The best wooden deck is one you don’t notice: It creates outdoor living space without distracting you from the outdoors.
Here are 15 of our favorite wood decks—built of cedar, redwood, or tropical hardwoods such as ipe—that disappear, quietly receding into their surroundings to showcase the natural landscape:
Featured photograph by Joe Fletcher courtesy of Sagan Piechota Architecture, from The California Life, Outdoor Living Room Included.
Los Angeles, California
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Carmel Valley, California
Shelter Island, New York
Puget Sound, Washington
Prague, Czech Republic
Hudson Valley, New York
West Dorset, England
For more ideas about designing and building decks, see:
- Garden Design 101: Guide to Decks & Patios.
- Hardscaping 101: Wood Decks.
- The New Outdoor Living Room: Built-In Sofas for Decks and Patios.
Finally, learn how to successfully design a deck for any landscape or exterior home project with our Hardscaping 101: Decks & Patios guide.