Dark stained concrete flooring used indoors continues out to the home's deck. A steel and glass railing encloses the space, and an outdoor sofa and pair of armchairs provide comfy seating to take in the lakefront views.
The design of the pool deck mimics the front porch, which ties the spaces together. Synthetic turf between the lounging space and the pool allows the surface water to drain and creates maximum flexibility in the use of the tight space for entertaining. The flooring is made of a tropical hardwood.
If deck structure is solid and built properly, you may only need to replace the rails and deck boards. "However, a lot of code changes in the last 10 years make it a good idea to consider rebuilding the entire deck in most cases," says Jeremy Wrenn, President of Wrenn Home Improvements in Wake Forest, N.C. Big concerns include the proper installation of hangers, fasteners and especially bolts going through the deck band and into the house band. "Decks have collapsed from deck bolts not being installed or installed improperly," he says.
A huge deck gets prime lake views and the lake itself is just a short stroll away (through pretty trees, no less!). The outdoor space is smartly divided with a dining table on one side and a conversational grouping on the other. Stairs down from the deck are situated right in the middle.
There's plenty of room to lounge outdoors at the waterfront home. The second story balcony offers intimate, elevated views, and the pool deck features a mix of wood furnishings and cushioned seating conveniently next to the grilling station.