Deck Design Ideas
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.
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Beach style deck in Brisbane with an awning.
deck and kitchen opening - carstenemrich
Photo of a contemporary backyard deck in Melbourne with a pergola.
Outdoor decking, wide and tall sliding door entry, covered (but in a way to not prevent too much light from coming into the home if possible), include space for BBQ or pizza oven? - christine_matusica
This is an example of a contemporary backyard deck in Geelong with a pergola.
windows for ventilation (very Brisbane) - angela_kapnias
Inspiration for a beach style backyard deck in Sydney with a roof extension.
Not the worst idea for a small kitchen, prob better just to have a sliding door with full floor to ceiling veiw out the vack - webuser_933968896
This is an example of a beach style deck in Melbourne.
bar open to outdoor/indoor living - ljd_hn1
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Contemporary backyard deck in Melbourne with a fire feature and a roof extension.
Fireplace just outside from the living - jeff_stenhouse
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 backyard deck in Adelaide with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.
Mel and Andrew’s place. - daniel_duffy31
The deck functions as an additional ‘outdoor room’, extending the living areas out into this beautiful Canberra garden. We designed the deck around existing deciduous trees, maintaining the canopy and protecting the windows and deck from hot summer sun.
Plenty of seating around a deck. Acts as a wall and feature. - webuser_636962171
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary backyard deck in Melbourne with a pergola.
Outdoor Privacy Screen - eva_schafroth
Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary backyard deck in Sydney with a roof extension.
potentially under the extension linking the inside with the outside - martinamooy
Contemporary backyard deck in Sunshine Coast with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.
outdoor area partly built in kitchen - webuser_535460645
This is an example of a contemporary deck in Melbourne.
Dimensioni simili Panchina bordo giardino - antoforna
Photography by Josh Douglas of Hausable Photography.
Contemporary deck in Brisbane with a roof extension.