Creative Modern Porches and Decks

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As these five projects prove, a modern deck or porch can play many creative roles—as a play space, hangout spot, dining area, and more.

Modern home with Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, and Wood Patio, Porch, Deck. Two-year-old Annika and five-year-old Soren make music on the "nap swing," a popular hangout spot for kids and adults alike. Photo  of Creative Modern Porches and DecksView Photos

At a vacation house shared by two families on a lakeside plot outside Toronto, two-year-old Annika and five-year-old Soren make music on the "nap swing" on the deck, a popular hangout spot for kids and adults alike. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

“We didn’t want the pit to be an obtrusive contraption sitting in the center of a zen-like courtyard,” says architect Matthew Hufft. A low-profile fire pit is the perfect continuation of a mellow Missouri backyard. Photo by Mike Sinclair. Photo  of Creative Modern Porches and Decks modern homeView Photos

In warm weather, there's nothing like a little outdoor entertaining. At this Missouri house, Hufft Projects carved out a sunken seating area around a firepit. Photo by Mike Sinclair.

Modern home with Outdoor. One North Face tent sits atop a deck; another caps the main building, which contains a kitchen and dining area. Photo by: Dean Kaufman Photo  of Creative Modern Porches and DecksView Photos

Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi’s weekend retreat, two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo, is what a modern back-to-the-land effort looks like. One North Face tent sits atop a deck; another caps the main building, which contains a kitchen and dining area. Take a look at more of this tent structure here. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Wood Patio, Porch, Deck. A large deck off the living room overlooks the hills of Noosa and the Pacific Ocean. Photo  of Creative Modern Porches and DecksView Photos

A large deck off the living room of this northeast Australia home overlooks the hills of Noosa and the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Richard Powers.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, and Small Patio, Porch, Deck. “People scold us if we don’t raise the kite,” says Holm (sitting with Kiehl,). From the bench outside, the couple can wave to friends passing in boats and make use of the long summer evenings. Photo  of Creative Modern Porches and DecksView Photos

“People scold us if we don’t raise the kite,” says the resident of this summer house in Norway. From the bench outside, the couple can wave to friends passing in boats and make use of the long summer evenings. Photo by Pia Ulin.

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