The house is set on a forested hill, which means the backyard—though scenic—is too steep to enjoy. It’s also perpetually shady. 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.  Photo 7 of 11 in Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces
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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 9 of 11 in Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces
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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.  Photo 8 of 11 in Take it Outside With These 11 Spring-Friendly Deck Spaces from Seven Great Outdoor Spaces
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