- Replace an existing tube-and-cloth canopy that regularly had to
be removed in bad weather and which blocked natural light from entering
- Better manage late-afternoon sun, which struck the façade full on, making the deck unusable.
- Create better access to the deck from outside the home.
SolutionsArchitect Alex Martinec and his crew removed the deck’s centrally located spiral staircase and installed stairs off to the side for easier access from the driveway.
To address the intense afternoon sun: they built a large roof, which both offers protection and creates an open space for outdoor dining; installed floor-to-ceiling blinds; and added sliding screens on either side of the deck to create balance and offer privacy. “Usually on a lake remodel you have to be aware not to disturb the neighbors’ views,” Martinec says. “Here, removing the existing railings and putting in the glass actually improved the neighbors’ views.”
Judges’ CommentsThis is a lovely reworking of a deck to better enjoy the lake views. The glass railing helps frame the roof and focus the view.
Products UsedBeams: LSB LiteSteel
Decking: Trex (Brasilia collection)
Lighting: Rejuvenation; Philips; Utilitech
Paints/stains: Sherwin-Williams; Benjamin Moore
Roofing: Versico (Versigard)
Siding: Western red cedar; James Hardie (HardiPanel)
Structural lumber: Louisiana Pacific