Collection by Diana Budds

Decked Out

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It's our humble opinion that summers are best spent reclining on a warm sunny deck with a refreshing beverage in hand and a cool breeze blowing. In honor of this seasonal ritual, here are seven homes that managed to carve out a bit of outdoor space, whether they're sandwiched within the narrow streets of a historic Mediterranean city, built at the confluence of forested and rocky topographies in Norway, or sited beachside in Amagansett, New York.

"I think an architect’s job is to celebrate what people really care about and simplify and streamline the rest.” —Page...
Gunnar Knechtel Photography, Italy, Sicily, Town: Syracuse, Island of Ortigia. The house of Francesco Moncada,.
Blocked from the wind, a deck at the rear of the house is a favorite place for sunbathing and also shelters planters of...
Four-year-old Ian plays in the courtyard, which is the center of family life in warmer months.
Sliding doors on either side of the living room and along the kitchen open all the way, allowing the breeze from the...
Maricarmen looks out toward the ocean from inside the sliding glass NanaWall.
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