August 13, 2014
Don’t let your home’s surrounding scenery go to waste. A well-placed deck can offer breathtaking views of everything from lakes and oceans to canyons and cityscapes.
An exterior view of the roof deck and view of Lake Michigan from the Douglas House.

The rear façade of a Richard Meier lake house in Harbor Springs, Michigan, is a complex network of redwood decks and cantilevered staircases, all of which provide stunning views of Lake Michigan.

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Originally appeared in On the Waterfront
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Dougal James-Robertson explains that with all the glass doors open, the couple is “fully in touch with whatever’s happening naturally.” Contrary to what the image here portrays, this is not always a good thing, as the weather can pack a wallop with intens

The owner of a hillside home overlooking Australia’s Pittwater Bay takes in a panoramic view of the ocean from his balcony.

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Originally appeared in Inclined to Relax
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The top-floor deck of a six-story townhouse in Tel Aviv features a glistening lap pool and an incredible view of the surrounding city.

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Originally appeared in Modern High-Rise Town House in Tel Aviv
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The porch is designed for living outdoors all summer long, and for parties and dinners with “a stable of friends who arrive announced and unannounced,” Tamarkin says. Courtesy <a href="http://architectsandartisans.com/">Architects and Artisans</a>.

The porch of an architect’s Shelter Island cottage was designed for dining, napping, and basking in the expansive views of Long Island Sound.

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A large deck off the living room overlooks the hills of Noosa and the Pacific Ocean.

A couple’s dream home in northeast Australia features a large deck off the living room that overlooks the hills of Noosa and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

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Originally appeared in Hillside Family Home in Australia
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Modern balcony deck with wooden ceiling and metal fence

The wraparound deck of a secluded home in Malibu offers killer views of the chaparral-filled canyon on which it’s perched.

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Originally appeared in Malibu Canyon House with a View
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Interior view of outdoor deck

A green island getaway 20 miles off the coast of Maine features a modest back porch with a remarkable ocean view.

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Originally appeared in Green Cottage Getaway in Maine
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The couple do their outdoor lolling on Willy Guhl's concrete Loop chair (near grating) and Superieur's Divan lounge (near the table), both Swiss products.

The rear deck of a concrete prefab home outside of Zurich seems to float in a leafy canopy and offers an amazing view of the nearby Rhine.

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Originally appeared in Swiss Mix
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An exterior view of the roof deck and view of Lake Michigan from the Douglas House.

The rear façade of a Richard Meier lake house in Harbor Springs, Michigan, is a complex network of redwood decks and cantilevered staircases, all of which provide stunning views of Lake Michigan.

Photo by Dean Kaufman. Image courtesy of © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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