Hermanson Residence Deck Design by Thomas P. Deering


"Multiple levels and built in conveniences are the stuff deck dreams are made of, but too often we settle for a boxy block of boards. A well designed deck simply requires imagination and a plan. Take a look at this Seattle gem for inspiration.

"The top area of the deck is level with the house, so users can step out without stepping up or down. It's private and perfect fro early morning coffee. The lower decks fall away so the view can be seen in full no matter where you decide to visit.

"Planters, railings, and steps all work together to create a potpourri of outdoor "rooms," perfect for soaking in the spa, soaking up the sun, reading a book, enjoying a snack, or standing on the lowest level suspended over the view."

"Board-and-batten construction complements this home's design. The decking and caps of planters are sealed with a protective stain. The planters and walls of the deck are painted to match the home."
"Several built-in planting boxes bursting with annuals help divide the deck into platform areas. The planters are equipped with a drip irrigation system. Built-in lights in the planter cap allow for evening entertaining; an awning helps defy the late-day sun."

The above text and the top two images appeared in the Summer 1994 issue of Better Homes & Gardens, Garden, Deck & Landscape Planner.