Best Backyard Deck Ideas

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You can transform your outdoor space and add to the value and visual appeal of your entire home with the right backyard deck ideas. The options for style, design and scope for your deck project are almost limitless, so it can help to get some inspiration early on.

One of the first things to keep in mind for your backyard deck is that it's a connective space—it bridges the gap between outdoors and indoors. For this reason, you may want to actually cover a portion of your deck—the portion adjacent to the house—and then consider including landscaping around the perimeter of the deck. These two touches can subtly remind guests of the connection between the home and the backyard, and position the deck as a welcoming space between them.

Secondly, don't be afraid to take advantage of the contours of your backyard. If it slopes down, a two or multi-tiered deck may be a great way to work with the landscape as opposed to trying to tame it.

If you're working with a small space, consider a low-profile, one-tier deck, or one with just a few steps leading to the top platform. This will help take advantage of an economical amount of space, but still make for an attractive transition from indoors to outdoors.

Whether you're building a multi-tiered monstrosity or a humble single stepper, you may want to consider adding a focal point for your backyard deck. After all, it's going to be a gathering place for friends and family. Consider adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, seating or dining area.

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