A well-designed deck incorporates built-ins and features for practical purposes, as well as architectural aspects that improve the structure’s design and materials. The better the deck design, the less visible it is. Face it: it gets hot, and no matter how well outfitted your fine hardwood deck is, if you don’t provide shade, everyone will flee for cover. A pergola or above structure will increase your enjoyment and use of the deck while also adding an eye-catching design feature.
Examine what is already there: the railings, posts, and overhead structure of a deck should mimic the identical architectural components of a home in front of other portions of the land. A well-designed cover compliments the style of your home and the external materials utilized, particularly any wood used elsewhere. Consider the following types and forms of overhead structures:
Arbour: A smaller version of a pergola or gazebo, an arbor has 2 to 4 posts and an open slatted roof. For a more confined feel, vines can grow over an arbor or a lattice can be erected on top.
Pergola: This form of the pergola is distinguished by four or more posts or columns. It holds up a conventional flat roof, with beams left alone in one direction or topped with cross beams or slats. The pergola’s roof can be left open, covered with outdoor fabric, or used to support vines that grow quickly.
Attached Overhead: This can be erected in conjunction with the deck or added to an existing deck. It is attached to your house’s rear wall and has a roof supported by stout supports at the deck’s edge.
Gazebo: A gazebo is more open than a pergola and can be rectangular, hexagonal, or any shape you want. Gazebos are more enclosed and contain poles than other garden buildings.
Roof Extension: This is sometimes done already, but it is also a solution when another sort of overhead structure would disrupt the flow and lines of your home’s roof. For this type of project, consult with an architect or other building professional; it is not a do-it-yourself project.
Before beginning a job of this kind, check with your local planning commission; you will most certainly need to get permits and obey local rules. Enjoy this wide, international collection of covered decks design ideas for inspiration
A modernist sensibility focuses on the privacy of the backyard of the home: from the front, you’d never realize how open and modern it is in the back. It’s a covered balcony that extends the interior and mirrors the proportions of the primary bedroom as it looks out over a grassy “courtyard.” This deck design by Kube Architecture is made of ipe wood and a pressure-treated framework. Amazon was used to acquire small, in-ground deck lights for modest illumination.
Locomotive Ranch Trailer
Andrew Hinman Architecture of Austin incorporated this beloved 1954 Spartan Imperial Mansion-house trailer onto a ranch in South Texas overlooking the Nueces River at the request of his customer. A vintage California redwood hot tub is framed with FSC-certified ipe and Douglas fir decking. The sun is reflected by the metal roof that overhangs the deck. The Douglas fir ceiling absorbs sound during thunderstorms and insulates the home from the Texas heat.
Sydney Beach Style
Adding a little rustic, greyed-out hardwood deck gives this property a beachy feel, which is in keeping with the residents’ Sydney, Australia way of living. The thatch-style roof on the wood-frame pergola, which was designed by Maria Villa of Villa and Villa, gives the space a relaxed, tropical feel.
A dark-stained Australian Blackbutt wooden deck is elevated above ground to be level with the kitchen, allowing the residents to gaze down at the pool. The solar pergola deck design by Zugai Strudwick Architects in Sydney enables all-weather enjoyment.
A deck built by studio M Merge that extends the living space of a residence in Lafayette, California, is utilized for casual outdoor dining and is covered by overlapping Cali Shade Sails.