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Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway

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An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
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  An ipe deck slopes sharply skyward behind Amy Persin’s house in Menlo Park, California, creating a secluded backyard getaway that feels like an outdoor extension of her living room. A single step on either side leads to patches of gravel, which her children have claimed as areas for unstructured play.  Photo by: Ike EdeaniCourtesy of: Ike Edeani
    An ipe deck slopes sharply skyward behind Amy Persin’s house in Menlo Park, California, creating a secluded backyard getaway that feels like an outdoor extension of her living room. A single step on either side leads to patches of gravel, which her children have claimed as areas for unstructured play.

    Photo by: Ike Edeani

    Courtesy of: Ike Edeani

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  The vertical planter in the deck contains ten varieties of succulents.  Photo by: Ike EdeaniCourtesy of: Ike Edeani
    The vertical planter in the deck contains ten varieties of succulents.

    Photo by: Ike Edeani

    Courtesy of: Ike Edeani

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  Persin and her children, Lu, Mae, and Calvin, pose on their front stoop, built with ipe left over after the completion of the back deck. “It looks lush—almost like a fur blanket,” Persin says.  Photo by: Ike EdeaniCourtesy of: Ike Edeani
    Persin and her children, Lu, Mae, and Calvin, pose on their front stoop, built with ipe left over after the completion of the back deck. “It looks lush—almost like a fur blanket,” Persin says.

    Photo by: Ike Edeani

    Courtesy of: Ike Edeani

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  Cox initially conceived the deck as a conventional surface for relaxing and entertaining. With the bench, however, he seized an opportunity to create something both functional and visually arresting. “You go down these paths and, as the design mutates, other ideas attach themselves and make it stronger and more interesting,” he says.  Photo by: Ike EdeaniCourtesy of: Ike Edeani
    Cox initially conceived the deck as a conventional surface for relaxing and entertaining. With the bench, however, he seized an opportunity to create something both functional and visually arresting. “You go down these paths and, as the design mutates, other ideas attach themselves and make it stronger and more interesting,” he says.

    Photo by: Ike Edeani

    Courtesy of: Ike Edeani

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  Cox says he and Persin “went on an ipe run” after committing to the material for the deck, using it to build the slatted fence around the backyard. Rainbow Warrior New Zealand flax, a perennial, complements the material, while off-the-shelf pavers helped keep costs down.  Photo by: Ike EdeaniCourtesy of: Ike Edeani
    Cox says he and Persin “went on an ipe run” after committing to the material for the deck, using it to build the slatted fence around the backyard. Rainbow Warrior New Zealand flax, a perennial, complements the material, while off-the-shelf pavers helped keep costs down.

    Photo by: Ike Edeani

    Courtesy of: Ike Edeani

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  Menlo Residence Site Plan
A	Ipe Deck (rear)
B	Gravel
C	Concrete Pavers
D	House
E	Driveway
F	Ipe Deck (front)
G	Ipe Fence and Gate  Photo by: Ike EdeaniCourtesy of: Groundworks Office
    Menlo Residence Site Plan A Ipe Deck (rear) B Gravel C Concrete Pavers D House E Driveway F Ipe Deck (front) G Ipe Fence and Gate

    Photo by: Ike Edeani

    Courtesy of: Groundworks Office

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