Low Wooden Decks: Yea or Nay?

I really want to like all of these low-to-the-ground decks. There's something so modern and casual and carefree about them. But then the architect in me gets all uptight, takes one look at them, and winces at the close contact between the wood and the ground. All I can think of is rot in the very near future.

Then that wild, crazy, less-than-practical little devil on my shoulder says, "These look great!," and "Don't worry so much!," and "Other people are doing it and the proof is right here in these beautiful photo shoots!."


What do you think? Do low wooden decks feel wrong to you because of putting wood in such close proximity to the ground and all of its moisture? Or am I just being a stick in the mud (no pun intended)?

(Images: as linked above)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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