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Decking Ideas & Inspiration

Explore inspiring decking ideas that will drastically make your home more efficient & appealing.

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How to Build a Concrete End Table

This Old House DIY expert Jenn Largesse details the steps to building a concrete end table to complement deck or patio seating.
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Considerations for Building a Wrap Around Deck

Deck space is always at a premium, and who doesn’t want to bring in more style to their outdoor area? A wrap-around deck will extend your lounge space and improve the look of the home and its landscape. But before setting out to build a new deck or add onto the old one, here are a few key considerations for building a wrap around deck.
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11 Ways to Create an Inviting Space on Your Rooftop

Your house or apartment’s rooftop deck offers lovely, even jaw-dropping views, but it’s seriously lacking in the design department. Nevertheless, it holds many possibilities—as a tranquil place to begin or end the day, a spot for socializing, or as a retreat that lets you take in fresh air and sunshine above the fray. See our ideas for decking out your roof deck to make the most of the space.
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Beautiful Floating Deck Designs

These nine stunning ideas for floating decks will give you the urge to build one yourself in your backyard.
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Ingenious Hot Tub Deck Ideas

Give your hot tub the extra special touch it needs with these great deck ideas.
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10 Design Ideas for Small Decks

With a little planning, small decks and patios can provide the same entertaining value as larger outdoor spaces. See our simple ideas to maximize the space of your small deck.
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5 Best Deck Paints (2024 Guide)

In this review and buying guide, our team recommends the best deck paints to fit a range of outdoor spaces, preferences, and climates.
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How to Paint a Mandala on a Deck

Mandala designs have increasingly been on the rise in the Western world for a few years now. They’re everywhere: on apparel, linens, in adult coloring books, and are especially popular as tattoo designs
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3 Types of Awnings to Cover Your Deck

Awnings reduce sunlight, protect patio furniture, and make outdoor living more enjoyable. Let’s take a look at the different styles and costs of awnings.
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Decking Material Options to Consider

Explore a range of different possibilities before building your deck.
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Deck Ideas for Your Backyard

Design ideas to consider when remodeling or building your deck.
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How to Give Your Deck a Spring Cleaning

Wash, sand, and stain your deck to give it a fresh look for the spring.
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Why Wood Decks Never Go Out of Style

With its unique nature, varying grains, and overall warmth, nothing beats the beauty of a natural wood deck. Beyond the look, there are other benefits too; read on to find out what makes wood an ideal choice for decking.
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The TOH Guide to Decks

Kick off the warm season with the ultimate hangout spot
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16 Ways to Customize Your Deck

16 upgrades and add-ons to create a more attractive and usable backyard deck
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Exterior Wood Staining Made Simple

Your guide to beautifying decks, railing, furniture, and other exterior home details
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17 Stunning Decks to Inspire Your Backyard Transformation

Think outside the standard wood platform with smart design ideas for a range of settings and budgets
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DIY Backyard Projects for Summertime

Here are a handful of ways to create a more beautiful and relaxing outdoor space.
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37 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Outdoor Rooms

Set out a daybed, weather-resistant cushions, or one of our other finds, and in a short time you'll have the ultimate staycation escape.
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28 Easy Summer Weekend Projects

Looking for something to preoccupy your time this summer? Take a look at this roundup of our summer projects.
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The High-Tech, Low-Fuss Deck

New synthetic materials and stylish design features transform the old raised rectangle into an easy-to-care-for, good-looking getaway
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Fire-Resistant Decking and Framing

Keep fire from gaining a foothold on your deck or inside your home's walls with these flame-resistant framing materials
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Get Your Dream Deck

How to get the right backyard retreat for your house
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Finding the Right Design for Your Backyard Deck

Working on a deck? Plan ahead to avoid zoning, aesthetic, and budget problems.
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High-Tech Decks

Plastic planks that don't crack, rot, or splinter