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Turramurra House
Turramurra House
Bawtree Design | Architecture + Interiors
outdoor room with kitchen, bbq, servery window
Mid-sized beach style deck in Sydney.
F A R M H O U S E
F A R M H O U S E
A & K Designer Build
Design, Construction & Interiors by A & K Designer Build Photography by Anastasia Kariofyllidis
Photo of a contemporary deck in Brisbane.
Property Styling
Property Styling
keeki Property Styling
Photo of a transitional backyard deck in Melbourne with an outdoor kitchen and no cover.
Whale Beach House
Whale Beach House
TM Design Studio
Inspiration for a contemporary deck in Sydney with no cover.
The Gap 2
The Gap 2
Jenny Ford Design
Inspiration for a contemporary deck in Brisbane.
Freshwater
Freshwater
mm+j architects
This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary backyard and ground level deck in Sydney with a pergola.
Calafornian bungalow with a modern twist
Calafornian bungalow with a modern twist
Kube Constructions
This is an example of a beach style deck in Melbourne.
Kilaben Bay house
Kilaben Bay house
Ukalovic Design
This is an example of a contemporary first floor deck in Other with a roof extension and cable railing.
Bardon Renovation | 1
Bardon Renovation | 1
Verandah Building Design
This is an example of a beach style deck in Brisbane.
City Beach
City Beach
Residential Attitudes
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary backyard deck in Perth with a container garden and a roof extension.
Balmain - Inner city garden
Balmain - Inner city garden
sticks and stones Landscape Design
Small contemporary backyard deck in Sydney with a pergola.
DuraLife Composite Decking in Tropical Walnut
DuraLife Composite Decking in Tropical Walnut
DuraLife by Barrette Outdoor Living
Photo of a contemporary deck in Portland Maine with no cover.
Pine House
Pine House
Bryant Alsop Architects
Design ideas for a contemporary deck in Melbourne with no cover.
Yacht St, Renovation
Yacht St, Renovation
Tomkins Constructions
Photo of a beach style ground level deck in Gold Coast - Tweed with a roof extension.
Albert Park
Albert Park
Modscape
Inspiration for a modern deck in Melbourne with no cover.
Renovation Malvern East
Renovation Malvern East
dcf design group
Indoor outdoor living - seamless integrated between the two
Photo of a contemporary deck in Melbourne.
Massena - Shell Cove II
Massena - Shell Cove II
McDonald Jones Homes
Photo of a contemporary deck in Wollongong with a roof extension.
MT LAWLEY PROJECT#1
MT LAWLEY PROJECT#1
Outside In
Photo of a contemporary deck in Perth.
Indoor - Outdoor Entertaining
Indoor - Outdoor Entertaining
Canberra Decks
The key objective of introducing indoor-outdoor concepts in home design is to ensure that there is an easy passage between the two zones. For this project in Monash, we have installed large bifold doors which invite the sunshine in and frame the surrounding views of nature whilst creating a seamless transition out onto the new merbau deck with built in BBQ and bench seating
New Architecturally Designed Home
New Architecturally Designed Home
Gardner Construction
Contemporary deck in Sydney 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 232,513 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including DuraLife by Barrette Outdoor Living and dcf design group. 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.