Places: A Floating Deck

Article Posted By: Jae Warren

of The Home Depot

Image of a Floating Deck Around Trees

Image via PoppyTalk

Having a nice deck conveniently located just off the kitchen or living room is ideal for outdoor dining and relaxation. And who wouldn’t want to walk right out onto a deck from the bedroom to enjoy morning coffee and the newspaper? But if the design of your home won’t allow for the addition of a traditional deck, or if you’re currently renting a house, you can still find a nice corner of the yard or a shady spot around a group of trees for a floating deck.

In fact, the best thing about a freestanding or floating deck is you’re free to pick the best spot in your yard or garden to set up and plop down in your outdoor chair for some extended R&R. If it sounds like we’re just making stuff up or trying to get you to settle for a lesser outdoor living experience, we’re convinced you’ll feel differently after seeing a few of the decks we found floating around the web.

Image of a finished floating deck and process images of a floating deck being built

Image via DIY Network

Most decks are attached to the side of a house, which means you can’t exactly move it around or pick it up and take it with you when you find a new home. Floating decks, however, are much simpler structures, built to rest on top of the ground, supported by concrete footings or cinder blocks. With the proper decking material, a circular saw and a drill, you and a couple of friends could construct an enjoyable, relatively inexpensive floating deck like this one from the DIY Network in a day.

Image of a Home Office On A Floating Deck

Image via HGTV

One of the many advantages of telecommuting is you can work wherever you are: from bed, on the beach, or even seated in your zen-like, well-landscaped home office out on the back deck.

Images of floating decks

Images via Better Homes and Gardens (clockwise from left), BelleWood Gardens and Martha Stewart

It’s all about location, location, location when creating stylish outdoor spaces perfect for an intimate gathering or getting in a little quiet time. Colorful, comfortable outdoor patio furniture goes a long way, too.

Image of Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House deck

Image via The Coolist

A structure that embodies the philosophies of the modernist era, the Farnsworth House is one of the most celebrated works of American architecture. The view from the floating deck is pretty inspiring as well.

When you’re ready to build a floating deck of your own, be sure to browse our deck materials project guide for detailed information on choosing the appropriate wood or composite decking for your project.

See more inspiration and ideas in our Places series here on the Apron Blog.