Get your dream deck

How to get the right backyard retreat for your house.

Seating room
Seating room
Often located off the kitchen, dining, or living room to extend indoor eating or entertaining spaces, decks are also increasingly popular off master suites as a private place to watch the sunrise, as platforms around pools, and as stand-alone installations in a quiet corner of the yard.

Keep in mind the site's orientation, too: A south-facing deck is great for sunbathing, but may be too hot for enjoying a meal.

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The pros and cons of the various materials you can use to build your dream deck (more)
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