Low-lying decks provide an easy transition from house to landscape.
As nice as patios are, there is something about a grade-level deck that trumps them hands down. Is it the comfort of walking barefoot on wood instead of stone? Or the fact that morning dew doesn’t linger long on a deck? Whatever the reason, a grade-level deck is a welcoming place for enjoying the outdoors. In addition, it is very easy to build. In fact, often a grade-level deck doesn’t even require a permit if it is unattached to the house and low enough—but be sure to confirm this with your building department.
Here are some beautiful examples of how a deck can be low and compact and still be a delightful asset to your home.
A) Proving that decks don’t have to be grand to be beautiful, a couple of benches and a planter ease this deck into the ornamental plantings, making a secluded retreat.
B) A grade-level deck fits right into the landscape while providing plenty of space for outdoor dining and relaxing. Wrapping around trees does wonders for linking the deck to the landscape.
C) This composite deck incorporates benches and planters in a spacious conversation area complete with a nearby trampoline for the kids.
D) Simplicity itself, this grade-level deck offers open, low-maintenance outdoor space ideal for swinging in a hammock. An added benefit is the warmth of cedar decking.
E) A site with a killer view and a couple of weekends are all it takes to create this pastoral retreat—and prove that a deck doesn’t need a house attached. The island effect of a freestanding deck beckons guests to sit, relax, and enjoy the evening.
F) A deck and patio combination is a great way to extend outdoor living space without giving the impression you’ve paved over the entire backyard. The deck creates an intimate space, adding variety to the scene.
G) This sleek one-step-up deck is a perfect complement to the mid-century modern styling of this home. And like a maritime deck, it features a hatch for stowage—a great idea for getting the garden hose out of the way.
Other types of decks
First-Story Decks – These 13 welcoming decks are ideal for entertaining or relaxing.
Second-Story Decks – Elevated decks help tame a sloped lot.