Traditional and Comfortable Decks for Everyday Use

With a simplistic look and a comfortable feel, these traditional decks are perfect for relaxing, entertaining or gathering friends and family anytime of the year.

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Flower Color

The clean light-wood deck and wrought-iron furnishings get their vibrant touch of color from the bright red flowers planted in containers across the deck. To create additional seating, the deck planking is extended upward to form benches along the back railing. Sent in by Rate My Space contributor codesign.

Party-Style

Sometimes decks are rarely used for anything other than a party. This guest-ready deck features an extra-large built-in bench for seating, a fire pit, and enough pillows and cushions to make it cozy for everyone. Now it can also be used Monday through Friday. Design by John Gidding

Drinks in Hand

Whether your deck is in the front, side or back, turn it into your most-used exterior spot by always keeping the party outside. This back-to-side deck is especially unique with rows and rows of horizontal planks. Plus, the height and length of the deck ledge are perfect for an outside bar. Design by John Gidding

Spaciously Warm

When dealing with large groups in one confined area, it's always best to offer multiple conversational spots. This spacious deck feels surprisingly intimate as several elements work together to create subtle boundaries. Sent in by Rate My Space contributor dustinsgirl.

Private Conversation

Extra-large decks can enhance any backyard, especially when stretched around the side of a house. Designer John Gidding didn't want to waste space, so he created a small private nook with a cafe table and four chairs to serve as an intimate conversational spot. The detail in the deck railing adds that extra spark of sophistication to a seemingly simple deck.

Front and Center

Having a deck in the front of the house is certainly a unique exterior element. Designer John Gidding thought adding a spacious party-ready spot in the front would add just the right amount of curb appeal. The deck structure is kept sleek, clean and simple to avoid clashing with the home or appearing too busy against the furnishings and landscaping. The medium-tone wood stain is the ideal shade to complement the baby blue home exterior and gray-tone shutters.

Beach Dweller

If you live minutes from the beach, keeping a pristine deck may not be possible with all the sand that passes through every day. Why not embrace the timeworn look by going with a shabby theme? Add some Adirondack chairs, rustic lanterns and summer-hued pillows, and you're ready for the hot summer days ahead. Design by John Gidding.

Jazzed-Up Patio

Designer John Gidding transformed this dull concrete patio into an entertainment oasis by adding a colorful and multifunctional deck. Rather than installing traditional railings, horizontal planks of wood were evenly spaced on both sides of the deck to create a sleek and ultra-modern look.

Boardwalk-Style

The rustic back deck from HGTV Dream Home 2004 can accommodate extra-large gatherings or serve as a peaceful spot for smaller groups.

Hot Spot

Large enough to host weekly neighborhood shindigs, this unique back deck certainly expands over the vicinity of the yard. With a hot tub, swing and dining sets, there's plenty to do anytime of the year. Plus, the homeowners had to pull in the green and cream color palette to make a bold statement. Sent in by Rate My Space contributor JustMeFawn.

Ultimate Serenity

The simplistic nature of this back deck comes from its naturally soothing surroundings and organic palette. Perfect for a tranquil getaway, the encircling wilderness, soft lighting and plain furnishings are the ideal backdrop to help clear the mind. Sent in by Rate My Space contributor Christopher_Etienne_E.