Vail Valley

5 Popular Ideas for New Decks & Terraces

It is August 8th and our local grocery store already has Halloween costumes out! For those of you who do not want to let go of summer for at least another month or two, here is a great article from Houzz talking about the latest trends in outdoor living!

1. Consider Local Materials

Gauged Frontier stone from Montana is an apt choice for this Jackson Hole, Wyoming, terrace because it blurs the lines between the architecture and the surroundings. With a design like this and a spectacular view of the Grand Tetons, it’s easy to see why so many Houzzers are drawn to this photo. Look for local or regional materials to best blend a terrace or patio into the landscape.

2. Use Sail Shades

This deck and pool area offers shady and sunny spots thanks to contemporary charcoal gray sail shades.

3. Extend the Architecture Overhead

This modern take on the trellis accentuates the architecture of the house and provides a spot to hang magical outdoor globe lights.





4. Build In the Furniture

Similar to the previous photo, a substantial trellis defines this outdoor living room on the deck.

But another important trend represented here is built-in deck furniture. This can make a small deck feel more expansive than free-standing furniture and maximize your deck’s seating potential. While these benches float, others we’ve seen have built-in storage beneath them to keep cushions clean and dry.

5. Think Tiers

If you have the space, consider building several levels for the deck. Here, it helps the transition from conversation areas to lounging areas. And this one delineates the levels even more by using different materials on the deck. Long boards emphasize the area you traverse, while a more rhythmic composition sets the tone in the sitting area and turf adds a relaxing element in the sunbathing area.