Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces

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By Byron Loker / Published by Dwell
It's finally that time of the year to dust off the outdoor furniture, uncover the grill, and get ready for some basking in the sun with friends and family.

Here, we've gathered a number of deck spaces we've featured in the past that will help get you in the mood for the warmer days ahead. 

1. Modular Texas Home

Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces - Photo 1 of 11 - The deck of this modular Texas home is the property’s focal point. "People can go tuck their small kids into bed and then creep back to the fire pit area and be gregarious late into the night," resident Scott Wallace says. The fireplace that Lake|Flato designed for the deck is the compound’s focal point. "People can go tuck their small kids into bed and then creep back to the fire pit area and be gregarious late into the night," Wallace says.

The deck of this modular Texas home is the property’s focal point. "People can go tuck their small kids into bed and then creep back to the fire pit area and be gregarious late into the night," resident Scott Wallace says. The fireplace that Lake|Flato designed for the deck is the compound’s focal point. "People can go tuck their small kids into bed and then creep back to the fire pit area and be gregarious late into the night," Wallace says.

Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces - Photo 2 of 11 - The top floor of this Seattle house holds two offices—one for the husband, the other for the wife. Hers opens out onto a small private deck furnished with wire Eames chairs.  

The top floor of this Seattle house holds two offices—one for the husband, the other for the wife. Hers opens out onto a small private deck furnished with wire Eames chairs.  

Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces - Photo 3 of 11 - At the Wisconsin prefab of Frank Lloyd Wright's grandson, the peaceful deck is outfitted with Brant Natural Folding Chairs from Crate and Barrel. The Strata chairs and wrought-aluminum patio table are by Summer Classics.  

At the Wisconsin prefab of Frank Lloyd Wright's grandson, the peaceful deck is outfitted with Brant Natural Folding Chairs from Crate and Barrel. The Strata chairs and wrought-aluminum patio table are by Summer Classics.  

Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces - Photo 4 of 11 - A family home on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula is built to blend in with its lakeside setting. Harper sits on the porch just off the entrance. James notes that the children spend their time "swimming in the dam, feeding the chickens, and riding their ponies or bikes. It’s really just the simple stuff that we had when we grew up in the late ’70s and ’80s."

A family home on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula is built to blend in with its lakeside setting. Harper sits on the porch just off the entrance. James notes that the children spend their time "swimming in the dam, feeding the chickens, and riding their ponies or bikes. It’s really just the simple stuff that we had when we grew up in the late ’70s and ’80s."

Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces - Photo 5 of 11 - The clients desired a home that could celebrate the lakeside site and provide private spaces for the owners and their guests—yet also be a place for everyone to gather. Creating a connection to the outside was of most importance, through the large windows and sliding glass doors.

The clients desired a home that could celebrate the lakeside site and provide private spaces for the owners and their guests—yet also be a place for everyone to gather. Creating a connection to the outside was of most importance, through the large windows and sliding glass doors.

Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces - Photo 6 of 11 - The entrance to this lakefront home is a serene courtyard with plenty of privacy. By removing much of the main floor structure, the main living spaces open to terraces, gardens, and sweeping views

The entrance to this lakefront home is a serene courtyard with plenty of privacy. By removing much of the main floor structure, the main living spaces open to terraces, gardens, and sweeping views

Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces - Photo 7 of 11 - A small deck is a comfortable outdoor area for a house on a steep site in Carmel, California. The house is set on a forested hill, which means the backyard—though scenic—is too steep to enjoy. It’s also perpetually shady. Owner, architect Mary Schicketanz wanted somewhere she could soak in the sun, so she added a roof deck. "It’s really the only usable, large outdoor space I have," she says.

A small deck is a comfortable outdoor area for a house on a steep site in Carmel, California. The house is set on a forested hill, which means the backyard—though scenic—is too steep to enjoy. It’s also perpetually shady. Owner, architect Mary Schicketanz wanted somewhere she could soak in the sun, so she added a roof deck. "It’s really the only usable, large outdoor space I have," she says.

Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces - Photo 8 of 11 - The porch at writer Bruce Porter's off-the-grid retreat on Ragged Island, Maine, boasts Leaf chairs by Arper, as well as dreamy views.

The porch at writer Bruce Porter's off-the-grid retreat on Ragged Island, Maine, boasts Leaf chairs by Arper, as well as dreamy views.

Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces - Photo 9 of 11 - 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.

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.

Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces - Photo 10 of 11 - The three-story Blue Lake Retreat is located in Marble Falls, Texas. The residence was designed by Lake Flato Architects to integrate naturally into the steep topography. With living spaces on the top floor and four bedrooms on the two lower floors, the timber structure is connected to the hillside by a bridge and boasts a cantilevered deck that floats just above the lake. 

The three-story Blue Lake Retreat is located in Marble Falls, Texas. The residence was designed by Lake Flato Architects to integrate naturally into the steep topography. With living spaces on the top floor and four bedrooms on the two lower floors, the timber structure is connected to the hillside by a bridge and boasts a cantilevered deck that floats just above the lake. 

Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces - Photo 11 of 11 - Taking cues from a Japanese-influenced slatted screen applied to the house’s facade, Hufft Projects applied a ring of ipe wood around the perimeter of this outdoor fire pit.

Taking cues from a Japanese-influenced slatted screen applied to the house’s facade, Hufft Projects applied a ring of ipe wood around the perimeter of this outdoor fire pit.

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