Outdoor, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Back Yard 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