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20 Stunning Outdoor Hangouts and Decks with a Forest View

Design has always been inspired by nature, and a large part of that is because we ourselves are moved by its many shapes, hues and sights. Connecting with nature has become a big part of contemporary architecture, with homeowners longing for serene escapes that take them away from hectic city life. This at times could be a beautiful home in the suburban neighborhood that is sufficiently surrounded by greenery to give the impression of a secluded little oasis amidst all the chaos. On other occasions, it could be a relaxing beach house or a smart residence that overlooks a river or lake. But today, we move into the mystic world of forests and woods!

The ever-changing colors of the forest captivate you here [Design: Witt Construction]

An enthralling outdoor living space, lounge or deck that overlooks a lush green canopy, the vibrant woodlands and the terrain beyond surely is the perfect way to leave your woes behind and find peace and pleasure. While for some of us, such dream retreats only present themselves in the form of ‘once a year’ vacation trips, the more fortunate folks are blessed with homes and vacation cabins that allow them to take in these gorgeous green views more often. But no matter which section of that crowd you fit into, the 20 outdoor hangouts and decks that we have for you today surely will leave you spellbound –

Awesome Pool and Deck

If you love the idea of a staycation instead of spending all that time and effort on planning for a vacation this holiday season, then an elegant poolscape and a relaxing backyard is an absolute must. This setting becomes an even more enticing prospect when you add the image of a dense, green forest in the backdrop! Not only does the forest canopy add vibrant color and set the tone for the curated landscape around the house, deck and pool, it also offers ample privacy as you spend your summer evenings and nights under the sky. Combine the magic of a fireplace or fire pit with the pool, and your dream staycation setting is complete.

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Amazing pool and deck give a glimpse of Santa Barbara at its best! [Design: Below Magid Construction]
Rustic landscape around the house and inspiring mountain views turn this home into a dream escape [Design: CCY Architects]
Get a glimpse of the forest canopy from your pool deck in style! [From: Lubbock Pergola & Deck /Cody Isaman – Photographer]
Modern pool and deck overlook mountains and the lush green forest [Design: NeJame Pool Specialists]

Splendid Contemporary Decks

We move on from backyards and pools to contemporary decks that combine comfort, class and captivating forest views. A contemporary deck is much more than just a place for the entire family to hang out. It can easily double as an outdoor dining area, party zone, and unique vantage point that lets you make the most of the exceptional views your home enjoys. All you need here is comfy outdoor seating, maybe a dining table with some chairs, a fireplace for those willing to go the extra mile in terms of effort and costs, and of course, a dramatic view that caps it all off in style. You simply cannot go wrong here!

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Contemporary deck with luxurious seating, string lighting and a forest view [Design: Smart Builders, Inc]
Fabulous modern mahogany rooftop deck with forest views [Design: Flavin Architects]
Simple and open deck design surrounded by greenery [Design: Joseph Metzler / SALA Architects]
Contemporary patio of German home with captivating mountain views [Design: Garten-Stuhl]
Hillside home transports you into nature’s lap [Design: DeForest Architects]

Sun, Shade and Serenity

The outdoor hangout is not all about unfettered sunshine, and at times, you need a bit of protection in both the really hot summer months and cold winter days. A pergola offers both without blocking that scenic forest view, and its light structure is also a cost-effective option. In the case of most modern homes, it is an extended roof structure that acts as a pergola and offers adequate shade. More elaborate standalone features like the gazebo demand far more resources, but could provide you with that additional elevation that makes the panoramic view on offer even more breathtaking.

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Awesome open air hangout surrounded by mountains of Bali transports you into tropical paradise [Design: Jeni Lee]
Covered rustic patio of Austin home with gorgeous green views [Design: Lubbock Pergola & Deck]
Traditional patio with outdoor dining and awesome mountain views [Design: BAR Architects]
Stone pillars and fireplace give the beautiful deck a rustic touch [Design: Arthur Rutenberg Homes by American Eagle Builders]
Minimal al fresco dining with forest view [Design: Charles Cunniffe Architects / Photography: James Ray Spahn]

All About the View!

You do not always need an expansive deck when you have a grand forest and majestic mountains to lord upon just beyond the confines of your home! At times, a small and minimal deck is the best option, as it puts the focus firmly on what lies beyond. This not only highlights the forest view, but ensures that even the tiniest of decks makes a big impression by simply letting nature take over and do what it does best – leave you entranced!

Off-grid mountain cabin with solar power and awesome views [Design: Kettle River Timberworks]
Smart rustic deck of the treehouse takes you into the forest canopy [Design: Missy Brown Design / Photo: David Patterson Photography]
Who needs a vacation with a backyard and patio like this [From: Laurie S Woods / Billy Cunningham Photography & Austin Patterson Disston Architects]
A dash of red enlivens the already mesmerizing modern deck [Design: Brookstone Builders]
It is the view outside that makes this contemporary deck so very special [Design: Rusafova Markulis Architects]

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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