Will Austin

To capture the stunning views of the Puget Sound and the mountains beyond and give his clients ardently desired outdoor living space—something their hilly corner lot did not afford them—architect David Pelletier and contractor Jeff Rudd added a glass wall and a 500-square-foot deck to this 1950s Mid-Century Modern home. 

Along with a desire for “the largest deck possible,” his clients also requested a larger dining room, so the project team removed the small existing 8x10-foot deck off the dining room and infilled that space. To open the room to that beautiful view, Pelletier employed a moving glass wall system in two sections, which can be rolled back to provide a seamless transition from inside to outside. Where the dining room was infilled to capture space from the old deck, Pelletier had to add an additional support beam, but to maintain the continuity of the Mid-Century design, he cased it like the other beams in the room.

West Seattle residence with NanaWall
Will Austin West Seattle residence with NanaWall
Will Austin

The deck itself, which runs along the south and west sides of the house, is carried atop 12-foot tall engineered beams that angle and splay out, which perfectly serves the gently rounded shape of the deck. “We took maximum advantage of setbacks,” Pelletier says. “Because the house sits on the hill, they had minimal yard space, and this helps create yard space. The [clients] do a lot of entertaining, and this is a place for people to gather.”

Underneath the deck, framework is exposed by design, and from that aspect, Pelletier says the deck looks like a curving leaf with the joists mimicking branching veins. The architect used composite boards in a colorway that suits the age and design of the home, and employed cable railing, which allows the view to be the dominant player.

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