Are many places to begin the finding of the proper deck ideas, from local hardware stores and magazine sales to libraries and friends and relatives alike, but always make sure to start off with a solid idea of how you want your deck to fit into the surrounding area around your home.
The terrain comprising of your yard, no matter how it is manicured overall, must be well maintained and without too severe irregularities around to allow more ease at working the deck into the landscape you see.
Starting out in the library is a good place, but some books on hand have limited amounts of updated information, unless the library happens to have equipped itself with access to a local Internet service provider. In which case, unless you are handy with your own personal computer, the library may be the best option. Speaking on the Internet as a whole for use in finding deck ideas, there are many good web sites to visit, and links to many other good sites for ideas on this.
Though as helpful as the Internet can be, the pitfalls of using the Internet as a source can be an annoyance, and some information may be bogus as far as necessary steps left out of the organization to the project instructions.
Maybe the next best medium for finding accurate information would be a home improvement series on one of the many syndicated networks out there in television today. There, you can find endless amounts of information on not just decks, but also other patio tips.
For as accurate as the televised programs may seem they may be a bit too much all at once, and to cover a lot of territory in a couple of hours just for one particular episode, may be far too distracting for the goals you have for your deck at all. As ideas for other improvements make the current project sit out for a time while other ideas direct themselves to the fore. While having originally wandered through the inspiration looking for an idea for your deck that would fit for your purposes.
Though building a deck onto an already existing home can be a taxing process, the raise in land value may be worth something to you alone, and if nothing more than to allow for more family gatherings to be enjoyed in new places. Connecting the deck onto an above ground pool system may be a conceptual idea that strikes with you, or maybe you would prefer a more elaborate structure for the area around a lake or pond. Either way, more ideas can be added onto wherever you wish.