August 27, 2009

Hooked on wood decks

BHG 7 Better Homes and Gardens contacted us a little while ago to let us know that they have a lot of resources on their web site for building decks. They asked us if we would be interested in sharing these resources with our blog buddies. Seeing as my deck has been a work in progress for about 5 years (I’m sure it’ll have a railing eventually…), and Victoria and her hubby are planning to add a deck to their home soon, we decided that we would most definitely be happy to not only share BHG’s info about backyard decks, but put some of their info to use ourselves!!

So that’s why this for this week’s Hooked on Fridays—hosted by the summery Julia at Hooked on Houses—I’m hooked on wood decks :-)

First off, here are some helpful links on the BHG web site:

These are just some of the beautiful decks at BHG…

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And now let’s take a look at some beach decks, contemporary decks, and traditional decks.

I don’t know about you, but my deck has to have at least a couple of Adirondack chairs. OK, these ones aren’t actually ON a deck, but they set the mood for summertime lounging, don’t you think?? :-)

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And how about an Adirondack chair on a deck by the beach (pics from Completely Coastal)

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Artist Daniel Pollera creates amazingly realistic coastal paintings. Wouldn’t you love to be sitting on one of his decks right now…

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This deck is practically in the water!!

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An apartment might have a little balcony deck…

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…and some houses have lots of decks, like this house in Chile called Metamorfosis 1. It’s a renovation of an existing wooden house by architects José Ulloa Davet & Delphine Ding. Can you imagine having to stain all that wood?! (pics from and

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And not to be outdone, here’s an intriguing Japanese house with an equally intriguing deck. It’s the Shell House designed by Kotaro Ide of ARTechnic Architects. That’s one cool deck!!

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Some big traditional houses with big wraparound decks (well, OK, porches)…


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Decks in the woods (or woods in the deck!!)…

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traditional howstuffworks How Stuff Works

Contemporary decks by Amir Schlezinger in the UK…

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And this contemporary deck is by Blasen Landscape Architecture in California…

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One more contemporary deck. I like the combination of wood & stone & water

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As cool and sexy as the contemporary decks are, there’s something so appealing about more traditional, weathered grey decks with colourful flowers

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traditional celticanamcara Celtic Anamcara

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Sort of a shabby chic deck…

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And we can’t forget Susan’s deck! Those of you who are regular readers of Susan’s blog Between Naps on the Porch have likely read about the building of her wonderful deck & porch… and if you haven’t, be sure to make your way over there for all the before and after photos! Here’s a peek at the end result… love it!


And finally, a couple of pretty front porches… love the painted ceilings :-)

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I hope these pictures and the BHG links have inspired you to build or renovate your own deck. Don’t let the fact that it’s almost September stop you — start planning now so you’ll have a great backyard (or front yard) deck to enjoy all summer long next year :-)

Now go see who’s hanging out on Julia’s deck back at Hooked on Houses

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With some assistance from my sidekick Victoria :-)


Susan said...

OMG, some of these decks are pure heaven. What a great post. So funny too, because today I had a client wanting help with her choice of deck colours from Trek Decks. I chose pewter for her pale gray house.

Great job, tons of inspiration.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great looking decks! I like the decks with multi-levels, especially when they are big {I think it helps break up all the straight lines}.

Terry said...

They all look so new. They don't stay that way long without hard work. "Celtic Anamcara" is most like ours: siver-y, roughed-up, rustic after 20 years in the weather.

Anonymous said...

I don't even know where to begin! I love them all! The eplans house with the giant wrap-around porch is something I've had in my files to build one day ... and all the decks on the ocean ... well, you know I'm gonna love that! Plus, that really weird looking one in Chile is crazy cool. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Melissa said...

Thanks so much for sharing! Oh my goodness what beautiful designs and so many to check out. I'll have to look at this post a couple of times just to take it all in.

Anonymous said...

Okay I don't feel so bad now. I thought my blog post was a longgg one. I think you have me beat. But those are some fabulous decks!

Cristin // Simplified Bee said...

what a wonderful post. i love wood decks. grew up with them and have one now.

thanks for the BHG links too.


Maria Killam said...

Stunning post ladies! Love those pictures combined with DIY advice!!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

These are great photos!! My favorites are the ones that look like an extension of the home...little outdoor rooms. I'm taking notes to improve our own. :) Thanks for the visit!

Zelda said...

I love you blog !!

Anonymous said...

What a great post! Love the variety of deck options shown here.

Pam Kersting said...

Nice blog on decking. Also, I might add that decks should be designed for outdoor living! Make the most of yours by first making a plan that is large enough to accomodate the desired activity on the deck. Next, consider the materials that will be appropriate for your deck. There are many choices beside the traditional treated lumber or redwood decking. There are composite materials that need relatively no maintenance as well as woods such as Brazilian ipe that are very long lasting and are relatively maintenance free. Nice post!

Tricia said...

Great post- I love all of the fabulous decks you found. The adirondack chairs are a favorite of mine as well.
Happy weekend.

Unknown said...

Kelly, marvellous images! You must have invested quite some time in this compilation of images, one more beautiful than the other. I could not even say which one were my favourite.
Very inspirational!!
And of course - I love the paintings...

Susan Lang said...

These were many different looks... and some of the views were spectacular.

Jenny said...

Great pictures! We could really use a deck. Our breakfast room has sliding doors that should walk out to a deck, but instead there is just wood slats blocking it. The people before us never built a deck in the 11 years they lived here. LOL! So now we have a nice 2 story drop off to nothing. Some day, I'd love to have a sun room.

Meg said...

Those pics are truly fab. I dream of living in one of those modern all-wood houses. Someday...

Gayle said...

They are all so cool! You ladies find the most amazing pictures. They are wonderful for daydreaming!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Those are quite an accumulation of amazing decks! Carpenter Robert will hopefully be finished with mine soon. I'll end up with about 1000 square feet of deck. Almost another house. I am going crazy decorating it!

Maria Killam said...

Check out my weekend post, I linked this one to it I thought it was so great!

Velvet and Linen said...

We have a deck behind our home that I have been working on since we bought the house 3 years ago. I'm going to use that one image of the tree coming through the deck as inspiration for what to do next. I think it's just what my deck needs.
Love Susan's (from Between Naps on the Porch) deck. She did a fantastic job!
Thank you for sharing.


One of my Hobby Blogs said...

fantastic picks, so gorgeous! now for me to try and copy one in my yard!

The Mrs. said...

Coming over from Preppy Mama and LOOOOOVE your blog!!!!!!!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Your posts Kelly are always so thorough. So many fabulous examples that my mind is going to explode. The famous Shell house decking is over the moon! How terrific the BHG contacted you two - congrat's. Got to love BHG! Happy weekend to you both ~ Deb

Its So Very Cheri said...

Just checking in with everyone and to give an update.
I have a new party starting- Wed Sept 2. So each week I will have the Knock Off Knock Out party on Mondays and the Holiday/Seasonal party on Wed. I hope you come for a visit.
New buttons to grab as well.
Its So Very Cheri

Greet Lefèvre said...

Hi ladys,

First I have to thank you for following my blog!
And your post of today is amazing!
I save some images for inspiration. And my god, I like those chairs!! I want to buy these for in our garden!
I have to say that I really love your blog!



Tracey said...

Love the BHG deck with the white trellis and all the flowers! All are beautiful to look at!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Thanks Kelly for using a picture from Completely Coastal (and linking back). Just discovered it now by chance. It's always a great feeling when that happens.

Donna @ Paisley and Perspective said...

Love them ALL!!! I have used for much research and am a long time subscriber to their magazine. They are an excellent resource for inspiration and instruction.

Great post!

The Spirit of Abundance said...


"Accidentally" came across your blog, and I love it :)!! Great post as well!

I also love wood decks, and have a soft spot for Daniel Pollera's Coastal paintings :).

All the best to both of you!


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