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

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Project Info

Architect: Richard Loosle, Kube Architecture, Washington, D.C.
Contractor: Tom Stalheber, Stalheber Construction, Bethesda, Md.


  • Revive a neglected rowhouse deck
  • Improve deck access from the kitchen
  • Use low-maintenance materials


Richard Loosle’s design started with tearing down a breakfast nook addition and reconstructing it with a wall of full-height windows and a glass door. An open-grate steel bridge leads to the new ipe deck over the garage. Red railings around the walkway, stairs to the lower courtyard, and around the upper-story deck add a pop of color. A contrasting blue steel outline frames the view from the upper deck.

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.

Judges’ Comments

This project’s “extremely creative use and blend of materials” creates a warm and inviting space, said one judge. The jury commended the architect for his vibrant entertaining space that captures the feel of the urban environment.

Products Used

Residential Exterior Over $200,000