The vertical planter in the deck contains ten varieties of succulents.  Photo 2 of 6 in Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway
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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 4 of 6 in Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway
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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 3 of 6 in Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway
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