Now this is outdoor living! Even if you can’t add all these fun features, consider adding a fireplace or installing a roof over the deck. That way, a little rain doesn’t have to limit your outside time. For maximum elegance, choose Horizon composite decking, shown here in exotic Ipe.
The “V” pattern of the Fiberon Horizon Ipe boards creates an eye-catching floor design. Using the same composite boards as top rails provides a striking contrast to the white posts and visually connects the space. The wide flat top rail also doubles as table-top dining. Add in the outdoor kitchen, and this deck is sure to impress.
Ipe decking, a type of Brazilian hardwood, is used for a wide set of stairs leading onto a screened porch designed by Clark Harris of Innovative Construction, based in Roswell, Ga. Pocket doors maximize the porch space and create a unique entryway.
Sometimes the secret to creating a spectacular balcony garden is all about the decking as in this handsome layout by Terra Firma Design that uses Brazilian hardwood Ipe for the flooring. It provides a lovely visual counterpoint to the green plantings and earth tones of the wraparound couch.
Two sections of the 16-foot ipe screen encasing this modern home dramatically unfold, revealing the home's formal dining room. Two steel box windows also break up the ipe screen. The top floor of the home boasts walls of windows for uninterrupted views.
This composite deck from Fiberon features a darker inlay pattern that defines the outdoor dining area, the same way an outdoor rug would. Accessories provide pops of color to contrast the Fiberon Horizon Dark Walnut composite railing, matching post-sleeve lighting and round black balusters.
Not every deck party needs to happen during the day. With the right deck lighting – think side posts and post caps as well as riser lighting on the stairs for safety – you can create a warm, inviting atmosphere that’s perfect for an adults-only cocktail party or movies and s’mores for the kids.
Who said decks had to be square? Today’s trends favor unique shapes and eye-catching board designs (notice the darker inlay in Tudor Brown that highlights the seating area). The variegated streaking of the boards, Fiberon Horizon composite decking in Ipe, gives the space added drama.
Here is an expansive, open Ipe deck that offers ample room for both full sun and shade activities. Ipe is a tough, durable and visually striking hardwood that is popular among homeowners. Tips for DIY installation: Use pre-grooved boards which will save you time in assembling; Carefully inspect all boards in advance to weed out any that may be slightly bent or warped; Use a face mask when installing to prevent irritation from the sawdust.