Floating decks are freestanding decks which can be located anyplace. They most often are designed in square or rectangular configurations, but they can be circular or free-form. They are most often made of wood, though there are pre-fabricated versions made of composite man-made materials in kit form. The wood can be painted or stained to coordinate with any design plan and shaped to maximize most any kind of outdoor activity. They are distinct because they offer a wide variety of design options. They can be installed by homeowners or by a contractor and they are only limited by the extent of imagination. Here are a few inspiring designs:
1. Zen Meditation Garden
Creating the tranquil feeling of a Zen garden isn’t difficult when a floating deck creates the space. The essential nature of the floating deck allows it to float free of the home. Whether it is just one deck surrounded by trees and plants, or a series of decks on different levels with water features and stone pathways surrounding, the Zen garden floating deck is a place of simplicity. The decking can be stained in any color, but including rich green plants, carefully curated stones, seating with contemporary lines, garden lanterns, and clean-lined sculptures can enhance the meditative surroundings.
2. Encircled Statement Tree
When a graceful, tall tree is part of the environment, it’s a natural choice to emphasis its beauty by encircling it with a floating deck. Using stones or rocks from the property or purchased from a garden supply, the elegant giant is made a focal point when the stones are placed around it. Next, a free form floating deck wrapped around the stones will provide plenty of space to enjoy sitting in the shade.
3. Rustic Charm
Floating decks can be designed to match any style of home. When home is the countryside, purposefully building a deck using a rustic, faded gray stain gives a homey appeal to a deck located by a farmhouse. Topping the deck with comfortable wicker furniture instantly adds a charming place to eat a home-cooked meal or enjoy a barbecue.
4. Circular Garden Oasis
There’s no reason that a floating deck must be square or rectangular. When designed in circular or curved shapes and surround by a lush collection of garden plants, they provide just the spot for any gathering. The organic shape of the deck echoes the rounded garden beds and allows garden visitors to enjoy the pretty colors and fragrant blooms.
5. Gazebo Covered Gathering Spot
A pretty gazebo can be added over a floating deck designed to bridge the spaces between garden areas. The deck can follow a pathway or be constructed in an angular shape, providing many points to view the garden which surrounds it. Adding hanging baskets provides color and extra shade while a garden bench or dining set below allows for contemplative or conversational seating.
6. Simple Rectangular Deck
When backyard space is minimal, a perfect solution is a simple, rectangular floating deck. It serves as a focal point in an expanse of green lawn, welcoming visitors to a nice place to sit and relax or enjoy a meal together. There’s no need to plant an extensive garden. A few nicely potted plants or shrubs adds color and height and seating can be any favorite style.
7. Additional Outdoor Living Space
A wide deck which runs along the entire length of the house can expand the living space into the outdoors. Building a simple flat floating deck allows it to be used for any kind of activity. It’s a simple addition which adds visual interest and value to the home.
8. A Private Outdoor Kitchen
Outdoor kitchens are extremely popular because they add plenty of extra guest seating and all the equipment required to prepare delicious and fresh meals. Floating decks can be added just outside the house. They become particularly valuable when the landscape is uneven, adding flat space for enjoying meals and extending the useful outdoor area. Situated under adjacent trees or near a swimming pool, a floating deck of this kind makes entertaining easy.
9. Layers of Circles
Floating decks can be created as layers of circles. These can provide wide steps to access various parts of a garden, or even wider areas for relaxing near or above garden areas. The circles are softer, approachable shapes which add to the welcoming appearance of the garden.
10. Multi-Layered-Multi-Purpose Area
The advantage to floating decks is that they can be configured in many layers. When added around a house they can be accessed from many doorways. A dining area could be developed just outside the kitchen with sliding doors for access. A sunbathing spot could be added just outside a bedroom. The distinct uses can be coordinated with a multi-level floating deck.
11. A Place for Lounging
A wide expanse of floating deck can transform a simple backyard into an attractive location for lounging in the sun. Adding several lounge chairs and a small table and chairs creates a place where enjoying the sun or taking a nap is welcomed. This place is particularly nice when surrounded by tall hedges or tall shrubs and flowers for privacy.
12. A Series of Steps
Floating decks can be constructed in most any configuration. It can be very attractive to build several concentric steps leading to an opening within a lushly planted garden. The steps lead the eye toward the seating area, while the steps along the way can be surrounded by attractive garden arrangements which welcome a brief pause for viewing at each step.
13. Precious Garden Spot
Even the tiniest garden can hold a precious place to sit and enjoy the day. A basic square floating deck surrounded by a gardener’s favorite flowers is perfect when topped with a table and two padded garden chairs. Wrought iron adds a nice traditional flair, but a wooden set stained to match the deck would be a nice contemporary version.
14. Deck and Color-Coordinated Privacy Fence
Many backyards feature privacy fences. When neighborhoods are built with homes closely situated, privacy fences create cozy spaces and serve to control daylight. Coordinating a floating deck with a privacy fence can be quickly achieved with matching paint or stain. The color unifies the space visually and is a very effective way to bridge the two design elements.
15. Prefabricated Starter
This is one simple way to build a floating deck which doesn’t take much time. Purchase a prefabricated kit and assemble it by snapping the pieces together. Locating it near existing trees or adding a few young ones will ensure that the deck will be a welcome and shaded location now or in the future.
16. Pergola Covered Dining Area
An outdoor dining area can be enhanced with a graceful pergola. The pergola can cover the deck to completely shade tables and chairs, or it can be placed along the side to block views of a street or neighboring yard. It can take time for vines to grow over the pergola, or it could be left open so that sunlight flows through. Either choice provides a relaxing spot to share a bite to eat.
17. Corner Retreat
Placing a simple deck area in the corner of a yard designates that place as reserved for enjoyment. The floating deck adds a subtle but distinct structural element which elevates the space, making it special. Using a rich redwood or a light-colored wood stain is a great way to contrast a green lawn and landscaping.
18. A Deck and a Pond
A man-made pond brings soothing water into the environment. Including a floating deck above the pond allows maximum enjoyment of the water feature. Setting the access point adjacent to a brick or stone pathway adds the feeling of escaping to a private space. Add a comfortable lounge chair or two for a place to read or enjoy the sunshine.
19. Outdoor Fireplace Surround
Adding a sleek platform around an outdoor fireplace instantly creates a gathering place for conversation and enjoying a fire on a cool night. The glow of the fireplace will extend onto the surface of the decking. Selecting comfortable chairs for conversation or a table set for dining completes the cozy atmosphere.
20. Wraparound Views
A stunning application of a floating deck is to situate it so that it extends to the edge of a hilltop property. The deck could begin at the outside of the home or be part of a garden area. The key here is that the deck allows glorious views of the scenery in the valley below or the hills across from it.