Outdoor decks can benefit nearly every home. Whether used as a retreat or for entertaining, decks and patios are multifunctional outdoor living spaces. If you're a do-it-yourselfer with some carpentry skills, you will find all you need to plan, install, and finish a new deck addition in your landscape. Look to our pictures of decks for design ideas to help you get a plan in place. You'll find ideas in nearly every size and shape, as well as clever solutions to problems such as slope, multiple levels, and privacy needs. Backyard decks and docks are a great way to entertain. If you're looking for ways to take your deck up or down, try a multilevel deck design. Safety and beauty are two top-of-mind deck concerns; to give your deck an easy makeover, try a new railing that also maintains the most secure space possible.