This thread definitely has my interest.
One thing I absolutely recommend is creating the railing with nautical lines (or ropes, for you landlubbers)
I found a good eHow article describing how to do it, along with a picture to show you what I am thinking ofhttp://www.ehow.com/how_12191546_make-nautical-rope-deck-railing.html
I'm not sure how high up your deck is, so obviously if safety is an issue, you might want two or three lines going across.
I also recommend red ang green lights, depending on where the entrance to your deck is (they don't even have to be hooked up to light up, but it's a nice touch). The following is from "Nauticaldecorstore.com"
Remember, "red right returning", so make sure you have the red light on the right for the entrance to your deck.
I'll try to think of other stuff too, but there's a start.
I love the nautical lines idea, and it's one I actually had, as well. The only problem is, we have a 4 month old and the deck will be roughly 4-5 feet off the ground. Safety is going to be paramount, so this idea, as pictured likely won't work. But I have thought of going with horizontal railing, as opposed to vertical railing, leaving space in the middle for nautical lines.
Other ideas I have had would be to use old telephone poles as pillars for the deck. Problem is, I have no idea where to get old telephone poles, or where to find posts that would resemble pilings (both in size and shape).
Also, I am searching for a wine barrel to add a tabletop to for a homemade bar.
Otehr simple ideas:
- Metal bucket filled with sand and several empty corona bottles
- Deck cletes to support nautical lines
- Light grey stain for the rails, with a natural color deck floor
- Built-in floor-level planter for ferns/blade grass (with sand, as opposed to dirt)