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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.