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June 23, 2015
When it comes to decks, our opinions don't splinter: wood is the the most low-maintenance and natural-looking material choice.
Modern house with solar panels and smart energy systems

At this sustainable Los Angeles home, the residents love to relax in their indoor-outdoor living space, made by opening the glass sliding doors to connect the living room and engawa deck.

Originally appeared in A Dream House for the Ages
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Quebec cabin wood deck.

Economical, plentiful, and homely, wood was a natural fit for this Nordic-inspired cabin in Quebec. In back, a modest deck area offers an escape from cabin fever during the warmer months.

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Mathieu Laverdière
Originally appeared in A Nordic-Inspired Woodland Cabin in Quebec
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Young couple sitting on their wooden front porch with steps

This modern farmhouse in Missouri features a wraparound porch, made of Brazilian ipe. Rolling slatted doors screen the living room windows, providing shade on sunny days.

 

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Originally appeared in Modern Take on a Traditional Farmhouse in Missouri
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outdoor wooden hanging bed

A wraparound deck connects distinct houses at this communal vacation complex in Canada. The "nap swing" is a popular hangout spot for kids and adults alike.

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Originally appeared in Four Friends Joined Forces to Realize This Idyllic Forest Retreat Outside Toronto
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California backyard wooden deck and concrete bar and sliding glass door

At this indoor-outdoor bungalow in Redondo Beach, a 22-foot sliding-glass door by Fleetwood opens onto an ipe deck furnished with lounge chairs, a cocktail table, and stools from Room & Board’s Penelope line. The bar is made of concrete and Richlite, a wood-fiber composite used in skateboard ramps.

 

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Originally appeared in Indoor-Outdoor Bungalow in Redondo Beach
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Charles Gane cottage outdoor fireplace ipe deck.

In keeping with the home's seasonal purpose, this summer cottage in Ontario privileges outdoor space. A covered fireplace and sitting area anchor the ipe deck, which overlooks the water. 

 

 

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CORE Architects
Originally appeared in Modern Meets Rugged at This Off-the-Grid Retreat in Ontario
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Compson Bach Beach House Master Bedroom

Each bedroom at this off-the-grid escape in New Zealand has a sheltered outdoor space with a translucent screen that acts as a kind of lightwell, offering total privacy while allowing light to permeate the interior. The height of the screens was lowered slightly to give a clear view of the silhouette of the nearby mountain.

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Originally appeared in Off-the-Grid Island House in New Zealand Connects with the Outdoors
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Modular, Prefab home of the grandson of Frank Llloyd Wright with outdoor deck

At the Wisconsin prefab of Frank Lloyd Wright's grandson, the peaceful deck is outfitted with Brant Natural Folding Chairs from Crate and Barrel. The Strata chairs and wrought-aluminum patio table are by Summer Classics.

 

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Originally appeared in Grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright Constructs Peaceful Prefab Near the Legend's Famed School
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The exterior is clad in 100-year-old cypress meticulously crafted for the home by former shipbuilder George Velmachos of Wright and Company. Courtesy <a href="http://architectsandartisans.com/">Architects and Artisans</a>.

New York architecture firm Tamarkin Co. used 100-year-old cypress salvaged from the swamps and rivers of Georgia and Florida for the skin and structure of this Shelter Island beach house.

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Originally appeared in Shelter Island Retreat
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Located off the dining room, the deep covered porch features an outdoor countertop and sink for washing vegetables on their way from the garden to the table.

Located off the dining room of this 100-year-old farmhouse in Healdsburg, California, a covered deck features an outdoor countertop and sink for washing vegetables on their way from the garden to the table.

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2011 © Edward Caldwell
Originally appeared in IdeaGarden Eco-Farmhouse
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Modern house with solar panels and smart energy systems

At this sustainable Los Angeles home, the residents love to relax in their indoor-outdoor living space, made by opening the glass sliding doors to connect the living room and engawa deck.

Photo by Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao.

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