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Add architectural interest and function by incorporating curves into your deck design.
Add a curved bench to provide a practical and beautiful outdoor seating spot. Built-in planters bring bursts of color to this long bench constructed from cedar planks.
This deck's half-circle shape contrasts with the straight lines of the house behind. A crescent-shape flowerbed repeats the curve at ground level.
A curved rail wrapping a cantilevered bench makes a welcome addition to a rectangular backyard. This rail serves as a perch for plates when guests sit on benches to dine.
A complex deck design like this one is clearly the work of a pro. The curved bench is key--it helps designate two distinct deck levels, providing a more intimate setting in the lower level where guests can take in the view.
Consider a design like this one to shield views of a busy street or close neighbor. Acting as a wall, the curved trellis seating area provides separation from the outside world without impeding daylight or airflow. A built-in bench follows the curve of the trellis and establishes the space as a destination for relaxation.
A curvy deck offers a fresh alternative to traditional rectangular versions. Here, distinctive detailing on the pergola adds even more architectural interest.
When used in a series, curves are even more appealing. The curved perimeter of this deck provides the opportunity for eye-catching arched boards that follow the angle of the steps.
When used throughout a landscape, curves can tie a variety of outdoor structures together. This curved bench contrasts with the chevron pattern on the deck floor, while the pergola top plays off the bench's curve.
Here, simple diagonal wood planks let the curved edge take center stage. The bricks in the edge repeat the look of the raised planters.
Usually contemporary style means straight lines, but curves work, too--especially when paired with sleek materials. Here, bronze railings and a curved strip of copper flashing, both allowed to weather naturally, put a high-end spin on industrial materials.
This curved-edge deck design with a secure railing is kid-friendly. When choosing railings for a raised deck, harmonize a desire for unimpeded views with the necessity of sturdy, code-abiding rails. Consider thin aluminum or metal rails, as well as safety-glass panels, to open up the view.
A high-drama deck gets even more "oohs" and "aahs" when a curve is added. Overcoming a steep hillside, this deck is cantilevered over a canyon.
Incorporate curves in unconvential ways by adding a spiral staircase, like this graceful and space-saving model that provides easy access to the second-level deck from the ground. Spiral staircases are useful for tight quarters in small backyards.
Well-designed angles can create the feel of a curvy deck. Create a meandering walkway to a sprawling deck to create a relaxing retreat that encourages visitors to slow down and enjoy the scenery. This eclectic structure is frequently used as an entertaining spot.