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September 7, 2013
As these five projects prove, a modern deck or porch can play many creative roles—as a play space, hangout spot, dining area, and more.
outdoor wooden hanging bed

At a vacation house shared by two families on a lakeside plot outside Toronto, two-year-old Annika and five-year-old Soren make music on the "nap swing" on the deck, a popular hangout spot for kids and adults alike. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

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Originally appeared in Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario
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Modern outdoor sunken seating area by Hufft Projects

In warm weather, there's nothing like a little outdoor entertaining. At this Missouri house, Hufft Projects carved out a sunken seating area around a firepit. Photo by Mike Sinclair.

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Originally appeared in Sunken Outdoor Fire Pit
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kobayashi residence tents

Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi’s weekend retreat, two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo, is what a modern back-to-the-land effort looks like. One North Face tent sits atop a deck; another caps the main building, which contains a kitchen and dining area. Take a look at more of this tent structure here. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

Originally appeared in 5 Outdoor Campers
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A large deck off the living room overlooks the hills of Noosa and the Pacific Ocean.
A large deck off the living room of this northeast Australia home overlooks the hills of Noosa and the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Richard Powers.

 

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Originally appeared in Hillside Family Home in Australia
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“People scold us if we don’t raise the kite,” says the resident of this summer house in Norway. From the bench outside, the couple can wave to friends passing in boats and make use of the long summer evenings. Photo by Pia Ulin.

 

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Originally appeared in Norwegian Wood
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outdoor wooden hanging bed

At a vacation house shared by two families on a lakeside plot outside Toronto, two-year-old Annika and five-year-old Soren make music on the "nap swing" on the deck, a popular hangout spot for kids and adults alike. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

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