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!."
- The deck of this Jackson Hole home, from Sunset Magazine, acts as an extension of the living room.
- Mark Egerstrom made the most of his West Hollywood home by adding a small deck.
- This low deck, from Landscaping Network, is all about comfortable lounging.
- Shades of Green Landscape Architecture created this wooden patio under the trees for a project in Orinda, CA.
- Johnson Architects designed Twisp Cabin, and its deck, to blend in with its environment.
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)