Dark stained concrete flooring used indoors continues out to the home's deck. A steel and glass railing encloses the space, and an outdoor sofa and pair of armchairs provide comfy seating to take in the lakefront views.
If deck structure is solid and built properly, you may only need to replace the rails and deck boards. "However, a lot of code changes in the last 10 years make it a good idea to consider rebuilding the entire deck in most cases," says Jeremy Wrenn, President of Wrenn Home Improvements in Wake Forest, N.C. Big concerns include the proper installation of hangers, fasteners and especially bolts going through the deck band and into the house band. "Decks have collapsed from deck bolts not being installed or installed improperly," he says.
Not everyone has the luxury of a spectacular view, but there are other ways to make an ordinary deck look fantastic — like dressing up the space with a few fun stencils. The design on this deck's surface adds interest and movement.
Right in the middle of South Beach, one of the most popular and chic Miami neighborhoods, this penthouse deck features a breathtaking view. Contemporary wicker furniture provides cozy seating, and a large white umbrella provides ample shade.
A plush sectional lines this deck's outer edges, leaving enough room for a raised fire pit in the center, as well as more chairs when needed. The other half of the outdoor space becomes an outdoor dining room with a long rectangular table.
Sure, a stained wood deck is nice, but treat it to a coat of black paint and the look becomes significantly more elegant. “Black is versatile and dramatic,” says designer Stephanie Wilson. “Here, the black decking and rail acts as a strong base for the white walls and window trim; the black French doors tie the decking and the walls together and adds a lovely element of symmetry.”
There's plenty of room to lounge outdoors at the waterfront home. The second story balcony offers intimate, elevated views, and the pool deck features a mix of wood furnishings and cushioned seating conveniently next to the grilling station.
This lovely, serene deck off the kitchen creates a private setting, as the contemporary house and views surround the space. Especially stunning is the pop of color from the blue skies, which propels the contemporary space to the next level of design.