There’s just something so inviting about a home with a well-designed deck. Not only does it increase the value of your property investment, it also provides you and your family with another space to create memories together. A great deck can serve a lot of functions. It can be a place to host intimate outdoor get-togethers or even just a quiet spot to sit and read.
The potential of the deck as a living space is almost limitless and if you’re planning on investing in one, you’d be forgiven for not knowing where to start. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few photographs of beautiful and unusual decks to get that design inspiration flowing.
1. Minimalist Triangular Deck
This angled deck is simple and subtle, but its unusual shape gives it significant visual impact. When choosing a shape for your deck, pay attention to your environment and select something that complements the architecture of your home. This deck works because it fits in with the homeowner’s sleek and minimalist aesthetic. The lighting choice is minimalist with only two hanging lights and could be improved with some lighting running along the edge of the deck. With such a unique shape, you wouldn’t want guests rolling an ankle because of a lack of outdoor lighting.
2. Contrasting Floor Deck
While this deck isn’t necessarily unique in its actual design, the textured flooring pattern makes it interesting. If you’re working with a more traditional deck setup, consider decorating it with unusual textiles and furniture to create a contemporary look. Notice how the deck lighting engulfs the whole space warming up a dark night.
3. Combination Deck and Patio with Firepit
Decks are a great place to entertain your guests in the Summer months, or provide a cozy place to hang out with your family. This deck is the quintessential family and entertaining space, complete with built in seating and a fireplace. The high backrests will also help keep the wind at bay on chillier nights. This area is timeless, spacious and simple – allowing for an easy transition between uses. Although not at night, the photo above shows two rustic style lantern lights and with a unique deck like this I’m sure there are a lot of great opportunities to work in some spectacular outdoor lighting.
4. Contemporary Deck With Recess Lighting
This deck is a great example of contemporary elegance and the addition of subtle outdoor lighting design takes it to the next level. The lights on the edge of the deck serve a dual function by improving safety and visibility at night as well as promote a cozy ambiance. Lighting is one of the best ways to create a mood in your outdoor spaces and should always be carefully considered during the design process. This decks design is so modern, that the lighting options are sort of already decided for you. The recessed lights are simple and clean bathing the deck and backyard in sweet sweet light.
5. Enclosed, Rustic Deck
When you have a home with a beautiful view, you want your deck to be a place where you can enjoy it. This porch complements the extraordinary view with the installation of a screen, to keep the elements at bay while you enjoy your surroundings. The wooden floor and furniture help maintain a cool, rustic edge and keep the space inviting. With this totally unique deck the only lights you will see at night are the stars… and I think we’re okay with that.
Remember that your deck should always be functional. When planning and buying materials, consider their durability and how the space is going to be used. Stay true to your needs and aesthetic, and your deck will be an investment your family will enjoy for years to come. And don’t forget that when lighting your deck the three most important things are safety, energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal. When you’re ready to have deck lighting professionally installed, give us a call.