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Don't abandon your deck when spring and summer end. A fire pit is the perfect place to warm cold hands on a chilly night and to roast marshmallows for a toasty treat. The benches behind the fire pit are a great alternative to railings; they provide extra seating without blocking the view of the lawn and garden.
Even urban rooftop yards can get decked out. A stone tile border and large flower boxes define this deck, and an abundance of blooming plants and a tree sit nearby. This sitting area is surrounded by nature, even in a concrete jungle.
A quaint deck behind the house adds fresh-air seating to an interior sunporch and provides a perfect spot for potted plants.
A platform deck's structural simplicity allows for creativity. This deck includes a rounded area for a private conversational spot, and a white-and-green railing adds charm.
A platform deck involves a fairly simple design. They're usually built on level lots and attached to single-level dwellings, set low to the ground so railings aren't even necessary. Here, built-in benches help define the deck perimeter.
Though platform is the most basic deck style, nothing beats a deck that seamlessly incorporates angles, curves and a large screened gazebo. The sunburst railing and other details ensure this deck has style.
Avoid claustrophobia on your deck and stay free of railings. Define the space by building benches around the edges while leaving the other sides open into the yard. Before you draw up plans for a deck like this one, check local regulations to learn how low you must keep the deck before adding rails.