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February 6, 2015
We're talking creative ways to block out the sun.
Balcony with Mermet sun sails and Veranda man-made planks

On a house in Michigan City, Indiana, Mermet sun sails inspired by the nearby harbor shield the roof deck from harsh sunlight, while practical, man-made planks by Veranda simulate wood but offer low maintenance and longevity. Bright orange Butterfly chairs from Circa50 add a pop of color.

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Originally appeared in Come Sail Away
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roof deck with Mangaris plank wood flooring and Kookaburra Shade Sail

With a fire pit, mobile shades, and drought-tolerant grasses recessed in the Mangaris plank expanse, the roof deck of the Dual House is a communal space in the duplex. The Kookaburra Shade Sail, made of a woven polymer material that prevents mold, can be moved around as needed.

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Originally appeared in A Minimalist Duplex in Venice, California
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modern backyard deck ipe wood

An ipe deck slopes sharply skyward behind Amy Persin’s house in Menlo Park, California, creating a secluded backyard getaway that feels like an outdoor extension of her living room. A single step on either side leads to patches of gravel, which her children have claimed as areas for unstructured play. Persin got the idea for the canopy—a brail curtain that slides over the deck on four cables—from her children’s school.

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Originally appeared in A Family Retreats to Their Ipe-Clad Backyard for an Easy Getaway
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Prefab pool area with shade cloth curtain

In the foreground are Float beanbag chairs and poufs from Paola Lenti. Mamagreen sofas nestle near the prefab house on the sun-dappled deck. A 9.5-foot-tall shade cloth curtain seals off the entire length of the house when the couple is away, keeping the heat out of the interior and preventing accidental bird suicides against the floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

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Originally appeared in When Prefab Is Painless
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Renovated Hamptons beach house in Amagansett, New York

A simple white shade and Richard Schultz chaise accentuate the deck of a Long Island beach house.

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Originally appeared in Long Island Found
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modern trellis surrounding a cedar-clad house

Tack Architects designed a modern house in Omaha, Nebraska, to frame views of the surrounding landscape. The trellis offers shading and controls the amount of daylight that shines inside (and creates a dramatic passage along the house's perimeter).

Originally appeared in An Art-Inspired Modern House in Nebraska
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Modern house with ipe pool terrace and Douglas fir trellis

The Babat residence in Nashville is blessed with a big backyard; however, the blistering Tennessee sun once made it feel more like a broiler than a place to kick back and relax. Enter architect Michael Goorevich—then on staff at Manuel Zeitlin Architects—who devised a wood-and-steel trellis to cover part of the space.

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Originally appeared in The Trellis That Keeps It Cool
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Balcony with Mermet sun sails and Veranda man-made planks

On a house in Michigan City, Indiana, Mermet sun sails inspired by the nearby harbor shield the roof deck from harsh sunlight, while practical, man-made planks by Veranda simulate wood but offer low maintenance and longevity. Bright orange Butterfly chairs from Circa50 add a pop of color.

Photo by David Robert Elliot.

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