hillside Road, Avoca Beach
Interior makeovers
This is an example of a contemporary deck in Wollongong with a roof extension.
Inner West escape
Inner West escape
Stone Lotus Landscapes
Design ideas for a contemporary ground level deck in Sydney with a pergola and glass railing.
Balmain - Inner city garden
Balmain - Inner city garden
sticks and stones Landscape Design
Small contemporary backyard deck in Sydney with a pergola.
Home Resort Luxury
Home Resort Luxury
Integrated Technologies Australia
Photo of a contemporary deck in Melbourne with a roof extension.
Interior design
Interior design
The Design Cupboard
Inspiration for a small beach style backyard deck in Other with a roof extension.
Moolap Residencec
Moolap Residencec
Dylan Barber Building Design
Builder: Clark Homes Photographer: Chrissie Francis Stylist: Mel Wilson
Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary deck in Geelong with a roof extension.
Lindfield NSW
Lindfield NSW
Fluid Design
Blue Poppy Photography
Mid-sized contemporary backyard deck in Sydney with a fire feature and a roof extension.
RENOVATION: Little Cove Reno 2
RENOVATION: Little Cove Reno 2
SX Constructions
Jason Smith Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary deck in Sunshine Coast with a roof extension.
Residential Work
Residential Work
Good With Wood
Inspiration for a country backyard deck in Wollongong with no cover.
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.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a deck renovation or are building a designer deck from scratch, Houzz has 226,543 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Surfcoast Property Stylist and Karanda Interiors. Look through deck photos in different colours and styles and when you find a deck design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful deck ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.