Deck features to upgrade your outdoor space

Pinterest and Houzz photos offer the best examples of wood deck features that you can use to update and upgrade your deck. It is amazing how an inviting outdoor space can take your mind off the indoor chores and provide a real getaway in your own backyard. Here are some of the good ideas that take your outdoor space to a whole new level. 

From Pinterest, an article from Real Simple magazine titled "Small Backyard Ideas for a Dreamy Outdoor Oasis" had three ideas listed below I really liked. The article is written by By Alyssa Longobucco and Morgan Noll. Image credits are captioned under each photo.

  • This simple trellis with hanging lights, paneled sides with built-in benches and planters makes this outdoor space cozy. Add the table and you are ready for dining al fresco. Design and photography by Laura Sima of Sima Spaces.
  • Create subtle privacy with a natural wood look. Design and photography by Rachel Hoback of Sprucing up Mamahood.
  • A white contemporary design really adds a focal feature to your backyard. Design and photography by Brit Arnesen of Brit Dot Design.
features that update your deck

Also on Pinterest from Apartment Therapy are "16 Stunning Deck Ideas that will Get You Excited for Summer." The article is written by Nancy Mitchell. I've listed a few favorites.

  • A deck built between three sides of a fence in the back of the yard, while connecting to the deck next to the house. Image credit: Curbed.
  • Right outside the master bedroom outdoor exit, add a small deck with a chaise lounge. Built with large posts for steps, this simple deck with plantings around it, make for a relaxing start to the day with a cup of tea or coffee and maybe a sunrise view. Image credit: Sunset.
  • Built right off the back steps, here is where you see the difference that the beauty of wood makes. Wood added to this space warms up the whole back yard along with lush landscaping, concrete pavers with a gravel base that creates a patio feel. And let’s not forget the hot tub. Image credit: Falling Waters Landscape.
  • This simple, sleek, modern, low level deck doubles as seating for the firepit. No railing is International Residential Code (IRC) code-required on single-family homes when decks are less than 30" from the ground. But do check with your local code official as codes can change. Image credit: Dwell.
features that update your deck

Houzz features an article from, by Lucy Searle titled "Shade Sail, Summer’s Most Useful Quick Fix." The author picks updated styles that will transform your deck.

  • Create a "bump-out" booth and add a sail shade when needed. Contemporary in design, this outdoor booth is "crowned" with a sail umbrella to add to the modern design. Design and photo credit by London Garden Designer.
  • Add privacy to your spa area with corrugated acrylic panels framed with treated wood. The added hooks for towels make for easy reach. From Eclectic Deck.
  • From Archadeck of Charlotte, an easy way to expand your deck is right at the bottom of the stairs. Now you are ready for larger gatherings, especially with added benches. This Ecolife® treated wood deck was designed and built by Archadeck of Charlotte.
features that update your deck

For more features that will upgrade your deck, check out these!

Where to find Ecolife treated wood.