A modern deck may be bare wood or concrete, the surround of an infinity pool, a platform for an outdoor fire pit, or a breezy slab of planks perched off an upper level among the trees. Resourceful design of a contemporary deck merges indoor and outdoor space and provides a welcoming, multipurpose, open-air extra room.
Modern decks are uncluttered and lend themselves to a variety of activities. A cedar or teak deck off the main living space might feature only a large suspended platform, a padded "swing" for relaxing or napping. A vacation home expanse of open deck with an infinity pool invites the eye to take in a spectacular oceanfront or mountain view.
A wide wooden second-story "bridge" linking two residences provides a birds-eye view of the surrounding landscape from treetop level. A bare industrial concrete slab abutting the stacked stone walls of a rustic retreat is a minimalist contrast, awaiting a vintage set of painted metal patio furniture or sculpted modern leather and metal lounges.
A flagstone deck, hidden from the neighbors by a wall of bamboo fencing, can be a private, cushioned fire pit hangout, or an al fresco kitchen with stainless steel counters, refrigerator, sink and barbecue.