Who says your deck needs to be attached to the house? Why not build a little sanctuary in your own backyard?

Who says your deck needs to be attached to the house? Why not build a little sanctuary in your own backyard?

amazing backyard transformation of a Brooklyn brownstone.  The patio, knee walls, the tall fencing, iron stair railing...so pretty (from Houzz)

amazing backyard transformation of a Brooklyn brownstone. The patio, knee walls, the tall fencing, iron stair railing...so pretty (from Houzz)

Instead of building around large rocks, these steps are built into them. More ways to work around landscape challenges: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/deck/ideas/patio-tree-landscape-challenges

Instead of building around large rocks, these steps are built into them. More ways to work around landscape challenges: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/deck/ideas/patio-tree-landscape-challenges

Under Deck Patio Ideas | Deck Railing Ideas - Updating the Old | Patio Deck Designs Idea

Under Deck Patio Ideas | Deck Railing Ideas - Updating the Old | Patio Deck Designs Idea

Initially these homeowners opted for a sunroom addition, but they enjoyed the sun-filled space so much that they added a deck soon after. The door from the sunroom provides a pleasant transition outdoors, and it's easily accessible from the breakfast room.

Initially these homeowners opted for a sunroom addition, but they enjoyed the sun-filled space so much that they added a deck soon after. The door from the sunroom provides a pleasant transition outdoors, and it's easily accessible from the breakfast room.

Landscaping Around a Deck  Adding a deck doesn't necessarily mean losing precious ground for your garden. Building a shady pergola over lounge space gives a new home to climbing plants, and potted plants visually soften stair corners. Angled nooks surround this deck with lush landscaping.

Landscaping Around a Deck Adding a deck doesn't necessarily mean losing precious ground for your garden. Building a shady pergola over lounge space gives a new home to climbing plants, and potted plants visually soften stair corners. Angled nooks surround this deck with lush landscaping.

Building a retaining wall to level out the yard enabled the creation of this cozy spot.  http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/outdoor-rooms-we-love-from-rate-my-space/pictures/page-9.html?soc=pinterest

Building a retaining wall to level out the yard enabled the creation of this cozy spot. http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/outdoor-rooms-we-love-from-rate-my-space/pictures/page-9.html?soc=pinterest

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