A wooden deck can enhance the beauty and value of your home in a variety of ways. Rails and gates allow you to create a play area for children and pets. You may prefer to add a hot tub and some privacy fencing. Benches can also be added for built-in seating. Further options include a grill or barbecue center for cookouts. Your deck can be on one level or multiple levels, and can be laid in decorative patterns. The design of your deck can follow the contour of your home or your yard, or be completely different. For a natural effect, design the deck around an existing tree, or install planter boxes filled with your favorite plants. A deck can be attached to your house, built around your pool, or be free-standing in your yard or garden. Use your imagination or consult with a professional for even more creative options.