Magazine article Sunset

Decks for All Budgets

Magazine article Sunset

Decks for All Budgets

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Take full advantage of summer with ideas from three spaces that celebrate outdoor living

MEDIUM BUDGET

$80/sq.ft.

KEY FEATURE

A sunken concrete firepit that acts as focal point

MARIN COUNTY, CA

Beach boardwalk

There's little reason to leave this home near the ocean, since the deck more than doubles the living space with ample sunbathing, conversation, and entertaining areas. "We wanted to create an informal compound that could lovingly accommodate the messy reality of life at the beach, complete with sandy feet and wet kids and dogs," says architect Peter Pfau.

Reshaping and expanding an existing deck made of Trex, a composite material, Pfau carved out an area for a new entry pavilion and another for a firepit, while using a boardwalk to connect the main house to two tented guest rooms. Big sliding doors open every part of the house to the deck. "The design is like a well-organized campsite," Pfau says.

DESIGN: Pfau Architecture, San Francisco (www.pfauarchitecture. com or 415/908-6408)

CONSTRUCTION: Woodworking West, Stinson Beach, CA (www.woodworkingwest.net or 415/868-2265)

LARGE BUDGET

$150/sq.ft. (including hot tub)

KEY FEATURES

Extensive foundation, built-in benches, and a hot tub

SANTA MONICA

Ocean blue retreat for two

Surrounded by houses and apartment buildings in Santa Monica, this L-shaped deck is a tropical escape off a master suite. It's where owners Tom Fuller and Bill Kelly relax in the evenings. Architects Ken Payson and Peg Denney designed the serene space as part sitting area off the bedroom, part spa off the bathroom. …

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