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Deck Design Ideas

Darling St, Balmain East
Darling St, Balmain East
Wyatt Projects
This is an example of a contemporary deck in Sydney.
Seaforth
Seaforth
Real Constructions Pty Ltd
Peter Crumpton
Contemporary deck in Other with a roof extension.
HYDE PARK
HYDE PARK
365 Studio
Photo of a contemporary backyard deck in Adelaide with a roof extension.
Fitzroy North Project
Fitzroy North Project
Architected
James Morgan Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary deck in Melbourne with a pergola.
Buderim #3
Buderim #3
Menzie Designer Homes Pty Ltd
Design ideas for a beach style deck in Sunshine Coast.
Moores Pocket House
Moores Pocket House
Hausable - Property Photographers
Photography by Erin Douglas of Hausable Photography.
Scandinavian backyard deck in Brisbane with a roof extension.
Enmore Home
Enmore Home
Dovetail Design Group
Design ideas for a contemporary ground level deck in Sydney with no cover.
Ashgrove Project
Ashgrove Project
Popham Interiors
Photo of a contemporary deck in Brisbane with a roof extension and cable railing.
Kew Alterations & Additions
Kew Alterations & Additions
Sketch Building Design
Dana Beligan
Contemporary backyard deck in Melbourne with no cover.
McKinnon Residence
McKinnon Residence
Willow Architecture + Design
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard deck in Melbourne with a roof extension.
6 warri way eco home
6 warri way eco home
DJG Projects pty ltd
This is an example of a contemporary backyard deck in Gold Coast - Tweed with a vertical garden and a roof extension.
The Eliza Penthouse
The Eliza Penthouse
ANNA CARIN Design
Justin Alexander
Inspiration for a contemporary rooftop and rooftop deck in Sydney with a container garden and no cover.
Fletcher Street Outdoor Living
Fletcher Street Outdoor Living
Connected Design
Design ideas for a contemporary deck in Sydney with a roof extension.
Bakers Road
Bakers Road
EG DESIGNS
Inspiration for a contemporary deck in Newcastle - Maitland.
The Gold Coast Beach House
The Gold Coast Beach House
Jessi Eve
Photography: The Design Villa
Beach style deck in Gold Coast - Tweed with a container garden and a pergola.
Red Hill
Red Hill
Easton.
Contemporary deck in Melbourne.
Spinifex House
Spinifex House
Khab Architects
This is an example of a beach style courtyard deck in Adelaide with no cover.
Seaforth House
Seaforth House
TKD Architects
Michael Nicholson
This is an example of a contemporary deck in Sydney.
Hamilton Hill Residence
Hamilton Hill Residence
Highgate House
Design ideas for a beach style deck in Brisbane with a roof extension.
Contemporary Home Offers Relaxed Living in Annandale
Contemporary Home Offers Relaxed Living in Annandale
Pilcher Residential
Pilcher Residential
Contemporary backyard 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 227,920 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Interbuild AU and Real Constructions Pty Ltd. 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.