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A neglected row house deck gets a winning makeover using low-maintenance materials.

The homeowners of this rowhouse wanted to revive their neglected deck, improve deck access from the kitchen, and use low-maintenance materials.

The original deck did not have a strong connection to the house.

Architect Richard Loosle's design included reconstructing a breakfast nook addition. An open-grate steel bridge leads to the new ipe deck over the garage.

A contrasting blue steel outline frames the view from the upper deck.

The new kitchen/breakfast nook addition has a wall of full-height windows and a glass door provides easy access to the deck.

Blue and white resin panels are interspersed between ipe slats to provide privacy and add a modern touch.

The architect provided deck planters for the homeowner, who is an avid gardner, and herb beds in the courtyard add texture to the graphic pattern created by a mix of stone and concrete pavers.

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