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Backyard Oasis With Covered Cedar Deck
Designer Matt Partridge of Juergen Partridge Limited installed multiple structures that provide shady, gathering spots on even the hottest days in this romantic backyard. To enhance the woodwork, he applied multiple stain colors to the cedar structure and decks. Designer Tip: When planning an outdoor space, think about your lifestyle and how you'll use it — whether as a recreational area for a young, active family or as a private, serene spot for relaxing and reading.
The studio/pool house is actually a freestanding structure, but it feels connected to the main house because of a wood-clad accent wall. Pergolas cantilever out over the deck providing shade and visual interest.
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.
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.
Even on an open terrace in a city setting, it’s possible to create a feeling of intimacy. Here, designer Magdalena Keck used perimeter plantings — a combination of evergreens and climbers in simple wood boxes — to soften the edges of the space and block exterior views. “We chose glass and steel for the furnishings to echo the city structures,” she says, “and to connect the inside of the apartment with the urban landscape outside.”