Magazine article Sunset

Instead of a Himalaya Trek, Three New Decks with Easy Access

Magazine article Sunset

Instead of a Himalaya Trek, Three New Decks with Easy Access

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Instead of a Himalaya trek, three new decks with easy access

Like many Western houses, Diane and Jeff Boly's Portland residence is built on a steep slope. The great advantages, they say, are privacy and a spectacular view. "But going back and forth to the garden was like trekking the Himalayas, and the old deck dangling off the second-story living room made us feel like birds perched on a limb.'

Architect David McMillen's solid design brings people out of the house's two main living levels and leads them down to the spa or into the garden. Exterior stairs link the decks and garden, making the 575 square feet of entertaining surface accessible without going through the house.

To ensure strength and longevity in the stacked decks, four of the six supporting posts are 18-foot-long steel columns boxed in 2-by-8 cedar to match the other posts. The others are pressure-treated 4-by-4s boxed to match the steel posts. …

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