46 Outdoor Wood Patio, Porch, Deck Rooftop Design Photos And Ideas

The wood deck roof terrace, complete with ample lounge seating, provides astounding views of the city beyond.
The roof deck features amazing views.
Translucent floor planks allow light to filter through a skylight in the kitchen below.
The custom privacy screen shields unwanted views and places the focus on downtown San Francisco.
Six slightly sunken decks reminiscent of cozy conversation pits have form common outdoor space.
The cantilevered flating Managris wood deck.
The secluded terrace is hidden behind the building's pediment.
The construction was done to make sure that the four areas of the roof — the sundeck, grass hill, play space, and outdoor terrace — all felt like distinct but united areas.
A large porch projects out from the main building.
Existing trees poke through the large patio.
Contemporary materials like zinc and glass contrast with a cast iron facade and slate roofs.
Perched atop the historic Gilsey House, the J+K Residence also overlooks a storied neighborhood. The land, located north of Madison Square, was one of New York's last remaining family farms before becoming a bustling theater district. It then devolved into a neglected wholesale district until being rediscovered by artists and entrepreneurs.
An overhead view of the extension.
Roof Deck
A Fermob table and chairs are on the rooftop terrace. “The weather is unpredictable, to say the least. You want to be outside but you don’t want to sit in the middle of a gale,” says Duncanson. “But [at this house] you can always find a place that’s quiet.”
Automated shutters overhead provide privacy when closed and shade the deck when open.
Carpenter kicks back on an IKEA outdoor sectional on the sealed-pine roof deck of Lightroom 2.0. A collection of vintage Tulip armchairs by Eero Saarinen surround a “Jetsons-inspired” fireplace from the 1970s found online.
“We have all these different destinations,” says Sardinas, a writer who works from her home office. “I’ll be working, get stuck on a passage, and take a break to go read outside.” On the lower roof, red Vegetal chairs by Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec for Vitra provide moments for repose.
Connected by an exterior stone staircase, the rooftop level offers seating and dining areas and an outdoor kitchen.
The clerestories, located on the roof deck near the prefab addition, fill the loft with light.
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Using lightweight steel skeleton construction, Vienna architect Delugan Meissl boldly inserted this dazzling, modern Vienna penthouse in between traditional rooftops of the city’s Wieden district, on top of an old building.
View looking over hills from deck.
The rooftop is wired for a solar farm, but they are waiting for better prices and tax breaks before investing.
The decking on the rooftop is Burmese teak and the colorful Picot pouffes are by Paola Lenti.
“Tel Aviv is different from the rest of Israel. This is one of the most modern cities in the world.” —Architect Pitsou Kedem
On the lower roof, cedar decking and flower beds define one of several outdoor gardening spaces. Part of her ongoing research into the livability of cities, Fitzgerald aimed to create landscaped areas that were “aesthetic, aromatic, educational, and productive.” The deck is bordered by an expanded aluminum mesh railing and black metal corrugated panels.
The former elevator bulkhead has been re-purposed into a hot tub.
Rear Roof Terrace
The roof became the perfect location for their vegetable garden, as well as benches and a recreation space crowned by a hot tub powered by a four-kilowatt solar array.
Up top, a verdant green roof of native grasses, wildflowers and fruits creates an oasis.
Outside View of Phoenix House
The view at night.
Stairs to the upper viewing deck are steel and IPE open risers.
A sculptural picnic table by artist Michael Beitz flows over the fence like a waterfall.
Oceanside deck
The spacious rooftop deck features Tigerwood planks and an outdoor fireplace, which creates a cozy setting from which to enjoy spectacular sunsets. There's also a wine fridge on the spiral staircase leading to the deck—so you don't have to traipse back to the kitchen when you need annother bottle.
The glazed canopy extends to the garden to shield against the rain, ease the sunshine but does not degrade the light quality in the inner space.

Whether it's a backyard patio, an infinity pool, or a rooftop terrace, these modern outdoor spaces add to the richness of daily life. Escape into nature, or get lost in city views. Wherever you are, let these outdoor photos take you somewhere new with inspirational ideas for yards, gardens, outdoor tubs and showers, patios, porches, and decks.

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